The new setup, two 16″ x 32″, 20 gauge galvanized steel pegboards, a whole lot of zip ties, and that white thing at the bottom is a shelf thing I had laying around. Only one cord (power) snakes out of all of that and to a power strip. So I can turn it however I want at any given time, or slide a board under it and carry it off really easily.

Room for a bunch more phones if I choose to add them, like the three currently sitting in their own little farm under my monitor. I need to repair one of the spare Motos and add it, too, because I’m short one in my setup. That’s what the blank spot is for. I also grounded the whole thing, because that’s a lot of batteries pressed directly back up against sheets of steel (no back covers on them to help with cooling).

The phones are also automatically powered for four hour increments with four hours of no power in between, to keep the batteries healthy and prevent highly explosive and flammable ballooning. With the screens dimmed via a filter, there’s relatively little heat for all that they don’t have active fan cooling anymore like they did with the old setup. If I need to, I can still add that thanks to all the pegboard holes behind each phone.

Also, I taught myself about different flavors of wireless signal, basics on encryption types, and learned to flash custom firmware onto the Netgear Nighthawk R7000 that is the central hub of our system, and onto one of the two TP-LINK TL-WDR3500 that run off of it. All of those phones were constantly losing wi-fi and costing me most of my already meager income, but I seem to have fixed it finally, and the new physical setup means I can actually access all the screens whenever I need to.

And of course, all of this was accompanied by writing entirely new .bat files that help run the whole mess.