a month ago
Color Coordinating Patch Panels with UniFi Gears
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Unnamed Road, Mesa, AZ 85212, USA
Description

 

Originally I had the black patch panels with labels mounted in my rack. However, I really wanted to color-coordinate the patch panels with the UniFi metallic silver faceplates. Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to find keystone patch panels in silver.

 

I also wanted to orient the RJ45 latch direction with the switch. That means I would have to mount the top patch panel upside down. With the numbers pre-painted to the panel, mounting it up-side-down looked strange.

 

I decided to spray paint the patch panels myself.

 

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First I roughed up the panel with some sanding blocks, then cleaned the surface with nail polish remover.

 

 

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Spray-painted in 30-40 quick passes, using Rust-Oleum Satin Nickle Metallic Spray Paint


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I let the painted panels sat outside for 3-4 hours to let the VOC escape, then moved them into my oven.  I baked them at 170F for 4 hours.  Kept them inside the oven while the oven cooled down.  I then waited another two days for the paint to fully cure.

 

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There is a slight color variation, but this is as close as it gets with what's available at big box stores.

 

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Painted panels mounted.

 

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Color Coordinating Patch Panels with UniFi Gears

by a month ago

 

Originally I had the black patch panels with labels mounted in my rack. However, I really wanted to color-coordinate the patch panels with the UniFi metallic silver faceplates. Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to find keystone patch panels in silver.

 

I also wanted to orient the RJ45 latch direction with the switch. That means I would have to mount the top patch panel upside down. With the numbers pre-painted to the panel, mounting it up-side-down looked strange.

 

I decided to spray paint the patch panels myself.

 

2019-01-08 21.03.15 - Copy.jpg

 

First I roughed up the panel with some sanding blocks, then cleaned the surface with nail polish remover.

 

 

2019-01-15 11.33.26 - Copy.jpg

 

Spray-painted in 30-40 quick passes, using Rust-Oleum Satin Nickle Metallic Spray Paint


2019-01-15 11.30.33 - Copy.jpg

 

I let the painted panels sat outside for 3-4 hours to let the VOC escape, then moved them into my oven.  I baked them at 170F for 4 hours.  Kept them inside the oven while the oven cooled down.  I then waited another two days for the paint to fully cure.

 

2019-01-15 16.04.26 - Copy.jpg

 

There is a slight color variation, but this is as close as it gets with what's available at big box stores.

 

2019-01-15 22.50.26 - Copy.jpg

 

Painted panels mounted.

 

2019-01-18 00.32.04 - Copy.jpg

 2019-01-18 00.44.29 - Copy.jpg

 

 

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Comments
by
3 weeks ago

Monoprice.com

by
3 weeks ago

Where are the labels?

by
3 weeks ago

Given the 1:1 nature of the patch panel ports to the switch, the labels are pretty redundant.

by
3 weeks ago

This is what I had originally, but it doesn't look good.  I am currently investigating some other solutions.

 

I can either print those on transparency slides or get a laser engraver.  Hmmm everyone needs a laser cutter/engraver.

 

In the picture, the patch panels seem darker, but in reality, they are lighter than Unifi gears.  It's the way panels sitting recessed by 2 mm.  I need to get some washers.

 

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by
2 weeks ago

They appear to be Monoprice keystone panels

 

https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=7260

by
2 weeks ago

Six-inch patch cables are a life-saver. This is a work in progress... IMG_0854.jpeg

by
a week ago

Great setup.

I see you have the ReadyNas 2304. I have a ReadyNas 2304 in my home setup as well.

Do you run the NAS with IEEE 802.3ad LACP for the two 1G network connections? If yes, what Hash Types setup do you use to interface with the Unifi switch?

 

 

by
Tuesday

Auto on 2304.  If I use any other settings WoL won't work.

by
Tuesday

Cool, so set the ReadyNas to:

 

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And then set the switch to:

 

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Best regards,

 

Ole