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Black Box Explains...10-32, 12-24, and M6 rails.

The rails on cabinets and racks typically come with one of three mounting options: 10-32, 12-24, or M6.

The 10-32 and 12-24 options are round holes found on drilled and tapped... more/see it nowrails. You’ll find 10-32 openings on cabinets, while 12-24 holes are more commonly found on relay racks and frames. However, exceptions do exist. It’s very important to find out which type of mounting option your equipment requires before you order a cabinet or rack.

M6 holes are square, rather than round. M6 rails were developed to hold rackmount equipment, and you will find them on most server cabinets.

What makes M6 rails so popular on server cabinets? They’re adaptable. With just one cage nut, you can change a square hole into a round one. That gives you much more versatility in your equipment and mounting choices.

If you have a wide array of equipment, such as rackmount servers, hubs, routers, and patch panels, your best bet is a cabinet with M6 rails. It will accommodate the rackmount servers, and the other equipment can be mounted on those same rails using cage nuts.

If you’re unsure what type of cabinet, rack, or frame is best for your application, contact the experts at Black Box Tech Support. They’ll be glad to help you find the right enclosure for your equipment. collapse


Product Data Sheets (pdf)...2- and 4-Post Premier Aluminum Distribution Racks

  • Video...How to pick a rack.

    This in-depth educational video shows step by step how to go about picking a rack for a certain application and type of equipment. In addition to detailing the reasons for... more/see it nowchoosing a wallmount-style rack instead of a floor-mount model, the video explains the benefits of both 4-post and 2-post racks, and the types of mounting holes typically found on each. The video tutorial also discusses common rack measurements and how to select a rack for a particular space, such as a cramped wiring closet or narrow corridor. Also covered: common rack accessories, including options for managing cable, as well as what you need to mount, secure, and ground equipment. collapse

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