Unified communication and automation cabinet.

Written by: techguru

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I originally had a messy arrangement of wiring and devices hidden behind my TV. These devices are my home automation and data communications equipment. I wanted a cabinet to unify everything to provide protection and ease of maintenance. 

Here's how I did this.

Step 1: Wall mounting.

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The cabinet I ordered was from Amazon and it's a fire resistant type of plastic. It has 4 tabs for wall mounting. I used a concrete drill bit and wall plugs to secure the cabinet onto the wall.

Step 2: Power and metering.

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My entire home automation and communications setup is powered via 25.6v dc from my solar battery bank. This cabinet provides connections for tapping power to my various devices. 

I used a back-lit dc power meter to allow easy reading of usage. 

Also I used a terminal strip to provide 5, 12, 25.6v dc to the equipment.

Step 3: Keeping the wiring in one place.

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Basically I moved the mess into the cabinet. Don't worry there is a method to the madness. The labjack u3 is the cornerstone for my home automation.

Step 4: Communications devices.

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My cable modem and WiFi router are nicely tucked away in the cabinet. I removed all cases to save space inside the cabinet. I'm sure my Internet provider won't be happy at what I did to their modem. At least it's cooling better now.

Step 5: Watchdog timer.

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I created this timer to auto reboot the pc should it crash. It simulates pressing of the reset button on the motherboard.

Step 6: Home access.

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I used some infrared relays with girder 6 to direct access my home from my phone.

Step 7: Cabinet lighting

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I used a spare led strip to provide lighting within the cabinet. It is powered from the 25.6v line.

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