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How to Choose the Network Rack or Cabinet you Need:

How to Choose the Network Rack or Cabinet you Need:

There are many factors to consider when buying a cabinet or network rack. Our customer-care team has put together a few basic tips for choosing the right network cabinet or rack that will serve you best.

1st – Physical Dimensions and Weight of your equipment:

The first thing you should check is the physical dimensions and the weight of your equipment. While some equipment is bulky or heavy and might fit only in the freestanding racks, which are racks that are designed to be placed on the floor, other equipment might be smaller and can fit inside desktop or wall mount cabinets. There are several things to consider when choosing your cabinet or rack:

  • After checking the weight and dimensions of your equipment, you should be able to narrow your search down to the appropriate size network cabinet or rack. In order to confirm that you are focusing on the right cabinet or rack, you should verify the measurements of the unit to make sure it will suitably accommodate your equipment.

  • If you anticipate installing additional equipment in the future, you might want to consider a larger rack or cabinet to ensure your future equipment will fit. Checking this now can save you time and money later.

  • You may choose from three types of racks and network cabinets: freestanding, wall mount, and versatile (can be used as a wall mount, desktop, or freestanding when using the optional leveling feet).

o SETT offers 2 types of freestanding racks: Server Rack and Universal Rack. The main difference between them is that the server rack has more depth and is designed to accommodate servers or other bulky equipment.

o SETT offers 2 types of wall mount cabinets: Slim Line Cabinet and the Trim Line Cabinet.

o SETT offers 2 types of versatile mounting cabinets that can be used as wall mount cabinets, desktop cabinets, or freestanding cabinets when using the optional leveling feet: SOHO Line Cabinet and the Mini Pro Line Cabinet.

  • See our website for specific rack and cabinet technical specifications and drawings

2nd – Usable Mounting Space:

The second thing to verify is the usable mounting space available in the cabinet or rack that you selected. We include this information on our website for each cabinet and rack in the “Technical Specifications.” Please note the rack or cabinet total depth is different from the maximum usable mounting depth.

  • We recommend allowing extra space in front and behind the equipment mounted inside the cabinet or rack if the equipment requires any type of cable hook-up such as: power cable, network cable etc.

  • You may also want to consider allowing extra space for providing maintenance to equipment.

3rd - Access Points to Equipment:

While some applications and equipment need only front access, others might need side or back access. Determine what type of access you might need to maintain your equipment and make sure that the rack or cabinet you choose will provide you the access that you need.

SETT offers cabinet and rack models with different accessibility. Please check the technical specifications of each model on our website.

4th – What Accessories are Necessary for your Equipment:

The next thing to check is if your equipment will require a cooling system, shelves, cable management, or any other accessories. SETT offers a variety of competitively priced accessories for each specific model listed on our website.

  • One of the reasons to check for accessories is because some heat generating equipment requires a cooling system to improve ventilation.

5th – Specifications and Special Requirements:

The factors previously presented are just preliminary key points to consider. More technical specifications about SETT’s racks and cabinets can be found on the website. Some network equipment may need special attention and considerations. It is best to carefully read any restrictions that are noted by the equipment manufacturer for any special housing accommodation.

6th – Why Establish Business Relationships with SETT?

SETT proudly serves a diverse customer base that consists of large organizations, small businesses, and individual users. Our Customer Care team is available to discuss your business operation needs, answer questions, and recommend a network cabinet or rack that will best meet your needs.

E-mail or call 1-215-322-9301 during business hours or e-mail us at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we will be happy to assist you.

We look forward to hearing from you and welcome you to the SETT family.


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Network Racks and Server Racks from SETT!

SETT is one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of network racks, server racks and network cabinets.  Whether you need a wall mount cabinet or free standing network rack, you will find it here - from 5U cabinets to large 42U server racks.  For your convenience, SETT network racks may be ordered online and shipped nationwide.

Trusted worldwide, SETT server and network racks are built to last!