Media Storage

Published on October 12th, 2009 | by Jules IKEAHacker

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Cool it with this media unit





Matt supercools the his new media storage unit made from Efektiv office wall cabinets.

“I recently moved into a new efficiency apartment and I though I would try to contain the mess of wires that go along with an entertainment center. I noticed this hacked TV stand so I did the same thing but added on a little. I ended up adding a sheet of 1/4″ plywood onto the back so I could easily mount computer case fans that I purchased from Monoprice to remove heat from the enclosure. As you can see I have a cable modem, wireless router, wireless network attached drives, receiver, and all the power supplies internally. I know it is messy inside but that is exactly why I made this so the mess is contained internally.”

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8 Responses to Cool it with this media unit

  1. justlikelead says:

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  2. Tony says:

    That’s a great idea!!! My PS3 tends to heat up in my TV Stand and this looks like the perfect solution.
    How do you power the mini-fans? Are they switched or always on?

  3. Derek says:

    Most entertainment consoles like the PS3 have USB ports. You can always purchase a mini USB-powered fan to automatically run whenever you turn on the device(s).

  4. Anonymous says:

    You know it’s going to get very dusty in there, don’t you?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Not only that but it’s proven that plugging in USB powered things like fans, cup warmers, etc. can and will overheat your console.

    just sayin!

  6. Derek says:

    Did not know consoles could overheat. I’ve been using the USB port on my television to power a LED strip for lighting whenever it was on. Assumed you could do the same with the PS3 or XBox.

  7. rabbitears says:

    This is cool. How loud are the fans? Is heat really a big problem? (Genuine question – I am completely ignorant on this).

    “How do you power the mini-fans? Are they switched or always on?”

    You could get one of those master/slave power boards that cuts off power to auxiliary devices when the main device is off. Plug the TV (or even just the devices in the cabinet) into the master and have the fans plugged into the slave.
    http://www.brightenergy.com.au/shop/product.php?productid=3915

    I’m sure the original hacker has some even more amazing solution though!

  8. matthewdopp says:

    The fans are not loud at all, the primary fan I used is this one http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=108&cp_id=10804&cs_id=1080401&p_id=5710&seq=1&format=3#specification which is rated at 18 dba. and moves 69 cfm.

    I powered the fans off of an old GPS charger, if I remember correctly the fans are 12v, and only draw around a third of an amp each and the old charger I had was rated for many times that. I just plugged the old 110 V charger into the surge protector in my cabinet so it is always running.

    Just find an old cell charger that is rated for the correct output.

    Matt “The original hacker” haha

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