Needs to be able to accept 19" rackmount on one half, shelves on the other half.
============Ξiling===**========**==========| ** ** | ----------------------------- | | || || Power Bar | | | || 19" stuff|| | | | || || C C | | | || || C C C C | | | || ||-----------| | | || || | | | || || | | | || || | | | || || C C C C| | ----------------------------- | | | | | Top of piano, about 5 ft off floor
C = computers - that sort of thing... ** Cables
To be mounted up against ceiling with cornice (net cables drop down) and be open backed so I can mount either a long run of 10 surface sockets or an equipment 13A 10 way bar into a fused spur on the brick wall.
Normal metal cabinets are banned - too deep and ugly. This should look more or less like a regular cupboard (wire mesh vents excepted) until you open it :)
I expect > 20 Cat5e/6a cables coming back here plus phone and a loop or spur to nearby ring main.
I'm thinking of a kitchen wall cabinet with a couple of 2x2" or 2x1" vertical struts drilled in the 19" hole pattern with nut-serts in in rear to take long machine screws.
Not heavy equipment - this will take 1 patch panel frame and some prosumer net switches with rack mounting "ears" on. Hence why it does not need to be deep.
The other side will have a small array of small computer - an HP Proliant mini server, miniITX unit and misc small things like DECT/VOIP phone base, home automation base and similar.
A cabinet in "shaker" style would be favoured by SWMBO and wood rather than chip preferred.
And we need big passive vents top and bottom covered with course mesh. Not a lot of heat but it must be allowed to convection cool easily.
Unless anyone spontaenously knows of a good cupboard to start with that would be adaptable, I was wondering if I might be able to quickly (couple of weeks sort of quickly) knock this up out of 12mm ply made into a box, ply doors and some 3x1/2" sort of sized trim glued on to give it the "shaker panelled look" - it's all going to be painted anyway.
The box would be open backed and some large holes could be cut in the top section to allow bundles of cables down.
Looking to buy a router so that could be used to perhaps add features.