IPIQ: Delivering Professional-Quality Rack-Based Solutions
Ports on the Front or Ports on the Back?
If installing mostly IP networking gear, most of your equipment probably has ports on the front. AV equipment, however, typically has ports on the back. A few IP networking vendors (including Luxul) support both types of solutions, so regardless of your customer requirements, you have network equipment options that will meet their needs. Pay attention to front panel colors to keep everything as uniform as possible. Also, don’t overlook the importance of consistency with LED colors. Nothing is cooler than a rack that has the same LED color scheme for all devices. The Luxul AV Series, for example, allows you to select blue or green LEDs with the flip of a switch.
Keep it Tidy with Cable Management
Proper cable management can turn a nightmare of cables into a simple, clean and more manageable system. A few considerations:
• Use Velcro wraps rather than zip ties when bundling cables together as well as mounting them to a rack chassis. This allows you to make changes without having the hassle of cutting and retying zip ties.
• Wiring ducts can be used for easy and elegant distribution of cables within the rack. Ducts are usually available in different colors and easy-to-label panels to keep your data, audio, video and power lines separate.
• Patch panels indicate Ethernet locations throughout the home, while providing a central location from which to manage and troubleshoot the wire runs within the home.