The Burton Tech Journal


Rack Gear

by on Jul.18, 2018, under Hardware, Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)

Occasionally you find you have to rack standard desktops or other non-rackable gear in a 4 post rack. I’ve found the StarTech Server Rack Shelf (sold on Amazon has great build quality and I would buy it again.

Racking an APC UPS on a two-post rack can be an expensive prospect. I’m found this solution on Amazon to be one of the more economical.

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Old SAS Drives

by on Jul.10, 2018, under Hardware

It seems like it’s getting difficult to source SAS drives that are shipping with a variety of Dell servers (such as the one on Amazon Has anyone used a SAS to SSD adapter in a server RAID array?

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After Market SSD Upgrades

by on May.15, 2018, under Hardware

Unfortunately many computers shipping with SSD drives add an unusually high price tag for a mid-quality drive. We’re also seeing systems with relatively decent hardware, plenty of available RAM, and well less than 75% CPU utilization performing poorly. Putting a decent SSD drive into the computer greatly improves performances.

Here’s a list of drives that we update periodically, which have performed well in the field. You can view them on Amazon below:

Samsung 860 EVO 2TB 2.5 Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-76E2T0B/AM) – (Amazon Here’s a bundle with the mount for a desktop (


Samsung 860 EVO 1TB 2.5 Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-76E1T0B/AM) – (Amazon You can also get a desktop mounting bracket on Amazon

The data migration software is free on the Samsung support site and it works decently.

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Ubiquiti AirFiber PoE

by on May.04, 2018, under Hardware, Wireless Networking - 802.11 WiFi

Ubiquiti’s AirFiber is a great product for point-to-point wireless bridges. We’ve set up these units to connect buildings that have line of site and tunnel all internet and voip traffic over the connection. Unfortunately the devices require a 50V PoE injector which occasionally fails. Luckily they are easy to source on Amazon –

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Wireless Mesh Networks for small businesses

by on May.01, 2018, under Hardware, Wireless Networking - 802.11 WiFi

Mesh network devices are beginning to become more popular in the home and small businesses. While I prefer Unifi devices for most small business installations, Netgear and other manufactures have easy to use apps for home users. You can see a variety of these devices on sale at Amazon

These devices work best if you have a wired back-haul network using a log CAT6 cable (like these on Amazon to coordinate the hardware, but they can be used as wireless bridges for hard to reach locations. It will be interesting to see this technology mature over the next few years.

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