We need a new, fanless, managed 24-port switch for our small office and I'm considering the Cisco SG200-26. The issue is that the network cabling in the office means that the switch must be wall-mounted, oriented vertically, with the side containing the ports facing to the right and the two vented sides at the top and bottom, facing the ceiling and floor, respectively.
So, my questions are:
- is it bad for a switch to be oriented vertically with the vents at the top and bottom? Does it screw up the ventilation? (This is a fanless switch - we need a quiet office).
- can the rack-mounts be used as wall mounts?
We have had one switch mounted in this manner, hence the cable layout, but the switch died.
The Cisco documents give no guidance, but the documentation for a similar HP switch states that when wall-mounted, the port side should point up (toward the ceiling).