Here is my mini review of my Cabcool 1202 unit which I received last week and installed in my closet the past weeked. They used to advertise this unit with the option of 2 tempature thermostat option and also an internal and external thermostat select button, but the unit which comes with the cabcool only has one option now. On 86 degrees off 80 degrees and only with an external temp sensor which is fine with me as my intention was to route the sensor somewhere over or under a piece of equipment.
Package contents, everything promised was included. Everything seems to be of good quality. I also orderd 48" fan connector extensions to route to the front of closet thru the wall plate.
Main unit put together
I had a keystone insert which I had saved from a 3.5mm keystone terminal I had previously bought but didn't need the actual keystone. It already had a hole that was about 3/16 to about 1/4 of an inch. I drilled out the hole a little to get the fan connectors thru.
Then came the time to make the cutout in the equipment closet. The cutout in this area opens up to the area further down the stairs. I have an opening with a louvered vent cover on the wall which is to the right of the closet, this allows the fan to push the warm air out to the open workout area.
Then it was time to route the wiring thru the keystone wallplate just to the right of the opening. The wiring was obviously smaller than the hole which allowed me to pass the connectors thru, so while at Lowes buying some other things I looked to see if I could find some sort of bushing. I found a rubber grommet which worked perfectly.
Then it was time to install the fans. The wallplate comes with a screw hole at each corner. When I screwed the unit into the wall, it held in place well although the top and bottom wern't perfectly flush. So I drilled holes on the top and bottom of the wall plate right in the middle to better seat the wall plate flush and it worked perfectly. So a total of 6 screws were used on the wall plate.
I then routed the wiring for the fans which connect to the stat terminal, along the speaker wires and then down below the receiver shelf.
The power cable goes down behind all the equipment. I'm waiting to get my scaler back and a power conditioner to sort all the equipment power cables.
The temp sensor I routed over to an inconspicuos area below the receiver but above the fans of the PS3 which tends to produce the most heat. It's a bad shot but it's the orange looking tab just below the receiver's foot.
So after using the theater room a couple of times with the closet door closed, I gotta say that it has worked perfectly. I was a little concerned as I could have sworn this unit used to be advertised for closets as well as cabinets. However, I figured the amount of space in my closet should be about or close to that of the space in a larger sized cabinet, and like I stated earlier in the thread the CFM was rated the same as a vent fan I was looking at but times 2 fans. So overall I am extremely pleased with the look and finish of the unit and the temparture in the closet has remained at a very comfortable level. I highly recommend this product for anyone looking for a similar solution.