So after having my rack space just sitting out in my basement for the last couple of years I found it annoying that I had to be constantly mindful of what I had powered on and when I decided to use it due to noise.
If I wanted to fire up a quantity of hardware in lab form it usually sounded like I was on the tarmac next to a commercial jet. The deal breaker was I added some larger hardware pieces that were more server based than switches and their large power supplies’ noise let me know I needed to make a change in my rack setup.
In addition to this I decided to start to add more drops to my house for hard wired connections and add a UPS for power protection and conditioning.
My idea to silence the hardware noise was to isolate the noise so I decided to clean out and soundproof the closet next to it. I cut the rack down to about 5/8ths of its size and secured it then added foam sound proofing to the door. After that I added a GFI outlet and ordered some more foam soundproofing. I added a Liebert UPS and patch panel to run the first set to 20 drops I ran to. The cable is a mix of 5e and 6 depending on what I planned to use the specific drop for.
I built in two shelves that are set up to charge my three laptops and added a new CISCO SG500 switch for my main switch to run the core home network.