What Are Network Racks And How Do They Compare To 2 Post Racks

What Is A Network Rack?

The network rack goes by different names and is made up of a metal-frame chassis, designed to hold, secure, protect, organise, and stack different types of computer servers and network devices. The term “network” references the rack that houses this hardware type.

How To Set-Up A Network Rack

Some types of network racks are made to hold computer systems and servers, while others feature a design that matches up to specific types of devices. These racks perform the role of securing technology using bolts, brackets, and any other type of rack hardware to keep the equipment together and in the right place. This equipment can also be mounted using shelves and rails, including switch shelves and switch rails.

Network Rack Equipment

These rack types are designed to house various equipment types. Network equipment is actually the “umbrella term” used to describe different types of technology. These devices include:


These are high-speed, multi-port devices designed to receive data followed by redirecting the data to the right destination on a LAN (local area network). When using switches, information is only able to pass across one network.


Similar to a switch, the router receives and forwards information. However, a router is able to forward data across multiple networks. This is the reason why different networks or devices are able to access the Internet using a single router.


This is the device that connects your router to the Internet source. This is generally done with the use of ethernet cords.

Network Rack Vs. 2 Post Relay Rack

The open-frame, 2 post relay racks are often an easy-to-use, lower-cost entrance level when it comes to network-rack mounting equipment. For this reason, the 2 post-rack could be classified as a “network rack” when you use it to mount this equipment type. The 2 post racks work with 2 centralized, thinner parallel posts that extend from a balanced, large base either 23 or 19 inches apart.

Installing Network Equipment Using A 2 Post Rack

2 post racks are much easier to start and set up due to the easy-to-move and lighter frame when compared to racks that are heavier and more robust. Network equipment is secured into these racks by first connecting a brace to the network hardware followed by bolting this brace to the supplied posts.

Once installed, 2 post racks can be used to stack more than one network device on top of one another. This helps you to make the most out of your vertical space, reducing the floor space that you need to store all your gear. These racks are also sturdy and you can also secure the rack directly to the floor, which means it won’t be easy to knock or bump your installed equipment over. The open-nature of these racks also decreases airflow obstruction, making it much easier to manage and maintain your cables.

If you decide to use a 2 post relay rack for mounting network hardware, make sure your devices are centre-mounted on your rack to achieve the most secure and safest hold. Centre mounting involves attaching the middle part of your hardware bracket to the posts that are parallel on either side. The centre mounting position will improve balance and centralise the distribution of weight, lowering the pressure placed on the rack. Flush-mounting will only work well with low-profile, lighter technology.