Cabinet (network)


Definition of CABINET in Network Encyclopedia.

What is a Cabinet (network)?

Cabinet is an enclosure with a built-in rack for holding and organizing patch panels, switches, routers, servers, and any other networking equipment within a wiring closet.

Cabinet (Wall Mounted 12U)
Cabinet example (Wall Mounted 12U)

How it works

Cabinets can be wall-mounted or freestanding, come in various heights, and are usually standardized for 19-inch-wide shelving and paneling. They generally come in 83-inch and 48-inch heights, although many vendors offer custom-designed cabinets.

Check out our review of NavePoint 15U (video included).

The reason for standardizing the width to 19 inches (18.31 inches to be precise) is that hubs, switches, routers, and other networking devices are produced in this width so that they can be organized in racks and cabinets designed for this purpose.

Power Strip for network Cabinet
Power Strip for network Cabinet

Cabinets come with a variety of accessories for organizing cables, power strips, and so on. Because heat can accumulate in cabinets, they usually include vented walls and have an exhaust fan on top. A cabinet will often have a locking front panel made of clear plastic so that status lights on equipment are easily visible. Shelves can be fixed, mounted, or sliding to enable easy access to the sides and backs of equipment.

Network Cabinet example for a small office LAN: Navepoint 9U Deluxe IT Wallmount Cabinet Enclosure 19-Inch Server Network Rack with Locking Glass Door 16-Inches Deep Black

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