Tech Tip: How to Dress Cables to Optimize Switch Performance in Your Network Cabinet
June 20, 2014
Chatsworth Products (CPI) newly redesigned N-Series
TeraFrame® Gen3 Network Cabinet addresses the unique airflow requirements of
the switch to keep hot and cold air completely isolated from each other.
Another central concern of this design was to include robust
cable management with extra space along both sides of the cabinet for network
To that end, it is very important to organize patch cords so
that they do not block airflow into the switch. With switches that use
front-to-rear airflow, patch cords can exit both sides of the switch and are
managed along the sides of the cabinet.
For switches that have side airflow, patch cords must be
managed so that they do not block inlet airflow along the right side of the
switch. Patch cords must be routed to the left side or up and down, and then
over using rack-mount horizontal cable managers, so that inlet airflow is not
Another consideration is ensuring proper access to hot swappable switch
modules, like the fan trays. Do not to block fan trays or other modules
with cable connections.
Instead, consider using additional horizontal managers and
jumper trays to route cables from one side of the cabinet to the other to avoid
For more information on CPI’s ultimate network cabinet, go here.