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The fully accessorised rack

The fully accessorised rack

After you choose your rack, consider how you’ll set it up and what accessories you might need.


Your rack may need to be secured. A typical rack has about a 38.1-centimetre-deep base, providing some stability, but not enough to prevent the rack from tipping if heavy objects are mounted on it. To solve this problem, most rack bases can be bolted to the floor.


You also need to decide how to accommodate standalone equipment, which is not actually rackmounted or bolted to the rack. You can place small devices on a cantilevered shelf such as the RMTS01; however, you should place heavier items such as monitors on a center-weight shelf.

Patch Panel Hinge Kits

Small extras, such as Patch Panel Hinge Kits (36062–36065 on our website), can make your job easier. These hinges enable you to access the back of a patch panel simply by swinging it out from the rack. They’re particularly useful for racks in hard-to-reach areas.

Rackmount Adaptors

If you need to mount both 19" and 23" equipment in the same rack, use a 23" rack with 23"-to-19" Rackmount Adaptors (37906–37910 on our website) to fit the 19" devices.

Filler Panels

For a neater appearance, you can cover unused spaces in a rack with Filler Panels.

Cable Managers

Cable management is also an important consideration. Our Horizontal and Vertical Cable Managers help you to route cables along the sides of racks, between racks and to the rackmounted equipment.