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Review: NavePoint 9U 450mm Depth Networking Cabinet (Performance Series)

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As we are nearing the move-in date for our new building, we are starting to receive daily shipments of various tech products; due to this, I thought I would take a break from logging everything into my Hardware Inventory List and perform a quick review of our new wall-mount cabinet. We will be using NavePoint’s 9U 450mm Depth Networking Cabinet (Performance Series) to hold two switches, which will then connect to two other switches in a separate room/bay. By using four switches of the same model, we can separate our data and phone lines, increase our fault tolerance/redundancy, as well as simplify future expansions.

Let me first say how easy the assembly was for this product; in around 20 minutes (which includes my usual “oh, look at that, cool!” time) this wall-mounted cabinet was ready to go. The materials used for the case seemed to fall into that sweet spot of being light enough to transport but strong enough to withstand a drop. With a 130-pound weight capacity, sturdy welded frame structure, and a reinforced, reversible glass front door with a security lock, this cabinet more than delivered on my initial expectations. In the image below, you will find what this product looked like in assembly (excuse the mess).

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Since this cabinet will be in a different location away from our cooled and secured server room, I needed a product which had a method of heat-reduction as well as protection from unauthorized personnel. The Navepoint 9U 450mm Depth Networking Cabinet features removable, locking side panels and two built-in AC 120V, 43dB fans to help cool everything down. As trying to keep track of and share a single key for an entire business can be somewhat tricky, I was glad to see that this cabinet includes multiple copies. The fans were quiet enough and put out some decent airflow, however, as I tend to customize pretty much anything that I can, I am sure I will eventually upgrade them.

Overall, I think the NavePoint 9U 450mm Depth Networking Cabinet (Performance Series) is an excellent product, especially for the price of $137.56. Will the cabinet hold up to the abuse of mounting and installation of our switches? Only time will tell; however, I am pretty confident in this little thing already. For more information on this product, check out their website here.

Below are a few other products we received today. 

Cisco Meraki MX64W

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Cisco Wireless-AC/N Dual Radio Access Point with Single Point Setup

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