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We are virtualizing our license servers and have to start using network USB hubs for the authentication keys. The ones I've found will be messy in a rack. Has anyone ever seen a rackmountable version? If that's not an option, are there any rackmountable normals hubs? Or maybe some setup I haven't come up with?

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You mean something like this:

Metal 7-Port USB 2.0 Powered Slim Hub for PC-MAC with Power Adapter

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Industrial USB Hub with 7 Ports feature a rugged metal enclosure.

Or this one with 12 ports:

Industrial 12-Port USB 2.0 Powered Hub for PC-MAC DIN-RAIL Mount

Image of an Industrial 12-Port USB 2.0 Powered Hub

Industrial USB Hub with 12 Ports feature a rugged metal enclosure.

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Better, but it doesn't look rackmountable without having to mount it to a board first. –  Joseph Jun 20 '09 at 14:42
    
"12-port hub, you can wall-mount or install onto a DIN rail for convenient access to the ports." –  splattne Jun 20 '09 at 14:50
    
Ok, now that's much closer to what I'm looking for. –  Joseph Jun 20 '09 at 14:57
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Well even at 1U having splattnes suggested devices occupy a rack space seems a bit of a waste - these devices seem easy enough to mount inside a rack cabinet but outside of the actual 19" mount-space. Mounting them to a rack shelf first if you really need them inside that space should also be easy and cheap.

Actual rack-mountable equipment is hard to come by when we're talking about smaller stuff - the options are usually limited to large-scale bays to fit a lot (=more than a couple) of specific devices, like old school modems and whatnot, or very expensive custom frames to hold (usually very expensive) small hardware like the simpler cisco aironet controllers.

I'd say (sadly) you're looking at finding a decent generic shelf to house these things in that satisfies your need for order - or just pin them somewhere to the walls or the rails of the rack.

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