Mounting a 12u wall mounted rack and 10G networking in garage

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  1. VirtualBacon

    VirtualBacon New Member

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    Hopefully this is the right part of the forum. I posted this on /r/homelab but it got removed for not being related to homelabs. As usual overmoderation is rampant over there. I want to share this as I was looking for ideas on how to mount it, and I didn't really find any good full guides or posts where someone had done it outside of a commercial environment with no issues. In reality nothing will go right and it will all be a mess, like in my garage... Here is all the details

    I have a rack in my house, but I also wanted to mount an AP and several PoE cameras on the garage. The garage is detached, and running cables to it via a small breezeway is very tough. I opted to do 1 run of fiber over there and have a switch, instead of running multiple runs of cat6. This also removes a potential path of lightning since I have some antennas mounted and connected back to the network for ADSB flight tracking

    First I bought 30m of OM3 from Fiberstore, and a Cisco WS-C2960S-48LPD-L which has 2 x 10G SFP+ ports, and 48 PoE+ ports. The switch uses around 30w of power idle, so its not too bad for the very low purchase price

    First I ran the fiber from my rack, back to my garage via some conduit I had already installed for the AT&T Fiber which terminates on the back of my garage, and runs through the house


    Fiber from the main rack

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    Into the wall (I will neaten this up later...)

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    And here it comes in the garage

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    I got the switch configured, and hooked up a spare APC SMT1000RM2u UPS I had

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    I left it here and monitored temperatures for a week and everything looked fine. On to mounting the rack

    I ripped off the old wood veneer(?) that was on the wall to get a look at the studs in the location I wanted to mount. Sadly the studs were 24" on center, not 16" on center which is what the rack mounting brackets were designed for. There was also a very loose stud right next to a normal one, along with some crappy power. he sheathing was also eaten up by rats (Or something) at the bottom, it looks like its been like this a while

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    I went ahead and ripped out the old sheathing as well as installing a new 2x4 stud 16" across from the good one. This would give me the space to mount the rack. I also screwed the loose stud to the one next to it. I installed protector plates for the electrical too. I used stud brackets and outdoor rated nails, and used a 3 inch outdoor screw in the top and bottom for added strength

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    I used pressure treated lumber as there were some studs in the garage that had some damage from wood destroying insects

    I drilled holes in the top plate and in the sheathing to run cable through

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    I also run some 12/2 for a new dedicated 20a circuit

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    I mounted some plywood to the studs, and installed a 2 gang nylon box for the receptacles

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    I installed 2 x 20a duplex receptacles

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    I had these screws to mount the rack, but they were not suitable for the PT wood. I ended up getting the same type but in in the outdoor variety

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    I got a metal plate for the receptacles, looks much better now

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    I installed protector plates on the top holes, and then drilled some holes for cables to come into the rack. The brush plates were $6 at home depot, so I got 2 x 44c dryer receptacle covers and used those

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    Got the rack mounted to the studs. Its very strong, I can do pullups on it no problem



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    I pulled the fiber through, I ended up having to get another 30m of fiber because of where I placed the rack in the garage


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    Sadly I could not use the bottom 1u as the brackets from the rack take up the space. So I mounted the rails for the UPS 1u higher

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    They needed rear support, so I just screwed them into the plywood

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    It wasn't inline with the stud, but it was still very strong



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    I made sure the rack was extended enough to have enough room behind the UPS

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    I mounted the switch

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    Hopefully these images help someone!
     
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  2. T_Minus

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    Nice! Looking good
     
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  3. VirtualBacon

    VirtualBacon New Member

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    Thanks! Now I just need to figure out what else to put in it...
     
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