Materials: Besta Vassbo Cabinet w/Glass Door, Ekby Laiva shelf/bracket
This project started with mess of wires to get our house fully wired with networking and coax cable (Cat5e and RG6).
Being on a budget.. I found that the Besta cabinet was a cheap way to have a networking cabinet that can easily be modified to organize and hide the patch panel, cable modem and 16-port switch.
The biggest “major” modification done to this was using a 2-inch carbon hole saw bit to get in through the top and the bottom so we could feed the wires through.
After mounting the patch panel, coax terminator to the back I noticed that I had no room for the inside shelf. I had to cut about 4 inches off the back off the shelf to make space for the wires and patch panel. This had forced me to also drill two new holes on each side for the shelf bracket to adjust the height of the shelf.
At first, I was a little concerned about the heat the cabinet will generate with modem and switch, but luckily these devices have been running very cool. If it’s a problem down the road, I can always install a small fan on the side or top.
Below the cabinet, I installed the Ekby Laiva shelf that is super cheap. It currently supports my home media server. Overall, it looks great in our new finished basement.
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