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FlyingPete

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#192149 29-Feb-2016 08:04
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Built a new enclosure for my FritzBox so it would sit in my home rack better, half a 1U 19" space (the second half has my POE injectors), LEDs even work.  Didn't bother with all the USB ports as I never really use them, same for the second telephone port.

 

Much better than the original sitting on a shelf :)

 

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  #1501172 29-Feb-2016 08:30
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That is a really cool hack.




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  #1501178 29-Feb-2016 08:48
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do you have more pictures

 

and what did you actually do?


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  #1501179 29-Feb-2016 09:05
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Here is some of the build process, basically I made it from a 1U aluminum blanking plate from Jaycar.

 

Messy cuts in plate made with Dremel, keystone sockets glued in (got the keystone sockets from some surface mount adapters from Jaycar, not quite a perfect fit as they are a bit shallow compared with the aluminum plate, a #D printer could have really helped here!):

 

 

Rear view:

 

 

Made some packers out of sheet plastic from PlasticBox (the shop that is) to deal with the recess issue, also made the holes smaller:

 

 

Filled and sanded, can also see I used a different packer for USB socket:

 

 

Cleaned up and painted, sign writing vinyl used for the coloured bits, the desktop Brother P-Touch used for the graphics (the box to left of image), LED light pipes used for LEDs, the other ends are hot glued to the surface mount LEDs on the Fritz board, keystone sockets added, the sockets are basically joiners allowing for short UTP cables to be connected to the ports on the Fritz so in theory the whole thing is undoable (if I can get the hot glue off)

 

 

Another view in the rack, cables still need a bit of right sizing and tidying, the cables are colour coded, white is standard Ethernet, yellow is POE powered (for access point and security cameras), red is non Ethernet old school phone/DSL stuff, grey is I ran out of white cables!

 




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  #1501221 29-Feb-2016 09:45
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Cooling still ok? Looks good, and sounds like a fun project, I'd just have used duct tape...


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  #1501233 29-Feb-2016 09:57
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timmmay:

 

Cooling still ok? Looks good, and sounds like a fun project, I'd just have used duct tape...

 

 

 

 

Cooling seems OK so far, the space behind the plate is open and there is air movement from the racks fan.


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  #1501401 29-Feb-2016 12:18
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Thanks for sharing this, nice job. I'm starting to get inspired to sort out my spaghetti rack :)


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