2021 Home and Small Business Network

A good network is the backbone of our daily lives these days and most Home and Small Business Networks are a recipe for frustration. I have installed this network in multiple locations now and have had zero complaints. People are always so happy to have a high quality network.


Ubiquiti Networks UniFi Dream Machine Pro All-In-One Enterprise Security Gateway & Network Appliance

8-port switch with 1GbE RJ45 and 10G SFP+ ports (1x WAN 1x LAN)

The UDM Pro is an all-in-one networking console that runs every UniFi OS application, like Network and Protect. It features a built-in security gateway, 10G SFP+ WAN support, an 8-port Gigabit switch, and network video recorder that supports compatible 3.5″ hard disk drives (HDDs).

  • Runs every UniFi OS application, including the pre-installed UniFi Network
  • 8-port switch with 1GbE RJ45 and 10G SFP+ ports
  • Integrated security gateway and UniFi Protect-ready network video recorder that supports compatible 3.5″ HDDs
  • Enterprise-class internet threat management, deep packet inspection, and WiFi AI functionality
  • Powered by a fast, 1.7 GHz quad-core processor
  • 1U-sized, rack-mountable console
  • Allows you to easily scale your deployment by connecting additional UniFi devices

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Core Switch

Ubiquiti Networks Networks UniFi Switch 8-Port 150 Watts, White


  • (8) Gigabit RJ45 Ethernet Ports
  • (2) 1G SFP Fiber Ports
  • Auto-Sensing IEEE 802.3af/at PoE
  • Configurable 24V Passive PoE
  • 10 Gbps Total, Non-Blocking Line Rate
  • Managed by UniFi Controller

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Indoor Wireless Access Point (WAP)

Ubiquiti UniFi 6 Lite Access Point | US Model | PoE Adapter not Included (U6-Lite-US)

2×2 high-efficiency Wi-Fi 6
  • 2×2 high-efficiency Wi-Fi 6
  • 5 GHz band 2×2 MU-MIMO and OFDMA with radio rate of 1.2 Gbps
  • 2.4 GHz band 2×2 MIMO with radio rate of 300 Mbps
  • Gigabit Ethernet, powered with 802.3af PoE
  • 802.3af PoE adapter not included

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Outdoor Wireless Access Point (WAP)

Ubiquiti Networks UAP-AC-M-PRO US UniFi AC Mesh Wide-Area Outdoor Dual-Band Access Point

802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Standards
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Standards
  • Range of up to 600
  • (2) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Ports
  • Integrated Omni Antennas
  • Passive Power over Ethernet

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When doing a network upgrade or installing a new network like this it is important to make sure you have the right cable and tools.

1000′ Cat6 Ethernet Cable – Buy on Amazon

  • HIGH PERFORMANCE NETWORK CABLE. This riser rated cat 6 lan cable is 23 AWG with 4 pairs (8 conductors). Suitable for 1 and 5 Gigabit speed up to 328 feet and 10 Gigabit speed up to 165ft depending on the installation environment. Bandwidth tested up to 550 MHz. Supports PoE, PoE+, and PoE++ (IEEE 802.3af/at/bt) up to 60W and 300V DC.
  • HASSLE FREE PACKAGING. 1000 feet (305 meters) of our trueCABLE product has been packaged in a tangle free, easy pull box so you don’t have to worry about getting behind on your next job.
  • SOLID BARE COPPER CONDUCTORS. Pure bare copper produces a stronger signal along with better conductivity and flexibility when compared to copper clad aluminum (CCA).
  • FOR USE INDOORS. The blue riser rated jacket is for use in between floors, in wall, and non-plenum spaces. Help fires from spreading floor to floor in vertical installations with mild flame retardance.
  • ✓ CERTIFIED by trueCABLE. Our data cables have been tested with a Fluke DSX-8000 Versiv CableAnalyzer and are in compliance with ANSI/TIA 568.2-D standards, RoHS-3 compliant, and cETLus certified. Backed by our FOREVER WARRANTY.

Klein Tools LAN Explorer Data Cable Tester with Remote VDV526-100

A tester is a good idea too. It can help with quickly diagnosing physical layer issues. Here is a link to a cheap one that will get the job done. If you do this for a living or work on a lot of networks get a better one.

Racheting Data Cable and CAT6 Plug 50-Pack Tool Kit, Pass Thru Installation Tool Kit, 2-Piece Klein Tools 80024 – Buy on Amazon

  • CONVENIENT KIT includes the Racheting Data Cable Crimper (Cat No. VDV226-110) and Pass-Thru Modular Data Plug (Cat. No. VDV826-703)
  • CONNECTOR INSTALLATION TOOL for voice and data applications
  • FAST, RELIABLE CONNECTOR INSTALLATIONS using Klein exclusive Pass-Thru Connectors
  • ON-TOOL WIRING GUIDE helps minimize wiring errors
  • ALL-IN-ONE TOOL features wire stripper, crimper, and cutter for paired-conductor data cables
  • PACK OF 50 connectors