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Old 04-25-2012, 01:14 AM - Thread Starter
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Hi all, I'm looking for an internet distribution switch rack mountable with the connectors on the back, so to have a clean faceplate when installed.
Any suggestion?
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I work with network gear on a daily basis, and unfortunately I'm not aware of any switch with rear facing ports. You can try racking the switch backwards, but then you'd have the power cord in front.
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Just get any inexpensive switch, and velcro it to the underside of a non-vented shelf, facing the rear.

I actually mounted mine facing the side, since my rack pulls out from the wall...

You can still dress the cables to your desired level of OCD.


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Depending on the depth of your rack, most switches won't be deep enough to fill the whole depth of a standard rack. Thus, you can install a rack mount switch facing the rear and use a 1u blank on the front. The power cord will still have room without hitting the blank.

The bigger issue is heat that I've found. Some dell switches get HOT. Make sure there is adequate ventilation.
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Zyxel brand with the "P" in the title. They have rear facing ports.

Now located in Shawnee, KS
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Originally Posted by airliner View Post

so to have a clean faceplate when installed.

As mentioned, the reason they are front-faced is that it allows you to service the connections ezly, but no, they don't have to be messy at all, they sell all kind of cable management accessories to hide the wires EVEN if they are front-faced. I like the PANDUIT accessories, basically once you have all wires layed out, you snap on a plastic cover over and it's neat & clean. To make change you simply snap off the cover and the wires are in front of you for ez servicing.

If u live in Silicon Valley, these things can be had for cheaps at various electronics surplus, look eBay.
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Also worth mentioning there are some switches (stand-alone) that have or can be adapted with wings. You might have some luck that way too.
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