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Remote Box for CD/DVD, USB & Cooling Control

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Advice needed please smile.gif

Is it possible to build a box which is remote of a PC to contain the following:
  • 2 CD.DVD Read/Writers
  • USB 2.0 (or 3.0) Hub
  • Cooling controller (such as Lamptron FC5 or FC6)
  • Anything else of use (suggestions please)


It's not that I'm too lazy to get out of the chair to twiddle those knobs or push those buttons, it's really not biggrin.gif

The distance (in wire length) between the two points is around 5m (16 ft).


Thanks in advance
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Yes, however the fan controller will add a LOT of complexity because you will need quite a few individual power wires. You are better off using either software controls of fans hooked up to the motherboard, or just having everything set/forget or on auto.

Regarding the optical drives, do you really need that many? If you have a disc that you always use, why not make an image of it and use Alcohol/Dtools to load it?

Otherwise, yes you can. You will have to mod stuff, but what you would want is to run it all off a single USB cable. At 5m you may need an active USB extension. Then, use an external enclosure to mount the stuff you want.

If you do some searches, you might find some off-the-shelf devices that come close to what you might want.
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Intel 330 240GB SSD, Crucial M4 256GB mSATA SSD... Samsung DVDRW CoolIt Eco Windows 7 Home Premium x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 305T Plus, Dell 2005FPW Cooler Master QuickFire Pro mechanical keyboard Rosewill Capstone 450W Lian Li PC-Q11B 
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