I am in the framing stage of a new house and I am getting everything planned for all the lv wiring. I have a 36" by 48" AV closet framed in where I will home run all wiring for audio, video and network distribution. I have spent a few months researching best practices and then some for how to wire. I then payed for an hour consultation at the site from a couple local shops to validate my plan. I feel good that I am on the right path. Now, I need help to figure out the layout of the rack.
The AV closet will have standard wood doors on both sides, accessible from the hall on one side and from the bonus room on the other, so that I can get to the front and back of the rack without having to roll it. It will be a 42U skeleton rack (Slim5 or similar) bolted to the floor inside the closet and I will cool the room rather than the rack. Here are a few questions:
1. Any issues with having all my network gear, patch panels, etc in the same rack as the AV gear? My thought was to have a router and 24-port gigabit PoE switch at the top with patch panels under it. Then, patch panels for video and control (keypads) beneath than.
2. Any rules to where to locate different components? For example, I will have a 2U APC SmartUPS that weighs 62lbs and logic would say to mount that at the very bottom. Then, I have a couple 2U 12-channel digital amps that weigh 32lbs each. Can I put those directly above the UPS or will there be power interference with the audio?
3. The UPS will only be for a computer and NAS so that, in the event of a power failure, I can have them gracefully shut down via a network management card. Any reason to plug anything else into a UPS? Even though a DVR, for example, has a hard drive there isn't a way (or need) to send a remote shutdown command to it, right?
4. For the UPS, power conditioners, etc...what plugs into what? I will probably use a vertical PDU from the UPS since it will be at the bottom and the NAS and computer will be closer to the top. But what about a power conditioner for the AV gear? Any reason to plug that into the UPS? I was also thinking of using a WattBox IP power strip for the modem and router. The IP power strip will send a constant ping and monitor connectivity and reboot the modem and router if Internet connectivity are lost. I assume I can't plug this into a UPS, right?
I'd appreciate any other recommendations on how to layout gear in the rack.