As mentioned in our previous post, Types of Racks, Fixtures, and Cable Access Designs, vertical wall-mount network cabinets mount equipment, vertically. Vertical mount cabinets enable a low-profile setup for rack capacities of 9U or less, which saves space. In our previous blog posts, we discussed the different design features that allow for better access to the rear cables. While each design feature has its pros and cons, vertical mount network cabinets stand out in with ease of use, respectable weight capacity, and smaller footprint in setups that are 9U or less. These benefits make vertical wall-mount enclosures one of the best options to mount a network node, home/small office server, or a telecom solution.
Rear Cable Access with Respectable Weight Capacity
When rack-mount equipment is installed in a vertical orientation, the cables are connected from the bottom. This is an ideal setup for two reasons:
First, to minimize protrusion and maximize floor space, a wall-mount network cabinet is often mounted high up on a wall, and sometimes in a corner. Connecting cables from the bottom of a vertical cabinet while it’s high up on the wall means to a good view of the rear of each piece of equipment, sometimes without a need for a ladder.
Second, connecting the cables from the bottom means gravity is working along the axis of each connector. This minimizes the stress and strain on each connector compared to alternative orientations.
Similar to a side mount rack (discussed in a previous post, Advantages of Side Mount Wall Racks), a vertical mount server cabinet has a respectable weight capacity because it does not rely on a hinged to access the cables in the rear. NavePoint’s Vertical Wall Mount Rack Enclosure - 36 Inch Server Depth can hold 150 lbs. or 30 lbs. per rack unit, which is perfect for heavy equipment like a fully populated Dell PowerEdge R330 server.
Fewer Depth Restrictions
Vertical mount cabinets offer a unique opportunity to mount standard, heavy, 4-Post server equipment on a 2-Post chassis, which removes the restriction of mounting different equipment with various depths.
Inability to Accommodate Non-Rack Mount Equipment
We see the creative displays of network setups with NavePoint solutions on different social media platforms. Often, we see customers utilizing NavePoint shelves to mount non-rack-able equipment like AV amplifiers, desktop ethernet splitters, and more. Although vertical mount server cabinets have many benefits, vertically mounted shelves will not work for most applications.
How to Choose a Vertical Mount Cabinet
Like choosing other wall mount cabinets, consumers should keep in mind their setup’s rack units, equipment depths, weight capacity, and wall mount anchor locations. Furthermore, NavePoint recommends buying a rack with a few extra rack units and a higher weight capacity for future expansion.
Although NavePoint’s vertical mount cabinets are fan compatible on the bottom, the default package does not include fans. Therefore, it is essential to allocate some mounting depth for fans if you plan on using them. Check out NavePoint’s Vertical Wall Mount Rack Enclosure - 36 Inch Server Depth, or contact NavePoint’s sales team for more information!
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