Originally Posted by wkearney99
I would never mount a router inside the box. You're going to cook it. Heat is the enemy of electronic devices. I've got one of those routers (on 3rd one now, due to power brick failures) and then tend to run a bit hot. That and look at the case, the manufacturer didn't go for a more expensive tooling to mold that heavily vented case just for "looks". They did it to help dissipate heat. Get the router out of the box and out in open air.
As for those boxes, meh, I prefer racks and patch panels. Things change over time and those boxes always end up not having enough space. Especially not when it comes to maintaining proper bend radius angles for coax. The only point I may use some in our new remodel is for an on-level distribution point upstairs. I like the idea of having a box upstairs with conduits running out to each room from there. Even with straight runs of wire back to the main rack. A box would give me a point to handle any additions or changes with less trouble than going all the way back to the main rack.
At the very least I'd get a box with vents at the top and bottom of the cover/door. Or have a local metal or custom auto body shop put louvers into it. Give the box a way to allow convection to circulate the air in there.
As for racks under steps or in basements, be SURE you're not exposing the gear to excessive humidity or heat. Heat's bad, for sure, but so is corrosion from moisture, or short circuits due to mold growth. I made the mistake of having a router setup that way in an old house a long time ago. Didn't take more than about 6 months for it to start failing. Any open connectors developed corrosion, and the inside of the box had a nasty white powdery growth on everything. Don't know what it was but didn't care to look much closer. Scratch one router and a lesson learned.
Unless you've got stuff that's specifically designed for harsh conditions you're better off putting it in places that have the same level of comfort as the rest of your home.
These are all great points, and everyone should pay attention to them. That being said...
A few things w/my setup:
These are all the same components running for years in my finished basement, with no humidity issues...
The router is designed to be mounted in that orientation & I actually removed two extra wire pop-outs on the top of the Panel to allow extra venting. Also the wall on the other side is opened up to allow even more venting. (I monitored the SMC for a few days & it only gets to about 85deg right around the top & ~80deg @router.
As for the Bend radius for the COAX's: I ran it straight w/ a bend radius into the box over 1.5'....so no issues there. (Plus all runs were tested after for MoCA & Video.
Again with the issue of racks vs panels... I LOVE the look of beautiful rack done w/ great wiring etc...but I debated if I really needed to spend the $ and deep down I knew that this would be perfect for me...
I see no reason to need to do additional runs of CAT cables since what I have run is all CAT6 rated for 550Mhz. I already have runs perfectly positioned where I need them (and can throw switches if the time comes)...so don't really see this running out of space for me...(for this application)
One of my fav things of my network is the MoCA networking. In an extra room that I turned into a mini-office w/ no ethernet, I added another FiOS N router w/ DHCP turned off and now have a 4 port ethernet switch AND a WiFi AP that gives me my full internet speeds of 155Mb/65Mb