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Published on January 18th, 2008 | by Jules Yap


a server farm right in your living room

the axeman needed a rack to place his cisco switch and huge home server. with the faktum, he got all that he wanted.

here’s how he did it:
1. take a faktum FA703 (now akurum) tall module (eventually add more modules, to get almost to the ceiling… you’ll need some space to let warm air out, or you can use a fan)

2. the faktum width is almost equal to the width of a real rack, so the hack is very easy: cut 4 pieces of metal shelf beams that fit in the space between the two faktum ledges. there should be the right space needed to hold rack mount modules, as in picture, and all the cables are hidden behind the structure.

3. add your server, UPS, and laser printer, and structured cabling (every one has structured cabling in his flat, right? :-) )

4. hang the LCD monitor on the faktum module side. with a wireless keyboard with trackball, you can use the computer from the couch.


5. DONE! a little piece of server farm in your living room. and with the right screensaver, the monitor act as a nice digital frame.


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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

8 Responses to a server farm right in your living room

  1. baby crib says:

    This blog is on the right timing. I was planning to have a server farm in my room but I can’t think of design. I am so thankful that I found this post. Now I know what I should do.

  2. Cadal says:

    Hi, This one motivated me too – I’ll post pics when I get a camera!

  3. Blog is interesting and motivated me a lot!! thanks

  4. devnet says:

    What did you use for the “cut 4 pieces of metal shelf beams”? What metal shelf beams? Where can they be found? If I just use a simple metal shelf beam I find at the local hardware store will it suffice?

    Could you elaborate a bit on this?

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  6. Blandwagon says:

    I’m with timothyd on both his points. However, if doors were added with panels of punched metal or even cloth inthem, the air could still circulate with the doors closed.

  7. NinjaCross says:

    Amazing :D
    Obviously Axeman needs for the reassuring sound of cooling fans to enjoy his living room ;)

  8. TimothyD says:

    Personaly I would make a hole in the side of the faktum module to put the monitor wires directly in the server rack. I would also disassemble the pc tower or find a smaller one to add a door. With some etxra big fans (for silent operation) you won’t have any cooling problems.

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