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14 minutes ago, Topline said:

Also, roughly how much space does your server rack occupy. Would like to see if I can fit something like this into one of my cabinets.

My server rack is 600mm wide x 1000mm deep x 2100mm tall. This is a full sized server rack usually used in data centers.

600mm wide is minimum as the normal rack mounted equipments will be around 500mm wide. There are also wider, shorter and less deep ones as well. Some small ones can be mounted on the wall near the ceiling as well

 

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Is there anything special about a server rack? compared to any shelf? Eg. cooling fan.

just wondering if I can simply put the switch etc into an existing cabinet without getting a rack.

 

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2 hours ago, snoozee said:

Need to have a normal phone line subscription or plug in the digital phone line also can. But also depends on the model of the PBX system. I’m using a system from Panasonic 

Why didn’t you just use cordless phones with additional handsets? I’m thinking of just doing that with one handset per floor. Would that suffice?

 

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24 minutes ago, Topline said:

Is there anything special about a server rack? compared to any shelf? Eg. cooling fan.

just wondering if I can simply put the switch etc into an existing cabinet without getting a rack.

yes there are cooling fans that can be installed on top to extract the hot air.

a server rack has standard sized mounting brackets for my networking equipment to mount to. also all my network cables are terminated onto a patch panel and then patch cords are used to connect the network switch to the network points on the patch panel. it just makes things neater and easier to maintain for me. also i have a rack mounted backup battery for my networking equipment, CCTV and video doorbell/intercom system as well.

of cos you can do put your equipment anywhere you wish to. just that having 20 to 30 cables to manage is not going to be easy to organise and maintain. ultimately, it's up to individual preference. 

 

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27 minutes ago, Topline said:

Why didn’t you just use cordless phones with additional handsets? I’m thinking of just doing that with one handset per floor. Would that suffice?

it's due to the amount of phones (total 7 units) I need as well as having the broadcast functionality that I chose my Panasonic PBX. I can't possibly charge a cordless phone in my lift as well.

The number of handsets you need really depends on your own family needs. I have one for each room and lift so the PBX which I got is just nice since it can support up to 8 extensions.

 

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On 4/25/2021 at 7:28 AM, snoozee said:

As long as you can get your wiring to the gate, it’s not an issue

How would the wiring connect to a sliding gate? The wiring would need to have slack for almost the entire length of the gate when it opens?

 

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12 minutes ago, Kellhound said:

How would the wiring connect to a sliding gate? The wiring would need to have slack for almost the entire length of the gate when it opens?

this would be challenging. not sure if anyone in the market has done a sliding gate with built in electronic pedestrian gate or not.

but technically it can be done as long as you have a way to do the cable management. maybe some kind of wiring which is stretchable like telephone cords can be used or a cable reel which releases and collects the cable as the gate is closed/opened. also most electronic pedestrian gates uses an electronic rim lock so the thickness of the rim lock needs to be considered as well.

 

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Are there companies who help to set up these server racks for LAN points, wifi and CCTVs? Suspect i will need help.... How much do they charge? Any recommendations?

 

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2 hours ago, Topline said:

Are there companies who help to set up these server racks for LAN points, wifi and CCTVs? Suspect i will need help.... How much do they charge? Any recommendations?

I DIY all these myself.

if you want to find someone, must find a system integrator who can do both trades. else need to get 2 different contractors. I suggest you search online and then short list the possible companies and get them down to do a site survey. cos the network design must be done first so that you can get your electrician to lay the cables unless your system integrator can run the cables for you. check with your main contractor or electrician to see if they have any contacts. usually easier to work with someone whom they already know so easier to coordinate the works.

 

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