so here is version 1 of the NAS i was building earlier. some notes:
- i originally was going to create some kind of case with wood or lexan but i got lazy. the project sat on a bench untouched because everything else was working.
- i kinda wanted to get this done, every time i glanced at it, i was thinking of things i could use as a makeshift case. i then thought of using a small DSC alarm can. did some quick placements and everything ended up fitting so i drilled out some holes and screwed the components inside the can.
- i am happy with the finished product. i will eventually paint the can a matte black and add some stenciling in gold(?). i also would like to add a 20x4 LCD to show hostname, disk space, and temperature onto the door of the NAS.
- i am going to drill out some vent holes for better airflow. i will monitor temperatures and if required, install an extra fan inside of the can.
- to secure the door, i will be installing a camlock on the door. the door also has holes for screws.
some pictures of the completed unit:
|Components: 5V 5A DC PSU and USB 3.0 hub (upper left), 2x2TB HDD and Raspberry Pi 4 (upper right), terminal strip for DC distribution (below PSU), AC recepticle and RJ45 recepticle (bottom)|
|It was my first time cutting metal with a dremel for panel mount modules. When the can gets painted, it will cover up the minor mistakes around the Ethernet port.|
|The "finished" prototype of the NAS. I was going to make a case using this layout but it never happened. I decided against going this route in favor of the DSC can.|