August 7, 2010 | It has taken a while, but the "data center" is finally organized and functioning. I brought the wire shelves and support arms with me from the old house, but had to install new mounting strips.
Because of the weight, I wanted to make sure everything was mounted onto a stud, not just screwed into wallboard. I had a stud finder, but it kept giving me ambiguous readings. I went and invested in a top-of-the-line model — it gave me even more ambiguous readings. I'm sorry, but when you try the demo models of these things in the store, they work like a charm; in real life, not so much.
This closet is wider than the old one, which actually works out well. I still have to put cable and electrical outlets into the closet, and it gives me space to work without having to dismantle all the equipment. And there'll be room for more stuff, which we know breeds prolifically.
The one real problem that I still have to solve is extending the range of the wi-fi to include the patio. I can get a signal out there, but just barely. I've bought a repeater, but the instructions for how to set it up to work the way I think it should work are woefully inadequate. I really dread making that call to tech support.
Last updated on Jun 21, 2016