At work we recently purchased a new file server that has a brand new Areca 1880 series RAID controller. Which unfortunately is not supported by the arcmsr kernel module that ships with Ubuntu Server 10.04.1. So I looked around on the web for someone who's blazed this trail before me and only found the occasional forum post that offered a few hints for a particular problem that someone ran into in this process. I never found a detailed walk through the entire process. Which lead to this blog post that I hope will help fill in the gaps for others.
A few months ago I decided to do what a lot of geeks do. No...not go to Comic-Con. I decided to wire up my house with ethernet. The main goal here was really to get GigE between my office on the 2nd floor and the basement where my file server is located. I figured as long as I'm pulling cables I might as well take the plunge and wire up the whole house and to do it right. Complete with a patch panel and wall plate mounted ethernet ports.