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Wiring Rack Advice
Posted 08 September 2012 - 08:22 PM
I had a Mid Atlantic open rack at my old house, and while it was nice, it was very difficult to access the back and add in new connections--thus I've decided a swing-frame rack is required. I don't like the Mid Atlantic Swing Frame rack--in pictures it doesn't look like a great design to me. So, I've arrived at two options:
1) Tripp Lite SRWO12US 12U Wall-Mount Pivoting Open Frame Rack (http://www.tripplite...txtModelID=4744).
Pro's: inexpensive, my previous experience with Tripp Lite products was positive, it's simple and functional
Con's: I'm a little worried that 12 rack units won't be enough (although I could upgrade if and when that time comes), Tripp Lite doesn't seem to offer any wire management solutions for this rack. In particular, they offer no solution for wire strain relief.
2) Chatsworth 11791-718 Standard Swing Gate Rack (http://www.chatswort...ard-swing-gate/), which is a 21U rack.
Pro's: looks to be a very solid rack, has solutions for cable management, (Wall Rack Cable Management Ring Set (CPI P/N 11799-001), a solution for strain relief ("Patch Panel Wire Management Bar (CPI P/N 12176-X01)," which they indicate can provide "the necessary wire management and strain relief required by ANSI/TIA/EIA-568-B."), and it has a bit more room for me to grow into.
Con's: Roughly double the cost of the Tripp Lite unit, plus accessories, money that I could use toward automation endeavors, potentially overkill for what I need.
So, I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with either rack, and also if in a small installation (I have probably ~20 CAT6 runs) whether strain relieve is something with which I need to be concerned. I'm not terribly concerned with cable management--but then again perhaps I should be. I didn't worry about either cable management or strain relief that with my previous home's setup (because I didn't know to), and never had a problem--but that could have been blind luck.
Posted 08 September 2012 - 10:15 PM
Posted 09 September 2012 - 12:49 AM
Here's one that I'd take a close look at given your stated desires - solid frame, opens from one side, etc.
Obviously know the depth of anything that needs to mount and the weight to ensure you're not exceeding it. When mounting, you need to make provisions to ensure that it's mounted to studs or otherwise properly supported to handle the weight.
Wire management isn't that big of a deal if you run the wires right. Basically the key is to make sure they're bundled nicely and anchored well to the side, but in a way that they have sufficient slack to swing the full distance without stressing the punch-downs. This usually means bundling them from the punchdowns back to the hinge side and keeping them loose enough to be able to swing the rack all the way out without snagging - then continue tying them up in such a way as to keep the flexibility, but keep them nicely dressed.
For my needs, I actually went with a Tripp-Lite 12U wall mount full cabinet. It hinges in the back and the front for full access and both sides are removable. Mine is in a slightly visible spot (my closet) so I needed it to look good when closed up. Also, my mounting location didn't line up well with the studs, so I mounted a 1/2" sheet of plywood to the wall across the studs, painted it to match the wall perfectly, then attached the cabinet to that with 8 or so anchors. With the 100lbs in it, I could probably hang off it without it moving; and you don't even see the plywood when looking right at it - it blends in well (there is a closet system all around the rest of the closet anyways).
Posted 09 September 2012 - 01:48 PM
Posted 10 September 2012 - 02:36 AM
Hubbell IIRC were fine - it's been a while. At the end of the day, you shouldn't be putting much weight on these. A PDU (power strip) doesn't weigh much at all if no batteries are involved, and the cables will be somewhat self supporting and anchored to the frame - you're really not talking much weight at all. Throw a router and modem on there - and you're still low.
Posted 10 September 2012 - 10:44 PM
Posted 12 September 2012 - 08:43 PM
Posted 16 September 2012 - 08:50 AM
If you can forsee a DVR, amps, audio equipment, etc. the extra space helps for physical management, let alone thermal.
Posted 16 September 2012 - 09:49 PM
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