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    Finally rewired my wiring closet


    I'm not showing a BEFORE pic - it was just too horrible to post and might scare away young children...

    I went back to the drawing board and punched everything down to a 48-port keystone patch panel. Took forever to do, but with the holiday weekend I had the time.
    I even went so far to order some 8in and 12in patch cables beforehand to get everything somewhat clean looking and organized.
    I found someone online to 3D print some Raspberry Pi rack mount trays. All my RPis, including HomeSeer are now on pullout trays for easy access. It holds up to 6 Rpi units.
    Older Pi units are powered from a USB hub, Pi4 are PoE powered.
    I moved my PDU to the bottom and that gave me a lot of space by using short power cables and running everything along the bottom of the case.
    There is a red "internet reboot" at the bottom that the family can use to restart the internet if needed.

    Lessons learned: I might go with 2 separate 24-port keystone panels and put the Unifi Switch between them. It might be a little cleaner going that route.
    Definitely punch everything down. I even punched down my USG router. I didnt punch down the Cloud Key at the very top since it is going away and will be replaced with a RPi.
    I didnt comb the cables coming in - I wish I had done that for aesthetics.

    The entire rack draws around 120w, a little more at night when the cameras turn on the IR lighting. I'm going to set it up with DeviceHistory soon.

    Anyway, here are some pics. I'm not a hardware guy, but I spent a lot of time with our techs from work who gave some great pointers on how to do this:

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    HS4Pro Running on a Raspberry Pi4
    67 Z-Wave Nodes, 111 Events, 422 Devices
    Z-Wave, UPB, WiFi
    Plugins: EasyTrigger, weatherXML, OMNI, Z-Wave, Tuya, Device History
    HSTouch Clients: 3 Android, 1 Joggler

    #2
    Nice!

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      #3
      So, not a fan of the RPI I see...
      Are all of your HS interfaces wireless/LAN? I don't see anything connected USB.

      Nice setup!

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        #4
        nice work! makes me want to clean up my rack and show it off....
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          #5
          Originally posted by damiene77 View Post
          So, not a fan of the RPI I see...
          Are all of your HS interfaces wireless/LAN? I don't see anything connected USB.

          Nice setup!
          The only interfaces I have is an external Z-Net (not pictured) which is also a Pi, and my alarm panel which is ethernet.

          I sold my edgeport/8 earlier this year since I didnt have any serial interfaces.

          I do have some more Pis that are not pictured. I have one out by the pool that I want to use to monitor pool water, but that is going to be a monumental task. Right now, it only does water temperature. It reports back wirelessly.
          HS4Pro Running on a Raspberry Pi4
          67 Z-Wave Nodes, 111 Events, 422 Devices
          Z-Wave, UPB, WiFi
          Plugins: EasyTrigger, weatherXML, OMNI, Z-Wave, Tuya, Device History
          HSTouch Clients: 3 Android, 1 Joggler

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            #6
            My time to show off
            1. Replaced my 7U cabinet with a 12U cabinet
            2. Replaced legacy Cat 6 cables (only 2)
            3. Replaced patch panel with keystone version
            4. Added and additional keystone patch panel
            5. Color coded RJ45 cables (purple = PoE, red = UPS, etc...)
            6. Cable identification (to be done for the whole cables)
            7. Cable binding per group (1x 4; 1x9 and 1x9)
            8. Cables extended for maintenance

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            John

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              #7
              Nicely done!
              HS4Pro Running on a Raspberry Pi4
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              Z-Wave, UPB, WiFi
              Plugins: EasyTrigger, weatherXML, OMNI, Z-Wave, Tuya, Device History
              HSTouch Clients: 3 Android, 1 Joggler

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                #8
                Originally posted by rmasonjr View Post
                Nicely done!
                Later this year I will do my second cabinet.

                ---
                John

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                  #9
                  Very nice John!!!

                  - Pete

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by rmasonjr View Post
                    I'm not showing a BEFORE pic - it was just too horrible to post and might scare away young children...

                    I went back to the drawing board and punched everything down to a 48-port keystone patch panel. Took forever to do, but with the holiday weekend I had the time.
                    I even went so far to order some 8in and 12in patch cables beforehand to get everything somewhat clean looking and organized.
                    I found someone online to 3D print some Raspberry Pi rack mount trays. All my RPis, including HomeSeer are now on pullout trays for easy access. It holds up to 6 Rpi units.
                    Older Pi units are powered from a USB hub, Pi4 are PoE powered.
                    I moved my PDU to the bottom and that gave me a lot of space by using short power cables and running everything along the bottom of the case.
                    There is a red "internet reboot" at the bottom that the family can use to restart the internet if needed.

                    Lessons learned: I might go with 2 separate 24-port keystone panels and put the Unifi Switch between them. It might be a little cleaner going that route.
                    Definitely punch everything down. I even punched down my USG router. I didnt punch down the Cloud Key at the very top since it is going away and will be replaced with a RPi.
                    I didnt comb the cables coming in - I wish I had done that for aesthetics.

                    The entire rack draws around 120w, a little more at night when the cameras turn on the IR lighting. I'm going to set it up with DeviceHistory soon.

                    Anyway, here are some pics. I'm not a hardware guy, but I spent a lot of time with our techs from work who gave some great pointers on how to do this:

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                    Why did you not put your PDU on the rails in the rear of the cabinet?

                    ---
                    John

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                      #11
                      I like the Pie Hole reference Looks good.
                      -Rupp
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                        #12
                        Originally posted by John245 View Post

                        Why did you not put your PDU on the rails in the rear of the cabinet?

                        ---
                        John
                        Mostly for ease of access from the front. The back doesnt have individual switches for control. The entire cabinet is hinged, but it's easier from the front.
                        HS4Pro Running on a Raspberry Pi4
                        67 Z-Wave Nodes, 111 Events, 422 Devices
                        Z-Wave, UPB, WiFi
                        Plugins: EasyTrigger, weatherXML, OMNI, Z-Wave, Tuya, Device History
                        HSTouch Clients: 3 Android, 1 Joggler

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Rupp View Post
                          I like the Pie Hole reference Looks good.
                          https://pi-hole.net/
                          HS4Pro Running on a Raspberry Pi4
                          67 Z-Wave Nodes, 111 Events, 422 Devices
                          Z-Wave, UPB, WiFi
                          Plugins: EasyTrigger, weatherXML, OMNI, Z-Wave, Tuya, Device History
                          HSTouch Clients: 3 Android, 1 Joggler

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                            #14
                            Here is my wiring closet! And it has the benefit of being Christmas all year long!
                            All on the wall and large wooden table are the servers, process controllers, security systems, AV distribution, etc.
                            The white tables are current projects in process (replacing old HAI OmniPro with latest version, bread-boarding it now.

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                            My Christmas board!

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by George View Post
                              Here is my wiring closet! And it has the benefit of being Christmas all year long!
                              All on the wall and large wooden table are the servers, process controllers, security systems, AV distribution, etc.
                              The white tables are current projects in process (replacing old HAI OmniPro with latest version, bread-boarding it now.



                              OMG George - you win!!!
                              HS4Pro Running on a Raspberry Pi4
                              67 Z-Wave Nodes, 111 Events, 422 Devices
                              Z-Wave, UPB, WiFi
                              Plugins: EasyTrigger, weatherXML, OMNI, Z-Wave, Tuya, Device History
                              HSTouch Clients: 3 Android, 1 Joggler

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