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I was thinking of moving all my systems and networking equipment (except my desktop obviously) into this closet where the washer/dryer goes since I don't have one and I was wondering about the wireless signal from my router if it would be affected and cause any issues with wireless devices being in a closed room like this.

And if not, what would be the best way to set all this up you think? Cable wise, etc. The cable modem outlet is in the office so I would need to figure out how to run the coxial from there to this hall closet, which isn't but maybe 5ft away, but there's doors in the path of it. And I'm in an apartment as well so can't do nothing to drastic.

And what to use these old computers for, can't be nothing intensive as they're only single core systems, I think one may be dual core not sure haven't looked at it in forever.

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I was thinking of moving all my systems and networking equipment (except my desktop obviously) into this closet where the washer/dryer goes since I don't have one and I was wondering about the wireless signal from my router if it would be affected and cause any issues with wireless devices being in a closed room like this.

And if not, what would be the best way to set all this up you think? Cable wise, etc. The cable modem outlet is in the office so I would need to figure out how to run the coxial from there to this hall closet, which isn't but maybe 5ft away, but there's doors in the path of it. And I'm in an apartment as well so can't do nothing to drastic.

And what to use these old computers for, can't be nothing intensive as they're only single core systems, I think one may be dual core not sure haven't looked at it in forever.


Ideas?

Make sure you have airflow in the closet... I have seen devices get cooked by doing this. Signal strength should not be affected majorly if you have standard wood frame / drywall construction... maybe a small drop, but no more than you would see from an adjoining room anyway.

In apartments, I have run coax under the carpets (right next to the tack strip) to get them where I needed them. May have to rent a carpet "kicker".. no big deal!

The old systems? Donate them for tax write off's unless you need them for something. If you hurry you could even do that today... and put them on last years return, lol!
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Would like to do something with them. Was thinking firewalls, but I don't even think a single core system would do that efficiently.

And the only 'airflow' is the hole for the dryer duct going outside, that's about it.
    
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Would like to do something with them. Was thinking firewalls, but I don't even think a single core system would do that efficiently.

And the only 'airflow' is the hole for the dryer duct going outside, that's about it.

keep an eye on the humidity if the duct is open, you should be fine and most ducts have flaps on the exit, but these are electronics.
maybe stick a small 12v fan on the duct to push air out of the closet, that would provide a flow path.
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Ok, besides making sure the airflow is fine, it should be fine with everything in there then? That way the only cables I would need to run would be the coxial from the office to the closet and one ethernet from the closet to the office. Should cut down on the amount of clutter in the office by a huge amount and get the 'server' out of my living room.

Only problem then is how to use the 'server' as a HTPC as well. Guess that could be a excuse to build another box for a htpc.
    
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