So, I have my systems in rack cases and I am looking for rack options that are not just standard boring server racks. Currently I am toying with the idea of putting everything into a 19" flight case for music studio equipment. Those come with big wheels, they are sturdy, they look different and my systems would fit since they are pretty short.
This is basically what I’m looking at:
Now I want to know what else is there or in what way does your rack do things differently?
I’m probably not gonna go DIY but I would gladly take a look at those, too.
I have seen those, yeah.
there is an Ikea option. of course
Something like this?
That is something, definitely. But I was more asking for actual experience, at least that was the intention.
I think the PA racks I used are made by Thon. I never pay attention to that.
I have 3 vertical racks mounted horizontally under my desk.
pThis 4U 19in Wall Mount Bracket offers a versatile storage solution, allowing equipment to be mounted vertically (flush with wall) to save space. Alternatively, the 4U bracket can be installed under ...
I actually had a thread about it when I did the first one.
I added a 4U rack to my desk. It’s pretty easy to do.
If you aren’t relatively comfortable with a drill, I don’t recommend this as your first drill-centric project, but if you are, then it’s an easy way to make your desk a lot more useful, and potentially tidier.
Startech 4U Vertical Rack (Comes in up to 6U).
6 X 10mm M6 Threaded Inserts
6 X 12mm M6 Screws
1 X Drill
1 X 3/8" Drill Bit
1 X Depth Stop (Optional/recommended)
1 X Metric Hex Key Set
? X Things that go in a rack
? X Square-hole rack hardware
I prefer scews/inserts when installing something like this onto a wood surface. You get a better grip into the wood and you can take the screws in and out as much as you want without degrading the grip that the thread has in the wood.
Make sure your desk is thick enough for the inserts. I have an Evodesk with a 3/4" bamboo table top. A cheap Ikea or equivalent table top might be made of a fiber board. Rack mount equipment can be heavy, so you definitely want to have something that is solid wood.
Temporarily fix the vertical rack to the bottom of the desk, and trace the holes where the screws need to go. Don’t get sloppy here. It’s critical the holes are aligned perfectly.
Set the depth stop of your drill bit to the length of the inserts, and drill holes for the inserts. Then screw the inserts in.
Screw in the rack and put stuff in it.
DO AS I SAY NOT AS I DO:
Take everything off the table and turn it upside down. I was lazy and did not do that. Now my holes aren’t perfectly aligned so it doesn’t screw in flush (see left side).
The bamboo table top is not ideal. I would prefer a hardwood like oak or something. I’ll let you know if this falls out one day and breaks my foot. It feels solid, but I was not 100% happy with how the inserts grabbed the wood.
I think M5 inserts/screws will give you enough grip while providing more leeway on hole alignment. The M6 screws are exactly the size of…
Yeah, that image that I posted, that is also a Thon.
That’s cool, neve thought about that. Won’t work for me but still, I like it.
My first rack was DIY… was a learning experience.
I should post this on the roast thread.
I made my own rack a few years back. Welded together 1 inch square steel tubing and bought the 20U mounting rails off amazon. This picture is outdated by quite a bit (from the beginning of 2016), but it gives a good idea of what it looks like.
The 4U case is out of the rack atm, and the specs for that system have changed twice. I actually have two of those cases now, and when my living situation changes they’ll both be going in the rack.
The firewall system is now pfSense, but the specs are the same. I don’t use the HP server at all. Maybe someday for novelty, but it’s just not economical for anything.