In October of 2004 I undertook a semi-major project – turning part of our basement into a Network Operations Center.
One section of the basement is a small room, about 6 feet by 15 feet, not counting the area under the stairs, which is only usable for storage of oddly-shaped things. The conduit that we had the electrician install in the house all terminates in this room. I have placed a bunch of pictures online:
I had written lengthy descriptions for each picture, but due to misleading options in the upload program, they were truncated to a shadow of their former selves. I edited them so they didn’t look stupid… perhaps one day I will revisit them and add more detail.
A few months after the rack was installed, Kathy made me a bunch of large shelves to complete the space. As you can see from the second set of pictures, it has collected crap and is now due for a major cleanup effort. I also have severe wire management issues on the rack.
For the most part, this project was fun. Punching the wires took a lot of effort. I punched down all 384 wires on the distribution side, then used a tone tool to locate each wire on the rack side so it would be punched to the same port. I’m pretty sure that if that small break wasn’t built in after each cable that my arms would have died from working over my head continuously. When I was done with all the punching, the cat5 test unit I borrowed from work only revealed a handful of wires that had been mispunched. I managed to fix one of those wires wrong, which left the cable too short to fix again. Luckily, I had run 8 extra wires just in case. This turned out to be a wise idea.