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StarTech 15U 19-inch Black Server Rack Cabinet 2636CABINET Review

By: Paul Alcorn | Racks & Cases in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Feb 28, 2014 3:06 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: StarTech





Setting up the unit is quick and easy. One of the most redeeming qualities of the unit is the heavy-duty design, which can tolerate up to 2210 pounds of equipment. The casters are free spinning and appropriately robust to handle heavy loads. The mobility of the unit is particularly convenient, especially if the unit is near a rear wall. The easy movement allows quick access to the wiring at the rear of the unit. The casters also feature a lockable design, which can be foot-activated, to prevent movement.




The unit also features levelers to the rear and stabilizers on the front. These provide additional footing if required. The stabilizer feet fold out from the front of the unit to support the unit when pulling out heavy drawers. It is always good practice to install the heaviest racks to the bottom of the case, but stabilizers allow for varied setups without the fear of the unit tipping when sliding racks out.


The stabilizers can support the unit, in conjunction with the levers to the rear, when mobility is not required. Simply turning the nut on the stabilizer foot raises the unit until the wheels are slightly off the floor. The plastic coating on the bottom of the feet protect flooring, such as our wood base here. With heavyweight deployments, it is wise to use weight-distribution pads on floors without a high loading rating.



Airflow and Filters




The rear of the unit reveals two removable cable management arms to the left. These arms can move to facilitate longer rack lengths. The silver tab on the middle right allows the rear door to latch shut. This tab is mountable on the left side if the user reverses the door. The levelers are at the bottom. The filter comes off with four screws and can be periodically cleaned with soap and water.





Installing Rails




The 4-post design features square mounting holes. The number one reason for server and rack incompatibility stems from the use of round hole types. Square holes are more flexible from an installation standpoint. Very few rails are compatible with both round and square holes. With square holes, users can always install the included cage nuts to provide compatibility with either system. The rack supports both sliding and fixed shelves.


The L-type posts are easily moved farther back to provide wide compatibility with different rails and shelves. Hole types, rack mounting depth, and obstructions between the front and rear rails are a common source of frustration for users. The StarTech 2636 avoids these major shortfalls with a solid design that supports wide compatibility.


We initially installed two Rosewill cases, the RSV-L4000 and the RSV-L4411.

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