How many of us have a home network rack in a closet someplace and leave the door open (or just off) to help keep things cool? Has your home lab been tucked away under the stairs so you don’t need to hear it? Or is it in the open so it stays cool and the noise drives you (or your other half) nuts? Well, let me tell you about what I am using to keep my home rack cool in a closet.
For me, I have a bunch of Ubiquiti devices (future post), Synology NAS, Cable Modem, UPS’, and some Intel NUC servers in my home rack. I also have a decent amount of lab Cisco and Juniper gear that I spin up when necessary ( I use an APC managed PDU ). Overall it is fairly quiet, but I still wanted to keep it out of the eyes of others and also to keep the kids from touching anything. What I found is that when I closed the door, the temperature in the closet would rocket up and I would start to get temperature alarms from devices. That forced me to keep the door open, not an optimal solution for when guests are over.