Server racks are designed to store and mount servers. When used correctly, they can also accommodate other network equipment such as routers, modems, load balancers, or mesh router satellites. In addition to providing a secure enclosure for all your equipment, network and server racks also help minimize chaos.
The good news is that server and network racks are versatile and come in a variety of sizes. The sizes are commonly known as RU or Rack Unit. While standard racks can go up to 42U, there are also 6-8U racks. Or, if you only have a couple of networking gear that you need to mount, you can get a 3U rack as well.
So if you want to get all your networking gear in order, here are some home networking and server racks. But before that,
1. NavePoint 2U Low Profile Vertical Wall Mount
- Weight Capacity : 46 lbs
- Dimensions : 31 x 28 x 7 inches
The NavePoint 2U Wall Mount is the ideal purchase if you want to include just your modem, router, or network switch. It is a low profile case and can be easily mounted on the walls. It has vertical shelves, which give it its slim look. More importantly, the extra space inside the rack gives the team room to breathe.
Apart from the racks, there is a space for a patch panel for cable management.
This grill is made of metal and has several air vents to expel hot air. Plus, the door can be locked for added security.
However, the space-saving design means that the price is a bit higher compared to conventional racks. One of its advantages is its slim design. Server racks are not the most aesthetically pleasing products. So if you don't want the grid to stick out like a sore thumb, it's a good choice.
But if you plan to upgrade your home network and add a couple of products, you may need to buy a new rack again.
2. Kenuco 3U Vertical Steel Rack
- Weight Capacity : 75 lbs
- Dimension : 19 inches x 3U
If you have a limited number of products, Kenuco's Steel Vertical Shelf is a good choice, especially for home or home offices. It is a small and compact 3U rack, which is designed to house a maximum of 3 compatible modems. This is a vertical rack and can be easily mounted on walls.
All you need to do is slide your compatible modems into the rack and screw them into place. It has a clever design in which the sides are open, which paves the way for airflow.
It is well built, sturdy, and can bear the necessary weight. For the record, the maximum weight limit is 75 pounds. In addition to the frame, the company also ships the screws and other parts required for installation.
So far, this server rack has received its fair share of reviews, and people have appreciated its rugged construction and affordable price.
3. NavePoint 9U wall bracket
- Weight Capacity : 130 lbs
- Dimension : 20 x 23.63 x 17.72 inches
- Dimensions: 20 "H x 23.5" W x 18 "D
- Compatible with standard 19-inch rack equipment
- Maximum rail depth of 13. "Total usable space of 16" front to back.
- Removable side panels for easy access.
- Upper and lower brackets open for cable and wire access. mounting nuts included.
If you're looking for a sturdy wall-mount server rack, you can't go wrong with the NavePoint 9U Wall Mount. The highlight of this rack is the reversible door and the built-in fan. The built-in fan allows hot air to escape and keeps the interior cool, as you may have guessed.
It is a metal cabinet and has a solid design. More importantly, the instructions are clear and the rack is easy to put together. Also, the company ships hardware like screws and bolts in clearly marked packages, which is a huge plus.
The 9U measurement means that you can keep multiple network equipment together. At the same time, the cabinet has a removable pass-through that allows easy cable management, while adjustable racks give you additional space for equipment.
The front door can be locked, and it's a bonus if you're wary of letting your modems and routers outside.
4. V7 RMWC6U-1N 6U Wall Mount Rack
- Weight Capacity : 199.95 lbs
- Dimensions : N / A
- Fully assembled 6U cabinet with door and louvered sides to keep equipment cool
- Fully adjustable mounting rails, numbered U positions, and square holes for easy rig mounting
- Casters can be fitted (included) to allow the cabinet to be moved on the floor or placed under a table for added versatility
- Removable top and bottom cable panels for a clean look
- High grade cold rolled steel cabinet with 5 years warranty
Another server and network rack are V7. This is a 6U wall mount rack with vented sides. Although it does not have a built-in fan, the vents help keep the interior cool. This shelf is cleverly designed and when the need arises, you can open the side panels. The best part is that the door is reversible and can be opened on the side of your choice.
Unlike the NavePoint rack, it is fanless, but you can install one yourself.
The V7 RMWC6U-1N is a popular product on Amazon and has over 1,000 reviews to its credit. Users love it for its durability, solid construction, and flexibility it brings to the table. Although it is a wall-mounted rack, you can use the included wheels, in case you want to stay on the ground.
Alternatively, you can take a look at Tripp Lite's 6U Wall Mount Rack Cabinet.
- Enclosure designed for wall mounting
- With reversible front door and lock
- Has removable side panels
- Features ventilation to keep equipment cool
5. StarTech.com 12U Heavy Duty Rack
- Save space with this compact 2 Column Rack solution
- The Server Rack Cabinet offers a load capacity of up to 160 kg
- This 12U Rack Cabinet ships in a flat box to reduce shipping costs
- To facilitate the installation of your equipment, the Open Rack includes clip nuts that do not require tools
- Take full advantage of the compatibility of this Server Rack with the EIA-310-D standard
What sets the StarTech.com frame apart from the rest is its open design. It has no walls or glass enclosures. Instead, it's a simple 12U triangle rack with mounting rails on the sides. All you need to do is mount your modems and switches one after the other. Or, if you want, you can separate them.
Like some racks on this list, you can bolt on compatible gear directly or attach a shelf to hold them in place.
At the same time, it is a floor shelf. The build is solid and several users have praised this feature. Installation is not rocket science, and it only takes a couple of minutes to put together.
If you want to spend more on your network devices and worry less about appearance, then this StarTech rack is a good choice. Note that there is no option to lock the rack.
Assemble them all
If you live in a larger home or have access to more than one Internet connection, the network and server racks like the ones above help alleviate most of your problems.
The only thing you need to consider is getting a shelf if your equipment is not shelf compatible.
The entry The 5 best network racks and servers for the home was first published in TecnoTuto .