Cooling a Network Wiring Closet

Wiring closets are an integral part of a company’s network. They house network and telecom equipment such as servers, switches and hubs used to connect branch offices and other remote locations to the main distribution frame (MDF).

These small spaces are generally not ideal environments for IT and networking equipment. While some wiring closet locations are planned to house IT equipment, many of them just evolve into network closets over time due to company and/or network growth demands. Because they aren’t designed to house IT equipment, they often lack the ventilation and cooling necessary for equipment to function properly and safely. Even minor temperature changes can affect network reliability, so it’s imperative that these closets maintain safe operating temperatures.

Remote Cooling Monitoring and Control
A main issue to consider is remote cooling management. Ideally, all aspects of the wiring closet can be monitored and controlled remotely as most are located within branch offices or other remote locations. But while most IT equipment is capable of remote management, most air conditioning units are not. They require regular monitoring, maintenance and someone on-site to perform said maintenance (i.e. adjusting the temperature, emptying the water collection tank, etc.).

The SNMP-capable SRCOOLNET and SRCOOLNET2 accessories work with our line of Portable Cooling Units to enable SNMP monitoring and management. The SROOLNET and SRCOOLNET2 include an ENVIROSENSE accessory to monitor humidity in addition to remote temperature monitoring. It allows IT managers to keep their equipment safe from overheating and excessive moisture without leaving their home or office.

Cable Management
Another simple thing you can do to improve wiring closet cooling is to implement cable management. Bulky cables obstruct airflow, especially if they’re disorganized and tangled. A well-considered cable management solution will greatly increase airflow and reduce clutter, reducing the overall temperature of the closet.

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