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    Multiple unit enclosure with fan???

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    Multiple unit enclosure with fan???
    Hi everyone,
    New to the forum...part time visitor, first time posting.

    First: I'm working on using my Mac mini exclusively as a movie server. Have it connected to my TV and will be purchasing a 2 terabyte external to transfer all my all my movies to. I like to keep them in video_ts, so I'm having Front Row open at start up and read off of the hard drive. Works great for me...

    Second: I also have 2 other Macs, an Iphone and a PC that I need to keep backed up. So I was thinking about getting a terabyte Time Capsule to use as my wireless router and as my backup for all non-DVD stuff.

    So here's my question. I will have the mac mini, external hard drive, and a time capsule all in the same location and I'd like to be able to stack them without worrying about overheating (especially the time capsule). Is there an enclosure unit with a fan that can hold all three and keep them cool? I know I could get individual enclosures for the mac mini and hard drive (do they make a good one for the time capsule?), but I'd like to have one unit, perhaps with shelving and one fan, that could hold all three.

    Thanks!

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    Multiple unit enclosure with fan???
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    I wouldn't put the Time Capsule in proximity of the other devices, much less stacked. The placement of your wireless router is absolutely critical to its range and performance. Generally, you want to have your wireless router up high and central to your home. It should also be away from other devices that emit radio frequencies.
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    Multiple unit enclosure with fan???

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    Quote Originally Posted by cwa107 View Post
    I wouldn't put the Time Capsule in proximity of the other devices, much less stacked. The placement of your wireless router is absolutely critical to its range and performance. Generally, you want to have your wireless router up high and central to your home. It should also be away from other devices that emit radio frequencies.
    i thought of that, perhaps I shouldn't stack the time capsule. regardless, it is going to be in the same general vicinity as the other devices, as my internet cable connection is only in one location in my condo. i wanted to stack due to the layout of my entertainment center...just easier to have them all in one nook near where the cable hole is in the back.

    at the very least i would like a cooling unit for the time capsule, as they are prone to overheating...so i've heard. perhaps the newer editions aren't as prone, but does anyone know of a decent cooling apparatus for the time capsule?

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    Multiple unit enclosure with fan???
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dasein77 View Post
    i thought of that, perhaps I shouldn't stack the time capsule. regardless, it is going to be in the same general vicinity as the other devices, as my internet cable connection is only in one location in my condo. i wanted to stack due to the layout of my entertainment center...just easier to have them all in one nook near where the cable hole is in the back.

    at the very least i would like a cooling unit for the time capsule, as they are prone to overheating...so i've heard. perhaps the newer editions aren't as prone, but does anyone know of a decent cooling apparatus for the time capsule?
    Is it a newer condo? If so, I'd be surprised if it wasn't wired with Ethernet.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

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