Hi all! Most of you probably know my other project(s) and although they are progressing slowly i have another one which is half ready now. Rack-IT is (as the name obviously says) a rack project. I got tired of all the lan and phone cables antenna cables(cable modem) and stuff hanging around so since i already was putting up new wallpaper and repainting why not do something about that mess o wires aswell. The idea is/was to put all lan / phone cables etc into a rack that isn't in the way. i want my room to be organized finally (got new furniture custom made on the way). So the first thing was to make the rack itself. The rack: -I wanted the rack to be large enought to fit in everything and also be decorative that's why my choice of material ended up to be pine-wood. It came out to be a 5 u rack just the size to hang it above my door. The mounting rails i made out of an L shapred rod of aluminum. Also i will be putting up a tinted plexi door onto it which will open upwards. The wires you see coming outta the wall above the rack...those are the ones I tapped the 220V in the wall with so there's no need for a plug for the rack. -For all the LAN and phone purposes i decided to get a patch-panel and since it's my home i only needed a small one (smallest i could get was this 16 port one).One half serves LAN purposes the other phone. Since it has a small space between the two lines of ports i will be building a phone line busy signaling LED into that space. You can see the patch-panel installed and the router and the cable modem already working there. -The router and the cable modem don't have any rackmounting ears so a 1U rackmount will be custom tailored for them (both will fit into the 1 u mount and maybe even a tiny 5 port switch will go there). More about this later. I will post a drawing about them the next time or maybe even the finished version if all goes well. -A rack is not complete without a rackmount pc which will be my server. I am trying to locate an older pc late pII or early pIII for this purpose since the stuff going into this is currently a 2500+ amd barton which will go into my portable music studio. anyway the mobo size is the same and the psu will stay which is a pull from an old p1 dell. It's silent as death itself since it has a small 6cm fan which has a really low rpm. The case itself is made out of 1mm thick aluminum which will be reinforced along the lower edges. The pc started out to be a 3U chassis but it ended up 2.5U. There will be a backlit 4*20 char parallel LCD in the middle displaying network traffic and stuff, along with one mobile rack (if i can fit it into the case since the depth is limited) and power hdd activity and such leds. For hdd there will be a 80 gig 2.5"hdd in there since those are exceptionally silent. No need for a cdrom since after one install i won't need it unless something goes terribly wrong. It's gonna run win2000 server with all service packs and patches OR linux debian or such haven't really decided yet but that can wait. more pics will be up tomorrow or maybe even now dunno yet.