Doramius

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  1. They are micro coaxial. using a wire soldered to the center point might not help it work at all. you'd get a very poor gain for reception. The wires are cheap, and most laptops 8-10 years old have them installed somewhere in the chassis. Some thrift stores have really old laptops for $5-$10. just tear the laptop apart and snag the wires. I do recommend not damaging or breaking the solder points to the actual antenna end. That, too, can affect the reception.
  2. 16-port is not a common number. You're only going to find 24-port multiples for patch panels, unless it's a proprietary patch panel for a specific box or rack. I've seen proprietary modules for home consumer demarcation boxes that have come in 8x, 12x, and 16x ports, however, you'd have to mention the manufacturer of the box or rack to get appropriate recommendations. Otherwise, you got a few really good options listed above for 24-port patch panels.
  3. It is called Wireless bridging, and it does work. It doesn't necessarily have to be an older router. There are newer routers that can have DD-WRT flashed as the firmware...and others that even come with DD-WRT installed as the firmware. The DD-WRT forums and Wiki's have tons of information and instructables to get this working pretty easily. The basics are that you set the DD-WRT router as a "Client Bridge". It is then a wireless bridge, to which you may even be able to adjust the VLAN and set ALL ports (including the WAN port) as active switch ports, allowing you to connect up to 5 devices for most routers. There are some small WAPs (Wireless Access Point) and wireless routers that don't use DD-WRT, but do have the ability to do wireless bridging. It all depends on the firmware and interface used.
  4. If you're using 2 monitors, press the power button on one. While it is turned off, it is still recognized as a connected monitor.
  5. I'm quite certain it would work, but always recommended to do a non-damage test first. buying an 8x riser card with flexible cable, and cutting the connector on the cheap riser, would be a safer way to test it. Below is one for less than $10. https://www.amazon.com/PCI-Express-Riser-Flexible-Cable/dp/B0054CO2US
  6. Building an AiO inside a monitor depends on the size of the monitor. Figuring out cooling can a b!)c#. I made one with a 17" Dell Precision M6600 touch screen, and found a graphics controller card on ebay that supported it. (The mainboard of the precision was fried) I used a mITX board and made a very small cabinet for it. Thing looked like a small bathroom window with a Mac mini glued to the back. Worked great, though.
  7. Drill and Pop-Rivet tool are my best friends for case mods. If you're looking at a mITX move, the sky is the limit.
  8. The "Dell" drives are usually just Seagate Savvio drives. I've used alternate SATA drives and even non-Dell SSDs in many of these machines in the past. They do work, but Dell would not provide any warranty support. You should be good, but you DO want to verify access times match up. Slow times can provide faults and issues.
  9. lol. NP. I could always post something about unicorn rainbow farts and you could mark it as informative, but I'm sure it'd confuse the hell out of the unicorns.
  10. I think you can, but I don't have one handy to tell you, but I did find the following link to a spec sheet that should have part numbers you can search for: http://www.dell.com/learn/us/en/04/business~smb~sb360~en/documents~wp-6gbps-vs-3gbps-raid.pdf This should make your search easier.
  11. It's definitely good for a start. What are some of the specs you're looking at on the machines you've seen for sale? Or are you just wanting the chassis and a few main components?
  12. I get a lot of mine from servermonkey.com as they are pretty cheap and they provide warranty on units they sell. They are super cheap. If I don't get a refurb from them, then it would be from someone on Amazon that had a better deal.
  13. You can call them and ask the support line, but usually it is a violation of their warranty policy. I know of people who've used a heat gun and an X-acto blade to remove the stickers, but not an ethical practice.
  14. In situations like this, I tend to mod my own case. Many towers have the ATX backplate that you can drill out the rivets. You can then make the case look like anything you want. The true choice is are you wanting to mod a case to the form factor you're looking for, or do you want the smallest thing available, prefab for purchase?
  15. The HPs tend to be wider cases. I do like a lot of their layouts. Problems I had, have been with CPU upgrade-ability. Most of them were limited to quad Xeons. I knew many would still take a Hex and work, but it wasn't supported under HP warranty and my company wasn't willing to risk the cost if there was a failure. Cheap-ass financial dept. doesn't like to take risks.