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Bear with me as this project will span some time.

So I’ve been playing around with servers in my free time(which isn’t much) and finally decided it’s high time to get my house wired up properly. It’s also helpful now that I actually own a house that I can modify to my liking.
So here’s the current mockup of what I’m heading towards.




On the left side, the two 2x4s are spaced just over 21” apart, this is close to what I need but just a bit too much. I’m going to have to install a spacer to reach the proper 19” width of my rack. On the right side is just enough space between the studs to install slide out shelves to hold up to 2 ATX tower cases. Until I start acquiring actual server boxes, this will be my server platform.

The Plan:
- Wire the house with CAT 6 cable to enable connectivity growth for present and future applications.
- Build stationary rack and tower case shelves using existing framework of staircase to basement.
- Purchase a quad or dual NIC to finish PFSense build and get it configured/installed.
- Purchase patch panel and switch to fit in new rack.
- Set Wireless router to AP mode, check old router for same functionality.
- Move file/backup server to sliding shelf.
- Move PFSense build to second sliding shelf
- Run coax cable from cable box to modem in basement
- Purchase remaining Node Zero equipment.
- Install NZ equipment.
- Install XMBC on old laptop to co locate with living room TV as server/media center.


Materials:

Have
- File/Backup server in Full Tower ATX case
- PFSense build(minus NIC) in mATX eMachines case
- Sliding Shelves Hardware and wood for shelves
- Netgear AC Wireless Router
- TP-LINK 5 port switch
- Netgear Wireless Extender
- Old ASUS laptop to use as media server
- Surge protection power strip

Need(list will continue to grow as planning continues)
- 16+ port gigabit switch
- Rack rails
- 2x4s to finish rack structure
- 4+ device KVM(USB)
- Slide out rack tray: Keyboard/mouse
- 1000’ CAT 6 solid copper cable
- CAT 6 wall plates and jacks
- CAT 6 patch cables .5 to 3 feet length
- 16+ port patch panel
- UPS Power Distribution

Well, that’s all the time I have right now. Stay tuned for updates as I get this planned out more detailed.
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Bench grinder = metalic dust = shorted components.
Sawdust = clogged case fans = overheat.

Looks like this is a workshop area. Perhaps enclosing the stairwell and filtered intake fans?
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Love the idea! thumb.gif
Billbartuska makes a good point though
    
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Bench grinder = metalic dust = shorted components.
Sawdust = clogged case fans = overheat.

Looks like this is a workshop area. Perhaps enclosing the stairwell and filtered intake fans?

Yeah, the plan is to filter that well. It is a workshop area, but that bench will get moved sooner than later. I came home to find my father in law set that up there. Which is crazy considering my work area is on the other side of the 1400 sqft basement rolleyes.gif But the plan is to enclose that area with filtered intakes and cabinet style doors on the front and rear. I just didn't add that to the Sketchup for time reasons. I will be revisiting the enclosure idea right before I start altering the framework.
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Love the idea! thumb.gif
Billbartuska makes a good point though

Thank you! Surprisingly enough it was easy to convince the wife to let me have that spot. I guess the "When we finish the basement it'll work perfectly and stay out of sight" was enough. tongue.gif
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Originally Posted by Dalchi Frusche View Post

Surprisingly enough it was easy to convince the wife to let me have that spot. I guess the "When we finish the basement it'll work perfectly and stay out of sight" was enough. tongue.gif
When you get ready to build a workshop, "And over here, far away from the workshop, will be your crafts area." works well.
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When you get ready to build a workshop, "And over here, far away from the workshop, will be your crafts area." works well.

Funny you should mention a craft space. For her mother's day gift, she is taking over the bay window sitting area and turning it into her craft space. The gift is to build her a craft desk. Sketchup below of the simple yet functional design.




Have you figured out I like Sketchup yet? haha
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Good to see you again S, welcome aboard.
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Originally Posted by Dalchi Frusche View Post

Funny you should mention a craft space. For her mother's day gift, she is taking over the bay window sitting area and turning it into her craft space. The gift is to build her a craft desk. Sketchup below of the simple yet functional design.




Have you figured out I like Sketchup yet? haha

Sketchup is perfect for getting ideas into a 3d space quickly and easily (and for free) smile.gif

Seem like a neat project you have going on! Will be following
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Sketchup is perfect for getting ideas into a 3d space quickly and easily (and for free) smile.gif

Seem like a neat project you have going on! Will be following

I fell in love with Sketchup when working out my design for my Double Dragon build. Being able to see something in 3D space really helps you understand how things need to fit and if there's adjustments to be made to make something look cleaner.

So my friends over at OCF brought up the point of airflow once it's been shut in. I responded with the following proposal: to put intake filtered fans in the stair risers starting at the 3rd step from the bottom, exhaust grill will be placed at the back and top of the stair area. Adjustments to Sketchup for visual below.



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