rack switch ports on back

I am looking for a gigabit ethernet switch for a rack mount unit. For
some reason most of the rack mount switches I see have the ethernet
connections on the front. Not sure why that is as how many rack units
want to run the cables for all their computers to the front of the
rack? Perhaps they are just meant for either desktop units or rack
and some people prefer desktop units to have the connections where
they can be reached from the front. Is there models that have the
ports on the back? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Need only 8
ports per rack but more is fine.
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That's for the simple reason to be able to patch them easily when the front door is open.
Every single one that I know.
You might just mount your switch on the backside profile rails of your rack. Given that your rack has those, of course. But it is generally a better idea to leave the switch and all of its controls and jacks facing the front side. What exactly is your problem with this idea - the routeing of the patch cable?
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Denis Jedig
The racks in common use it large facilities have rails front and rear in the cabinet. I've faced the RJ45 field and the switch on the rear rail, facing to the back. (because that's where the cable bundle was). The servers faced front.
The front and rear rails exist because servers can be heavy and need support front and rear.
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Al Dykes
Most everything from Cisco can be mounted either way just by attaching the ears to the other side. Usually you have to move one extra screw per side to do this.
If you have a rack of network gear, the front is much more convenient than the back. If you have a rack of servers, the back is probably more convenient.
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Daniel J McDonald
Most rack mounted switches allow you to fix the mounting brackets to the back of the switch ... effectively mounting the switch with the switchports facing inward.
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