AC-Powered Temp-Controlled Exhaust Fan?
December 8, 2010 5:41 AM Subscribe
I'm looking for a thermostatically-controlled ac-powered exhaust fan for a box that will be housing a wireless router, a couple of hard disks, and an old laptop.
posted by alms to Computers & Internet (10 answers total)
I would like to cleanup my office by putting some of my network infrastructure into the attic stairway. This infrastructure consists of a cable modem, an Apple Time capsule, a couple of hard disks, and a four-year old MacBook Pro.
The attic is not heated and the stairwell is currently about 52 degrees Fahrenheit. I'm worried about the temperature effecting the performance and reliability of the devices, particularly the hard disks. (The Time Capsule is only rated down to 50 degrees, for example.)
I'm thinking that if I put a cardboard box over the equipment, it will generate enough of its own heat to keep everything at a good operating temperature. But I don't want it to get too hot. Hence I'd like to add a fan that will automatically vent the box if the temperature gets too high, say above 90 degrees.
Because I'm not using a PC enclosure I don't have a power-supply already. It seems simplest to get an AC fan, if I can find a small, quiet temperature activated fan that runs off AC. If that's not an option I could also get a DC fan and a separate DC power supply. But the fan still needs to be temperature activated.
I would appreciate recommendations to specific products rather than general categories. I've been trying to locate these products by googling; I've found lots of stuff that not right and haven't found anything that is obviously right.
Thanks in advance for the help.