Tag: Rackmount

LED strip lighting for my a/v rack cabinet

Posted on Oct 23, 2013  - Last updated on Dec 07, 2013
By Benoit Frigon

LED strip lighting for my a/v rack cabinet

I installed a LED strip in my a/v rack to make it easier to see when I’m working on it. My plan was to buy white LEDs but it turned out to be cheaper to get RGB strips of the length I needed where I bought them. The kit comes with a controller and a remote control which allows you to set the intensity and change colors.

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Custom 19 inch rack cabinet

Posted on Aug 12, 2013  - Last updated on Dec 07, 2013
By Benoit Frigon

Custom 19 inch rack cabinet

This is the rack cabinet i made for my a/v and network equipment. The cabinet is 75.5"H x 20.5"W x 19"D and consist of 3 sections, the 2 upper sections are 19-1/8" wide rack mount space and the lower section is a 16" height compartment to store my UPS. There are 18 units of rack space in the middle section and 12 units in the upper section.

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Analog Audio/Video Routing Switcher

Posted on Jun 24, 2013  - Last updated on Feb 23, 2014
By Benoit Frigon

Analog Audio/Video Routing Switcher

This is an old project! I made it 10 years ago. My DIY skills improved quite a bit since then…

It’s an audio/video (composite) routing switcher, i used it to switch between video sources on my tv. The tv I had back then only had 1 video input. It consist of a 8×8 video crosspoint (MAX4456) and a 16×16 analog crosspoint (AD8113) controlled by a small microcontroller (PIC18F452). It allowed me to distribute an audio/video signal from 5 different sources to 5 outputs by selecting it on the panel. I could split the audio from one input channel and take the video from another one if I wanted. It has 8 presets I can program to quickly recall channels assignation. It’s still working and I still use it today, but now, it’s used for routing audio only.

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Home media server

Posted on Jun 17, 2013  - Last updated on Jan 31, 2014
By Benoit Frigon

Home media server

This is my media server which stores my media library plus other services (pxe boot server, a private apt repository). It has a TV tuner and i use TVHeadend to stream the live tv to my HTPC. It also manage the recordings. I did not build a custom case for this project, i bought it off the shelf (iStarUSA D-118V2-ITX 1U rackmount case) but i made some modifications to it.

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Asterisk PBX

Posted on May 06, 2013  - Last updated on Feb 23, 2014
By Benoit Frigon

Asterisk PBX

This is my Asterisk telephony server (PBX). It consists of a SBC board (PcEngine ALIX 2d2) and a FXS/FXO board (Openvox A400M with 2 FXS and 1 FXO modules). The alix2d2 has a Geode LX800 processor at 500 Mhz and 256 MB of memory. Not particularly fast, but enough for the job. I needed it to be a very low power system (under 10 watts) since it has to run 24/7.

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Making front panels with decals

Posted on May 06, 2013  - Last updated on Feb 23, 2014
By Benoit Frigon

Making front panels with decals

When i design enclosures for my projects, the goal is to make it look professional as much as possible. I put many hours into designing, building and painting. Sure, I could go and buy a ready-made case, but I would not get the satisfaction that you get from designing and building it yourself. Most of the equipment in my rack cabinet is custom-made, even the rack itself. This article describes in details the techniques I use and how I apply the decals to the front panel.

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