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Electronics Will this work?

Discussion in 'Modding' started by talladega, 9 Jan 2012.

  1. talladega

    talladega I'm Squidward

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    So over the next month or two I will be building a mini-itx file/media server. I want to have it place right by the modem and router and switch. I was thinking that I really dont like having so many power cables, so why not have the modem, router and switch get power from the server's PSU?

    This is the switch http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833156251
    This is the router http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320038

    The switch uses 5V @ 1A
    The router uses 12V @ 1.25A
    The modem is about the same as the router.

    So, would it work to take the 12V line and mount a power output via something like this http://www.allelectronics.com/make-a-store/item/DCJ-25/2.5MM-DC-JACK-PANEL-MOUNT/1.html

    I could do 1 each for the router and modem and then do a 5V one for the switch.

    The result would be my server being plugged into a UPS and then my router, modem and switch being plugged into the server, eliminating the use of 3 outlets on the UPS/ surge protector.

    So, will this work?
    If yes, any suggestions/tips on the best way to do it?
    If no, why??
     
  2. Dreamslacker

    Dreamslacker Minimodder

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    It will work but you will need to drill holes either on the case or a blank PCI bracket. Furthermore, you need to be careful as to which connector you're using because they will both carry different voltages.

    Why not use this instead:
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    http://www.amazon.com/PCI-Power-Panel-Pin-connectors/dp/B003L16ZOK/ref=pd_cp_e_3

    It's a PCI bracket with 3 Molex connector passthroughs.

    The cable you need to make is simply like this:
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    Since each molex connector carries both 12v and 5v in addition to ground and has a specific pin-out, you can safely connect to any of the 3 molex connectors without risk of applying the wrong voltage to the devices.

    On the up side, you get up to 2 more molex connectors if you want to simply connect a regular computer case fan for use outside of the system. Useful to make a cheap desk fan with spare case fans lying around. :)
     
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  3. talladega

    talladega I'm Squidward

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    Awesome. Thanks for your input! :thumb:
     
  4. Pranja

    Pranja Blackwolf

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    Most routers and switches I encountered were using 9 V.

    I would dissasemble switch and router power adaptors and solder AC from power supply to them.
     
  5. inzane86

    inzane86 engineer with an axe

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    It will work, and I think it's a great idea.
    Depends, how neat you want to make it, you could just cut of the leads from the switch and modem powerbricks and connect them to a male molex plug.
    [​IMG]
     

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