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The web site is powered by a custom built server ("tiger") based on an ASUS A8V-XE motherboard and a 2.4 GHz AMD Athlon 64 processor. Backups are stored using a Seagate STD28000N DDS-2 DAT unit connected to an Adaptec AHA-2940 SCSI interface card. This system also provides DNS services for the local network, handles all e-mail for the domain (external as well as local, including a web interface) and a few other local services such as DHCP and centralised authentication, logging and monitoring. It also doubles as a file server for the local network, centered around a RAID-5 array of SATA disks.
The server, along with the firewall, ADSL modem and a small network switch are all housed in a corner of the basement and connected to a Belkin F6C120-UNV UPS, which is a huge step up from what used to be their home in an overheated hallway closet in the apartment we previously lived in.
Currently, there is only one pc ("lynx") actually being used as a desktop. It is another custom built system, very similar to the server, but based on an ASUS A8V motherboard and an AMD Opteron 148 2.2 GHz processor.
Amusement in the form of moving pictures and sound comes from a stationary DVD player which also deals with other spurious formats such as MP3, OGG/Vorbis and DivX and has a 10/100 Mbps network interface for streaming media including web radio over the Internet. (Yes, I am rather proud of this device, why d'you ask?)
The local network is a switched 10/100 Mbps network, driven by three autosensing Netgear switches. One of them is mounted in the attic and connects the RJ-45 wall sockets in the basement, office and living room to each other. The other two provide local area network access to computers in the office and basement, respectively. Wireless support (yes, I really do need to be able to browse the web from my couch) is handled by a Netgear WPN802 wireless access point.
Access to the Internet is provided by an ADSL link carrying roughly 8 Mbps of data downstream and 1024 kbps upstream.
Keeping the borders safe is the responsibility of a Soekris net4801 device ("whisker") which is equipped with an AMD Geode processor, three 10/100 Mbps network interface ports and a wireless network interface.