Cooling a 'server' cabinet

Posted on 2016-07-31
Last Modified: 2016-07-31
I have a small wall 'cabinet' housing a computer (I call the mainframe as it plays network file host to 10 computers) .. along with routers, etc.

It is approx 5 feet wide 5 feet tall ...

It gets extremely hot in there .. what are my options for cooling (I can run a hose to the exterior from within the cabinet)
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by:Dave Baldwin
ID: 41736692
Airflow is the key.  Exhaust fan blowing out the top (because heat rises anyway) and air inlets along the bottom and thru the equipment.  Amazon has a bunch of items for home theater cabinets.  And of course you can get industrial cooling systems from a lot of places.

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ID: 41736693
The fan would just move air around, no?

Would this be sufficient?
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bigeven2002 earned 250 total points
ID: 41736697
So you are looking at 25 square feet and 125 cubic feet I presume?  I would treat this small space like you would a computer case.  Add a filtered vent to the door that goes into the cabinet.  Then at the top of the space, add an ceiling exhaust fan to expel the heat.

Kind of like these:

Also, if space allows, you might consider a miniture AC unit, but the above may suffice.
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ID: 41736699
With a miniature AC unit, would I have to have any extra equipment to deal with humidity issues, etc.?
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Dave Baldwin earned 250 total points
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Normal computer fans just move air around.  You can get more sophisticated internal cooling systems for computers that use copper piping and liquids to remove the heat to the fans.  But first thing is to move the air to carry the heat away and outside.  Nothing else will help unless you do that.

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ID: 41736703
Thank you
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by:Dave Baldwin
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An AC unit must be exhausted to the outside world also so the heat from the heat exchanger is carried away.

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