Guide to setting up a server room at home

More and more people are setting up their server rooms at home. Often, it is because of a growing home-run business. We start with a desktop, and before you know it, we need additional storage, then backup storage for critical data. Then you need another computer, maybe a small server, along with a switch to connect all this. Before you know it, your small office room becomes a server room. According to, here are the primary components you will need when setting up a small server room at home:


First of all, connecting multiple devices to a network requires more than the amount of bandwidth you can get from a wireless connection. Which is why any serious network still uses network cables and switches. On average, a 16-port switch will suffice for most small server rooms at home.


You won’t need any additional power. However, you will need a UPS to make sure that the equipment runs during a power outage. When devices like these lower power suddenly, you can have a lot of data corruption and hardware issues. When you have a UPS, you can shutdown gracefully until power returns.


One of the problems with running a lot of computer equipment in a room is the amount heat it generates. A switch, server, router, computers, monitors, and network storage devices will warm a room very quickly. While you won’t need a server room air conditioner, a good portable a/c will keep things cool during the hot months.