July 17, 2024
Automated House 2.0 – #46 Our Penn Elcom 19″ Information Rack – Automated House

Once we have been planning the Automated House 2.0, we knew we’d want a top quality 19″ information rack and so we turned to UK consultants Penn Elcom.

The Information Cupboard

We’ve a barely completely different structure right here than within the outdated home. The Epitome Dwelling crew ran all our information and audio cables to a Penn Elcom wall mounted cupboard within the storage. The R6425-12UK (video) is a 12U unit, 250mm deep with a locking glass door. It’s M6 threaded and has cable administration and knock-outs on the highest, again and base.

Inside, the speaker cables from every room are wired into speakON connectors and the info cables are terminated into modular CAT6 keystones in a 1U patch panel.

All of the cables between this cupboard excessive on the wall, and the 19″ rack under are neatly enclosed in zip-up cable tidies, offering a neat umbilical between each items. This get away association has the benefit of permitting the rack to be fully disconnected from the home wiring.

The 19″ Rack

We selected the 4086-V-42UK (video) information rack to sit down under the wall mount cupboard. This can be a 42U unit that’s additionally M6 threaded (so no pesky cage nuts to cope with). It’s a 600mm large x 800mm deep ground standing rack and we added the optionally available twin caster and foot setup to make it simple to maneuver. We selected the locking perforated metal door for a cool look and a sensible safety because the unit sits within the nook of our storage. The doorways and sides are all on fast releases so detachable in seconds with out instruments. This gives all of the entry if you want it whereas trying actually neat when you’re performed.

Over spec’ing on the rack top means we now have loads of further room inside. This enables for future enlargement (we’ve already used a few of that further capability) and has the added benefit of offering more room for cable administration and warmth dissipation.


Penn Elcom have their very own manufacturing services within the UK and supply an enormous vary of equipment, with every thing you should equipment out any rack mission. We’re nonetheless operating this Synology NAS and Mac mini server combo so we received the Penn Elcom R1498 Mac mini custom shelf with a magnetic entrance and their standard 4U shelf unit holds the NAS.

The EL crew made a neat rack mount DIN Rail enclosure for the Loxone Audio Server and extensions. The 2U shelf under holds the 12 channel amp for our complete home audio system, and a mesh shelf above gives a house for our HDHomeRun and myenergi and Airthings hub, together with another bits and items. Different equipment we used embrace some 1U Brush Plates, a couple of solid and vented panel spacers, and 4 of those PDU6-UK on the rear to distribute energy. To complete issues off I’d like to make use of PE’s customized service to create one in all these Laser Etched Panels to go on the high of the rack.

Is a rack construct ever completed? It at all times looks like a piece in progress, simply ready for the following addition or improve. However with this top of the range {hardware} from Penn Elcom, we’re prepared for something.

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