This is a work in progress. As I make more decisions and receive additional suggestions/advice, I will update this page.
I live in an apartment. The Verizon FiOS ONT is outside on the ground floor. I live two floors up.
I am considering moving the rack from the bedroom to 7x12ft locked room in the basement. It would share space with my washer and dryer (which is vented to the outside).
- noise – While I can easily hear birds outside when the window is open, there is about 40-50db of sound about 4ft from my chair. The noise increases as the apartment heats up in summer.
- heat – In the winter, it’s a nice apartment warmer. In the summer, it can get to be 85F in the office even when the rest of the apartment is 77F.
What will I lose?
- heating – The room is fine in winter. I heated the apartment one one day this winter, and I’m sure that will get more expensive
What will I gain?
- cooling – It will be easier to cool the place in summer
Things I want/need to do
- Stack the washer and dryer to free up more floor space
- Get 2x 20A lines installed
- Convert the ONT to ethernet-out and run a line to the switch in the basement
- To provide network service to the apartment, run an ethernet cable outside, up the side of the building, probably in conduit, just because I can. This might need to be multiple cables (see below).
- Perhaps a better solution is running fiber from the basement to the apartment and buy an SFP+ capable switch
- The basement has had water on the floor about 3 times in the past four years. Depth was about 0.25″ – 0.5″ on the concrete floor. That depth will not touch any gear.
- There are 6 network cables which exit the rack. These handle various devices within the apartment.
- I have several VLANs; Some of these service devices in the apartment (e.g. TV, stereo are on one VLAN, wireless is on another VLAN, $WORK is another VLAN, etc). I’m going to need a managed switch up in the apartment to talk nicely with the switches in the basement. Or I could run multiple cables between basement and apartment.
- Running multiple wires might be a good idea regardless.
What do I not yet know how to do
- Vent to the outside for cooling, I don’t know if I can leverage the existing vent for the dryer or even if that’s useful
- Perhaps a vent in the door to draw in air from the rest of the basement.
- The rack draws about 800 watts
Please leave idea and suggestions in the comments below. Thank you.