The technology section will describe the hardware infrastructure that is installed to allow an effective Security, Computing and Entertainment platform.  Some cabling was installed when the bungalow was built and other was retro-fitted. The solar panel additional feature is explained.

  • RF cables: we have over 400m of WF100 co-ax cable installed for the distribution of VHF radio, FreeView TV and FreeSat TV.  
  • LAN cables: we have over 300m of CAT6A rated cable installed with at least 2 sockets per room.
  • Audio cables: all rooms have 4 way cable installed for the Sonos system.
  • 16 way cables: 16 way cable is installed from every room, terminating in the study.
  • Solar Panels: diverting surplus energy to the immersion heater.

The entertainment section will describe how the FreeSat TV, FreeView TV, VHF Radio, Internet Radio, DVD and blu-ray ISO images, video files, and mp3 and flac audio files are played on devices.  Key to the Entertainment system is the 40TB Networked Attached Storage (NAS).  I will go on to explain the following:

  • NAS: which stores video, audio, data and ISO images of DVDs and blu-rays.
  • TV signal distribution: how this is distributed around the house.
  • Video: how stored and played.
  • DVD and bluray ISO images: the unique requirements is ISO images.
  • Sonos audio: our custom approach to audio.

By storing audio and video files once on a NAS, they are immediately playable on any PC, TV, laptop, iphone or iPad in our property.

I am not going to write too much about the security at our bungalow.

The security cameras are the most obvious visible source of security, together with other devices around our bungalow

The security camera history video is held for a number of days and various alarms and alerts are triggered when motion is detected.

There are other intruder detection and alert systems both inside and outside the property but I'll provide no further details. 

We have multiple Uninterruptable Power Supplier (UPSs) in the property to cope with power cuts and preserve security warnings.


For computing components, quality is always more important than price.  The main "quality" hardware we use are:

  • Computers:  home built
  • Laptops:  Lenovo X1 Carbon and T series laptops
  • Network: QNAP NAS and Netgear switches
  • Audio: Creative Labs and Logitech
  • Phones and tablets - Apple
  • Router - Draytek Vigor
  • Printers - HP

 All devices (computers, NASs, IP cameras, printers) here at redoak and hard-wired LAN connected and I never use wireless unless there is no wired alternative. The reason for a strong wired preference is speed but primarily security.  All computers, phones and tablets connect to the internet using a VPN for safety and security.