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#240141 22-Aug-2018 16:51
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Hi all, we're about to get Fibre, which is awesome, and also will be doing some renovations to the house in the near future and I'll be able to run cable here there and everywhere, so it seems like a good time to finally get a proper rack/cabinet setup, and ideally before we get Fibre, so nothing relating to that needs to be moved down that track. 




Currently I've got a 24 port Dynamix CAT6 patch panel, and a bunch of gear (modem, router, NAS, ATA, Switch, POEs etc) all sort of sitting on a shelf in the linen cupboard.... undecided

I was initially looking at a 'proper' 19" rack like the Dynamix RWM9, but the more I think about that idea, the less I like it, as it takes up a lot of room, and there's not actually much room inside for stuff that's not rack mountable. 




So I'm now thinking about the Dynamix HWS-4204V2 FTTH Enclosure, the patch panel I already have will mount nicely up the side with some brackets apparently and there should be enough room to mount everything. 

With a bit of a searching here I came across a thread from @snowfly who has pretty much the exact setup I'm looking at and I've got a couple of questions...




The mounting brackets and shelves - I see the brackets on Dynamix's site, but not the shelves, the shelves look mint.

Are they something that has been custom made, or am I not looking hard enough for them? From the image in that thread it looks as if the shelves clip into those brackets. 


For mounting equipment inside the cabinet, can a 'standoff' kit or something be ordered to work with with all the holes that are already in the back of the cabinet? What is the normal way of mounting equipment tidily inside those enclosures?


Thanks heaps!

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  #2077578 22-Aug-2018 17:07
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I wouldn't necessarily give up on the rack idea, even if it's mostly used for shelving. Yes, they do take up a lot of room, but consider how much space you may need for components in the future. If I didn't have a rack, I'd need considerably more floor space for my equipment, and cable management would be a nightmare. A rack has the advantage of being cheaper and more sturdy than other types of shelving, while being highly reconfigurable.




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  #2077582 22-Aug-2018 17:17
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I'd think about Keystone (compatible) modules and cheap plastic corrugated conduits/hoses. It gives the max flexibility and future proofness. What today is 1Gs/s copper could be a 10+Gb/s fiber backbone link in the future and nothing is easier than to bind the new "wire" to the old one and to tow the new one in and the old one out at the same.

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  #2077584 22-Aug-2018 17:24
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Hi @wratterus, those shelves are custom, just pieces of painted timber, attached to the Dynamix universal mounting brackets with screws (screwed from behind mounting plate, into the shelves).




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  #2077585 22-Aug-2018 17:29
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Hi @wratterus, those shelves are custom, just pieces of painted timber, attached to the Dynamix universal mounting brackets with screws (screwed from behind mounting plate, into the shelves).





Thanks, that's very nicely done. 

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  #2077589 22-Aug-2018 17:46
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When you said a proper rack, I thought you were thinking about a free-standing 42U cabinet. You should be able to get all the gear you mention in the 9U rack without too much difficulty.


I squeeze a NAS, two rack switches, a 16-port PoE injector, an Intel NUC, a Sky Decoder, an h.264 encoder and two HD HomeRun tuners in to 9U.

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  #2077606 22-Aug-2018 17:59
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Have you got a good spot in your house to put the cabinet, rack or whatever you end up using?

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