I have started my network hub cabinet project. It is external and is in a repurposed box that has been weather protected for this purpose. Being as it is metal, I put an additional plastic box next to it that has a wireless router installed inside. I plan to change the router and externalize the antennae to get better signal path.
I am starting from scratch with all my power and network so I could do anything I want. I started with my service panel. It is overkill for service in the U.S. but I wanted lots of power for future stuff. I had to install the meter and master breakers on a panel of their own since the house will be a manufactured home and by code the meter can not be installed on the house
WHY? Because it is considered mobile because it can be easily removed and the meter has to be permanent. I built the panel but wanted it to be aesthetically pleasing. It looks like a covered train stop and will actually be finished to look like an old style stagecoach stop.
The backside has the panels and the network gear. I need to get some better pics of the back side but here is my repurposed network hub box in its mostly finished configuration.
The NVR is mounted on the door and I have a small monitor to install on that tomorrow as well as finish up the cable management for the router and the terminal blocks. The top one is for network lines and the bottom one is for POE cameras. I have an external 48v power supply to wire in and insert the power for the cameras at the block so I can keep them power free at the router. That way they can either be plugged directly into the NVR or go through a router and the NVR can be moved to anywhere on the network. Mind you, I have tons of infrastructure set up but I don’t even have a house yet. That won’t come for about 4 more months.
To add to the complexity of the coach stop structure, there are already 2 cameras installed on it and I will have a satellite internet dish mounted on the backside of the roof that will feed the wired and wireless network on that structure. I would kill for high speed internet but not even slow DSL is available in my area and cellular internet prices are stifling for even the simplest stuff. Satellite is my only option for probably many years. Let’s just say that off property camera monitoring will not really be much of a thing. Data costs and latency are a problem.
I will get some better pics tomorrow and update what I have so far. I may just do a video and post that instead for better coverage of the project.