Mounting Network Gear

For a while I’ve been keeping my modem and the voip box sitting on top of the printer. This is a bit of a problem as you tend to knock everything off when you try to scan something.
When I replaced the modem with a new modem and a switch. I decided enough was enough, I needed a better solution. I thought the solution I came up with might be of general interest so I took a few photos on the way through.
Apologies in advance the terrible quality of the photos.
Before – oh the mess!
What you need:
  1. 12mm thick mdf board
  2. Screws to match the depth of the board (I chose 6G x 15mm)
  3. Jigaw to cut it out
  4. Drill + bits to put a nice neat hole in the top to hang it
  5. Sandpaper to clean up
  6. Tape Measure
You need this

1. Mark the board

Measure the items you want to mount. Add a centimetre for the space between each one, and 5cm for space at the top. Mark the board up. Don’r forget: measure twice and cut once.

2. Cut out your board

Using your handy jigsaw, cut out the board.Coffee table and jellybean dropsheet are optional accessories.


Clean this up with the sandpapaper, jigsaws tend to leave rough edges


3. Drill a hole

This needs to be large enough to handle your hook. I’d err on the side of larger holes to handle larger hooks.

It’s a hole! In a piece of wood!

4. Start mounting things

First set of screws

Problem 1: The little linksys box didn’t neatly handle the screws, so I had to scrape the plastic away a little.

Thank goodness it will all be out of sight in time

First one mounted, blurred for effect
All of them mounted on the board
With the cables wired in

You might notice that I didn’t do a great job of spacing these apart very well. The modem on the far left overhangs the end of the board slightly and there isn’t a huge gap between that and the switch (in the middle). I should follow my own advice on measure twice cut once.


I’ve found this useful for getting everything out of the way. I hope this helps someone else.

Currently Reading – 2013-01-08

Updated reading list:
64 Things was rather interesting. It’s a rather non-technical summary of things we can expect in the future with technology and the internet. It’s a bit over a year old now, so things have shifted a little (bitcoin and the recent NSA revelations spring to mind). It is a pretty comprehensive summary and very readable. A good book to give someone who isn’t hugely technical.

Currently reading – 2013-12-29

I find I tend to have a lot of books I’m planning to read but haven’t read. In order to keep myself accountable, I’ve decided to start posting the books I’m currently reading.

Visual Studio 2012 Express

I just downloaded Visual Studio 2012 Express for home use.

Similar to the 2010 version, you are basically downloading ‘evaluation software’ until you register. This is silly, but Microsoft have managed to take this to a new level.

The new version of VS.Net 2012 Express will not let you register until you enter:

  1. A business name
  2. A business phone number
  3. An address
  4. Technologies you are interested in

I’m using this for personal use, mostly to play with new .Net technologies. This is related to any company. Thanks for making it all a bit more painful than it needs to be.

I’m guessing this was an attempt to gather more information about who is using the express version.

As a result for Microsoft’s purposes I’m now a developer from Tajikistan, interested in classic ASP (a language I haven’t touched in well over 5 years).


After a fair hiatus, I’ve decided to resurrect the blog.

I used to self host my blog on a combined mail/web server from. In the end I found it more work than it was worth, keeping the patches up to date was a headache, as was ensuring the machine stayed online.

I’ve finally got around to bringing this back online, hosted with blogger.

I’m looking at possibly importing past posts on the earlier blog.

Ongoing I’m aiming to post once every fortnight.