Posted on May 16, 2005
I had a bunch of junk in my cupboard, like 2 switches, a router, a Mini-ITX fileserver without a case, and a lot of wiring. I thought it should be possible to build an all in one solution.
I bought a second-hand SCSI cabinet, and replaced the PSU with a ATX-PSU.
With some backpanel modifications, I mounted a Linksys SD216 switch in the back
with three 6-port patch modules.
Internally I connected the lower right patch port, with the first LAN-port on a PD10000 Mini-ITX board. The second LAN-port on the PD10000 is connected with port 16 on the SD216. Ports 1 to 15 of the SD216 switch are internally connected with port 1 to 15 on the patch modules:
4 IDE HD drives, cased in Coolermaster Cooldrive 3 cases, gives the
FileserverRouterSwitch a futuristic look. The PD10000 is mounted on the bottom of the former SCSI cabinet:
If I needed to, I could still place a PCI card in the Socket. It fits between the HD cabinet
and the case housing.
The OS is Windows Server 2003 Standard edition, with Routing and Remote Access enabled, for the Router function. The FileserverRouterSwitch is now operational and stable for about a month, and I think it will be stable for the rest of its long life. Maybe I will add wireless capabilities in the future, in the little space I have left in the upper back of the FileserverRouterSwitch.
You may have noticed the lack of external mouse/keyboard and VGA connectors. This is not a problem, because administration of the FileserverRouterSwitch is done over the LAN with Remote Desktop Connection.
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