thermal management/airflow. Will you be using case fans? How will you get fresh air to the fan intake? How will you exhaust hot air?
Note that there are M.2 1 GbE and 2.5 GbE adapters which can be installed in the M.2 WiFi slot (A+E keyed) if you wanted to go with a simpler hub or get 2.5 GbE. I’ve always been curious about these and forum regulars are probably getting sick of me talking about them.
This is a very interesting project, please keep us updated!
It is a case and screws, so it has everything to get up an running up and quick. The only complaint that he had was the fan produced a high whine during certain speeds, but I don’t have any qualms with taking a dremmel to open the top or bottom of the case to open it up for more air flow.
Not really worried any Ethernet speed above 1 Gbe because I don’t have any Network components that can handle 2.5.
The headroom with 100W should be more than enough. These motherboards are more efficient that I could imagine. Initially I was going to get the FW adapter, but I could even power my setup using a 11th Gen Intel board with a Nintendo Switch adapter which only goes up to 39 watts. Granted, my USB hub I/O is more modest with just a single 3.0 port and several 2.0 ports, so you should need more power with yours just to be safe.