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Dry box for basement server


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#1 winchester_101

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 07:08 PM

Hello again,

It's been a while since I've visited the forum, I've been involved in a move to a new house. With my new home comes a new question (or more).

I am running a wired and wireless home network, using Windows XP, that currently consists of 1 desktop PC (wired) and 1 laptop (wireless). Internet connection is cable modem and is shared via a Netgear router.

I am planning to add an additional desktop PC to act as a server, for various tasks, it will most likely be wired to the network. I plan to locate this PC in a central location in my home, so as to make wiring accessories such as cameras easier. Due to the layout of my home, this PC will reside in the basement.

My basement seems relatively dry (has a gas hot water heater, a gas furnace and no visible signs of dampness. It also contains a home security alarm system panel), but I want to make absolutely sure that my server is trouble free. So, I'm wondering, should I build a type of "dry box" in the basement to house the PC, monitor, keyboard and mouse??

I'm thinking of a plywood box, perhaps with an exhaust fan, and maybe silica packs inside to soak up any latent moisture. This should hedge my bet against any moisture related problems, I believe.

Thoughts? Suggestions?

Thanks

W101

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#2 Sneakycyber

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 12:40 AM

Unless its raining inside or you have standing water there shouldn't be a need for a dry box.
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