View Full Version : Looking for a Rackmount Ethernet Switch
one that has the ethernet ports on the back of the unit instead of the front. I'm putting a switch in a rack bay on my desk, and I want the cables plugged into the back because, well, that's where all my cables are. Looking for a gigabit switch, minimal number of ports. 8-12 would do nicely. Anyone seen any?
I found a little Linksys 8 port gigabit switch that rackmounts, but the bloody ports are all on the front.
You could mount that one backwards ;)
Sorry...next time I'm gonna make a totally unhelpful and worthless post, I'll at least try to make it funny.
Don't worry DMB, you are almost at 1k. . . just keep it commin'. . .
As for the switch. . .
I would mount the switch deeper so that you could connect all the cables and have a nice looking custom flap over the front of the switch. . .
The cables would then be tied back and around the switch to the back. . .
If you have room that is.
A networking rack should be accessable from the front. . . it's kinda like a standard that works, so very few want to change that.
For example, have you ever seen a patch panel with the jacks in the back?
Or a router with an serial connection in the back?
I think you will have a problem locating such a switch. Since most rack mount switches go in a rack with a patch panel, you want the jacks to be on the front so you can see where you are patching. The only jacks I've seen in the rear are uplink/fiber cards.
Yeah, see, this isn't for a networking rack :) This is going in a rack in my desk, which houses about six devices currently that need ethernet hookups. I don't have a patch panel, don't plan on putting one in.... I just have six devices rackmounted in my desk that need ethernet connections, and I'd rather run them all through a single switch racked into the desk and uplink that switch to the router.
I've never seen a switch with more than 5 ports have them on the back. You'll probably have to get something like a couple of these (http://www.asante.com/products/switches/GX5/500/index.html) and link them together. Still around 150 bucks for the both of them...not tooo bad.
The price we pay for aesthetics... ;)
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