John Silis's Weatherproof Rig


This rig wouldn’t get a second glance from most people—and that’s just how John Silis wants it. After seeing news reports of vandalism in his neighborhood, John decided to harness the power of technology to take a bite out of crime by installing a surveillance rig inside a 12x12x6 plastic electrical junction box.

At Maximum PC , we believe in real-world testing, and John did not disappoint. To simulate potential abuse from vandals and inclement weather, John handed out baseball bats, rocks, and a garden hose to the neighborhood kids and let them go to town on the Weatherproof Rig. It survived the onslaught with nary a scratch—and kept running. Word of advice, John, don’t let those kids near your gaming rig!

Computer? What computer? Waterproof baffles keep out the rain and bugs, and two 92mm fans keep this rig cool under the Florida sun.

Inside, rubber grommets act as shock mounts for the mobo and hard drives. The rig can be controlled via either Remote Desktop or an RF keyboard and a 2.4GHz video transmitter.

Power supply? We don’t need no stinkin’ power supply. John can trade out his Micro 320-watt PSU and run this rig off the solar panels you see here and two golf-cart batteries.

John’s Eclipse card can run up to 16 cameras. Right now, he’s running four; he plans to set the rig up for his landlord at a nearby apartment building.

For his winning entry, John wins a $500 gift certificate for to fund his modding madness!

Enter to Win Rig of the Month!

To Enter: Your submission packet must contain your name, street address, and daytime phone number; no fewer than three high-res JPEGs (minimum size 1024x768) of your modified PC; and a 300-word description of what your PC represents and how it was modified. Emailed submissions should be sent to Snail mail submissions should be sent to Rig of the Month, c/o Maximum PC, 4000 Shoreline Court, Suite 400, South San Francisco, CA 94080.
The judges will be Maximum PC editors, and they will base their decision on the following criteria: creativity and craftsmanship.

One entry per household. Your contest entry will be valid until (1) six months after its submission or (2) October 15, 2007, whichever date is earlier. Each month a winner will be chosen from the existing pool of valid entries, and featured in the Rig of the Month department of the magazine. The final winner in this contest will be announced in the December 2007 issue. Each of the judging criteria (creativity and craftsmanship) will be weighed equally at 50 percent. By entering this contest you agree that Future US, Inc. may use your name and your mod’s likeness for promotional purposes without further payment. All prizes will be awarded and no minimum number of entries is required. Prizes won by minors will be awarded to their parents or legal guardians. Future US, Inc. is not responsible for damages or expenses that the winners might incur as a result of the Contest or the receipt of a prize, and winners are responsible for income taxes based on the value of the prize received. A list of winners may also be obtained by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Future US, Inc. c/o Maximum PC Rig of the Month, 4000 Shoreline Ct, Suite 400, South San Francisco, CA 94080. This contest is limited to residents of the United States. No purchase necessary; void in Arizona, Maryland, Vermont, Puerto Rico, and where prohibited by law.

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