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Cabinets and Racks

This page describes the properties of cabinets and racks and how to manage them.

Select Add cabinet from the room properties or from the context menu within the sidebar navigation module. You can enter the cabinet view mode by double clicking on the cabinet component.

In pathfinder cabinets and racks house passive and active network components such as patch panels, routers, switches and power sources.

Components such as PCs and printers do not need to be placed inside cabinets and racks.



Cabinet and Rack Overview


Double click on the room to enter it. Inside the room, you can place your component definitions. Before placing your network components like routers, switches, servers, etc., it is recommended to create a rack or cabinet to mount them in.

You can right click on the room from the navigation section or from the room area screen and Add Cabinet (1). From the local catalog (2), double click or click on Add to place cabinets and racks in the room.

You can use the design mode to move your components around inside the room. If you do not see your component in the local catalog, you can search for them in the online catalog and import them in you local catalog.


The cabinet legend is shown on the top right side when inside a cabinet or rack component and updates immediately when new information is entered and confirmed. The cabinet legends provide a quick overview of the built-in components.

Here you can also find important information about the cabinet or rack (1).

You can switch between the cabinet layers by clicking on the layer you want to view (2).

Additionally, each cabinet has a front and rear view that you can switch between (3).

The component names and network path are described on the right side of the components in cabinets or racks (4). You can turn this on/off in the legends options from the context menu.

In Pathfinder, components can contain slots, in which modules can be built in. For more information on components and modules, go to: Add Components and Modules.


Cabinet and Rack Properties


You can edit the cabinet or rack properties to add more information to your component. The cabinet and rack properties consist of the following fields:

Definition: The searchable component definition name from the online catalog.

Name: The name given to the component.

Description: Write a description about the component.

Comment: Write a comment about the component.

EAN: Add the European Article Number for the component.

Physical properties: General physical properties of the component.

Purchase date: Data of purchase of the component.

Cost center:

Inventory no.: The assigned inventory number for storage.

Serial no.: The serial number of component as provided by manufacturer.


Installation date: Date of installation of the component.

Last maintenance: Information about late maintenance date of the component.

Known issues: Information on known issues with the component.


External reference no.:

UID: Unique identifier

Bookmark: Shareable bookmark link for browsers.

Documents: Accompanying documentation for component.

Consecutive naming no.:


Managing Multiple Cabinets and Racks

In Pathfinder, it is possible to manage multiple cabinets and racks in the same room simultaneously.

Click and drag over multiple cabinets to select them and click on show all or show selected to open the selected cabinet components in cabinet view. You can also select individual cabinets one at a time by holding the Ctrl key and clicking on the required cabinets or racks.

You can also switch positions of the cabinets or racks simply by dragging and dropping a cabinet or rack component next to another.

This functionality is useful when creating drag and drop cable connections between ports of components in different racks within the same room.