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How to Choose a 48 Port Patch Panel?

Patch panel, the critical component in the data center, comes in various types. The port density of a patch panel may not be your primary consideration, but it indeed matters as the ports directly affects the cable management needs either at present or in the future. The number of these ports vary from 12, 24, 48, 64, 72, 96 to 288 and even more. Actually there is no limit to the number of ports on a patch panel. In this article, I’d like to share a buying guide about 48 port patch panel.

48 Port Patch Panel: Copper VS. Fiber

No matter how many ports they have, patch panels can be deployed in fiber and copper cabling system to organize and distribute cables. The 48 port patch panel is no exception. There is no practical difference in performance as the role of patch panels is to direct signal traffic rather than send the signal. However, there is indeed a difference between the cables they will wire. Fiber patch panel is mainly used in fiber optic cable management, while copper patch panel is designed for both shielded and unshielded copper cables like Cat5e, Cat6, Cat6a, and Cat7.

Copper 48 Port Patch Panel Recommendation

As for the copper patch panel, it is designed according to the copper cable types. Sometimes, Cat5e, Cat6 or other Ethernet cables need to be managed in a single panel. In this situation, the blank keystone patch panels can support mixed cabling with installation of different rj45 insert modules. The 48 ports blank keystone/multimedia patch panel, manufactured by FS.COM, is made of SPCC CRS material. It can accommodate all keystone jacks, including RJ45 Ethernet, HDMI audio/video, voice and USB applications. In addition, the high density 19in wide, 1U High, panel design will save valuable space in the rack. With it, you can customize your patch panel according to your specific application.

copper 48 port patch panel

Fiber 48 Port Patch Panel Recommendation

When it comes to 48 port fiber patch panel, you can choose it based on your fiber core, single mode or multimode. 1U 19″ high-density fiber patch panel(ID:69082) can accommodate up to 96 fibers with 48 ports on it. As a fiber patch panel, it supports the OM3/OM4 multimode fiber mode. Designed with LC duplex on both sides, it saves much cost as being fully loaded with fiber couplers. Specifically, FS.COM comes up with an innovative design and cable management. The 1U detachable horizontal cable management panel can protect and organize fiber optic cable in your network.

fiber 48 port patch panel

Roughly the same with the former fiber patch panel, this one, 96 fibers, 48 ports LC 9/125 single mode adapters, 1U 19″ high-density fiber patch panel, supports OS2 9/125μm single mode fiber. Designed with high quality steel adapter panel, it is suitable for 1U 19″ frame rack mount or cabinet. It can meets the requirements in backbone-to-backbone and backbone-to-horizontal fiber cabling.

48 port patch panel

The 48 port patch panels introduced above are all from FS.COM, the company which wins people’s favor by its reasonable price and high quality. This company has been pressing ahead with novel and versatile products and all kinds of cabling solutions.

How to Choose 1U Rack Mount Patch Panel?

1U rack mount patch panel is generally used within a server rack, unlike the wall mount patch panel that is fixed on the wall. Facing the trends like high density servers and converged infrastructure that has result in amounts of cables in the server racks, rack mount patch panel is the perfect way to solve poor cable management at the source. Now I bet you come here because you have to choose one rack mount patch panel of some sort, but don’t know exactly how. Don’t worry, let’s start at the beginning. Before buying it, we should know why we need the rack mount patch panel.

Why Do We Need 1U Rack Mount Patch Panel

The main reason is that 1U rack mount patch panels have close relationship with cable performance. 1U rack mount patch panel as one tool of 1U cable management is the primary factor in maintaining high circuit performance during cable installation and use. It makes all cables connections in order so as to avoid cables becoming tangled and messy, and all changes can be made at the patch panel. Also, with all connections are made on the equipment, rack mount patch panel can save wear and tear on the ports of expensive equipment like switches, which helps reduce equipment cost.

Factors We Should Consider When Buying 1U Rack Mount Patch Panel

Rack mount patch panel seems a simple product, but there are still some aspects make you wonder. The following are the aspects that should be considered when you shopping one 1U rack mount patch panel.

  • Space and port requirement. Before buying a rack mount enclosure, first determine your requirements of space and ports because patch panels are available in different sizes and types. For standardization purposes, rack mounts are usually 19 inches and given in U units range from 1U to 4U. Make sure you know the height, depth, width and weight of the equipment.

  • Budget. Money always is the unavoidable issue. Establish a budget for the equipment, then you can narrow the buying scope and make the final selection.

How to Choose 1U Rack Mount Patch Panel

FS.COM offers different versions of 1U rack mount patch panel to meet customers’ needs. Here are three products and pick one based on your need.

1U Rack Mount Fiber Enclosure  

This rack mount equipment is made of SPCC material with black coating. It can accept 4 fiber adapter panels of LC, SC ports or 4 MTP modular cassettes, which can connect 96 fibers. The top panel uses the demountable design that allows you to put 4 splice trays or 2 slack spools to manage and protect your cables. The equipment is suitable for small or medium communication room with a favorable price of 68 dollars.

1U Rack Mount High Density Fiber Enclosure

Like the former 1U rack mount equipment, this fiber enclosure uses the same material and also can hold 4 fiber adapters or MTP cassettes, connecting 96 fibers at most. But this high density device adopts a new design of parallel sliding drawer that pulls the drawer out you can manage the cables inside the device, instead of removing the top panel. Another creative design is the semi-transparent design of front door, which makes it more convenient to check the inside cables and protect the cables from the dust. It’s an ideal solution for high density cabling with a price of 89 dollars.

1U Rack Mount Ultra High Density Fiber Enclosure

Featured with 3 independently sliding drawers, this ultra high density equipment can house 12 MTP cassettes or fiber adapter panels. Thus, with the 50% increase in usable density, it can connect 144 fibers in 1U server rack. And the open design of the back can improve the airflow which is beneficial to equipment cooling. This equipment enjoys a higher price of 120 dollars for it’s designed to satisfy the most extreme fiber density demands.

The following table is the comparison of the three products.

1U Rack Mount Fiber Enclosure
1U Rack Mount High Density Fiber Enclosure
1U Rack Mount Ultra High Density Fiber Enclosure
Sliding Version
No
 One sliding drawer  Three sliding drawers
Material
SPCC
                  SPCC  Aluminum
Fiber Count
96
 96  144
Price (USD)
                    $68  $89  $120

Summary

If you want to buy a rack mount patch panel with good quality at low price, the 1U rack mount fiber enclosure can satisfy your need. If you prefer to protect cables from dust, the second product is suitable for you. And if you have to deal with ultra high density fibers, choose the last product. Whether you are ready to buy a rack mount patch panel, FS.COM is here to help. Get in touch with us via our website FS.COM.

2U Cable Manager—Assist of Cable Management

What Is the “U” in 2U Cable Manager?

What’s the difference between 1U and 2U cable managers? The most distinguishable one in my mind, is the number lying in their name. The “U”, also known as “RU”, stands for rack unit that is a unit of measure defined as 44.50 millimeters (1.75 in) by EIA. It is most frequently used as a measurement of the overall height of 19-inch and 23-inch rack frames, as well as the height of equipment that mounts in these frames. With this standard, we don’t need to play with complicated numbers, instead, a simple addition can work. For example, a 12U cabinet can accommodate twelve 1U devices or six 2U devices or four 3U devices. And so on.

Where and When to Use 2U Cable Manager

As the data center grows, you may have many cables to handle, thus the point-to-point cabling is not workable any longer. To realize and maintain a neat and clean cabling, you may need such tools as patch panels, enclosures, and cable managers, among which the cable managers are the primary consideration when you want a good cabling.
1U and 2U cable managers are the most common products for horizontal cable management at present. As people’s demands vary, 2U cable managers come in to being. The 2U cable manager allows for front-to-back and back-to-front cable runs. The finger ducts can be used for both upside and downside cable management. These products can be used above and below patch panel and network switch to organize and store cables.

2U Cable Manager Options

FS.COM offers a wide variety of 2U horizontal cable managers that range from cable manager with finger duct to cable manager with D-rings and cable manager with end rings manager.

2U Cable Manager with Finger Duct

This 2U cable manager is made of plastic in black coat. It is designed with flexible fingers, rear pass-through holes and a removable cover. The cover will enclose the cables within the fixed space, leaving the clean and neat appearance. In this way, people won’t see the tangled or crossed cables in it. The finger ducts are soft and durable, which offer proper bend radius and flexible operation of cable management, keeping the structured cabling system unhurt and totally functional.

2U Cable Manager with Finger Duct

2U Cable Manager with 5 D-rings

As an open-frame cable manager, it is made of metal with five D-rings standing on the panel in a good order. Horizontal cable management panels with D Rings are built with steel for strength and durability. Easily route large amounts of cable through robust rings. The D-Rings organize patch cords and maintain a required bend radius. They are available in sizes of 1U and 2U.

2U Cable Manager with 5 D-rings

2U Cable Manager with End Rings Manager

It is a metal open-frame cable manager with vertical four rings and two horizontal rings, providing better cord management. It is also compatible with most standard 19” enclosures and open frame server racks, mounting hardware included. The end-rings will somehow protect the cables in case of unnecessary bending.

2U Cable Manager with End Rings Manager

All these 2U cable managers have 1U versions. To meet your various requirements, we strive to keep improving, innovates unceasingly, making the FS.COM attentively the first-class enterprise.

Things You Should Know About Patch Panel Cabinet

Cables are in the right position. Patch panels are terminated. All slack cables are put orderly in the cable manager. Let’s see what is missing? Well, where should the patch panels and cable managers be? Just lying on the ground? If indeed, the previous efforts for cable management is wasted. Just with a cabinet or a server rack, you can solve the problem. There are thousands of cabinet for different use, but here we refer to the network patch panel cabinet.

Network Patch Panel Cabinets Introduction

We have wall mount cabinets that has the maximum height of 12U and the normal cabinets standing on the ground that can reach to 45U. Unlike the open frame rack which consists of two or four mounting rails (called posts) without sides or doors, the wall mount cabinet is enclosed by SPCC cold roll steel panels and a glass front door to make its inside visible. The side panels can be removed easily for quick access to equipment and cabling. On the top of the patch panel cabinet, there is a cooling vent to ensure smooth airflow, preventing over-heat in it to further protect equipment. It is designed to house the 19-inch standard that is consistent with most patch panels in FS.COM or non-standard network equipment as well as network accessories. The wall mount cabinet is shipped fully assembled and is ready to mount to the wall.

As for the floor-standing network patch panel cabinet, the ventilation can be naturally achieved as the front door is perforated and the top panel is attached with brush guards to prevent over-heating. It has four casters helping with its move. Top, bottom and back cable access openings provide convenient and multiple cable routing choices to and from the patch panel cabinet.

Layout Inside the Patch Panel Cabinet

We all know that all patch panel are put in the cabinet, be it fiber optic patch panel or Ethernet patch panel. However, the question is whether it is on the front side or back and with the jacks facing in or out?

In most cases, we will start with an empty patch panel cabinet, and then install the devices on its front rails from top to the bottle. First comes the cable manager 1, then follows the patch panel 1, cable manager 2, switch 1, cable manager 3 and switch 2, with all the connectors on the back side of the patch panel cabinet. All gadgets ready, we can go on with the cabling. The patch panel here can be fiber or copper patch panel.

patch panel cabinet

The importance of a patch panel cabinet is no less than that of a tiny screw or a nail. And great attention should be focused on it since the patch panel cabinet can support the other device and prevent them from external damages. A solid and durable patch panel cabinet is necessary, which is actually what FS.COM aims at. There are 9U and 12U, two choices for you to meet different application. To ensure the best performance, 1 bag of nuts and bolts, 1 T-Shaped Lever will be offered for free. And there are so many surprises in the patch panel cabinet that I want to leave it for you to find yourselves. You will find them when installing and using the patch panel cabinet from FS.COM.

Collections of Cable Manager for Rack

Introduction

Long before the born of cable manager, the mess cable management with cables hanging here and there has been a cloud over the data center and server room. How can you realize each smooth and convenient operation on your network application with network cables looking like messy spaghetti? Here we list four common cable managers to simplify your cabling and minimize the trouble during operation.

Different Types of Cable Manager

The following cable managers which you may have heard of or seen before are the most popular types in the market. Each has its unique design and characteristics.

Cable Manager with Brush Strip

The panel is designed to be mounted on any 19in EIA style rack or cabinet and features built-in brush that allows passage of up to 25 cables while blocking airflow, ensuring optimal thermal performance. The steel construction provides durability, resists corrosion, and keeps your rack looking smooth and professional.

cable manager with brush strip

Cable Manager with Finger Duct

The FS.COM finger duct horizontal cable manager is designed with flexible fingers, rear pass-through holes and a removable cover. The soft and durable finger ducts offer proper bend radius and flexible operation of cable management, keeping the structured cabling system unhurt and totally functional.

cable manager with finger duct

Cable Manager with D-rings

The name of D-rings cable manager originates from the fact that five metal D-rings stand vertically on the cable management panel in a good order. Horizontal cable management panels with D Rings are built with steel for strength and durability. Easily route large amounts of cable through robust rings. The D-Rings organize patch cords and maintain a required bend radius. They are available in sizes of 1U and 2U.

cable manager with D-rings

Cable Manager with Bend Radius Finger

This cable manager is equipped with six or five bend radius control fingers, consuming much fewer material. The total length of it is 222mm. Light in weight, this type of bracket can be installed in specific areas of the rack, rather than along its entire height. Moreover, it can be stacked to reach any height(U), so it can be an alternative of higher vertical cable management.

cable manager with bend radius finger

How to Apply Cable Manager

Cable managers often come together with patch panel to make the patch cables in the front side of patch panel more orderly. Generally, in a server rack, the cable can’t either be put solely on cable manager since it is incompetent for termination, or be applied to just a patch panel due to its imperfect cable management. Therefore, to realize the perfect cable management, we need to deploy this couple at the same time. The cables going out from the patch panel have already gone through the management process, but it should go to the next cable manager installed above or below the patch panel, so that the whole cable management can be finished. Additionally, some people will need the further step to bring the cables that are from horizontal cable management to the vertical cable managers standing at the both sides of the cabinet.

Conclusion

Never look down upon cable management, otherwise the cables haphazardly thrown around will be your nightmare. In case it damages the wires and cause other hazards, now it’s time to arrange your cables properly. FS.COM has many kinds of cable managers to help make your life neater!

Ethernet Patch Panel Still Shining on the Market

The patch panel, a significant element in cabling design, has many ports on it. Through these ports, the cables are located elsewhere in your building. Patch panel at present has fiber and copper patch panel(also known as Ethernet patch panel), two choices for us. As we all know, a single fiber optic patch panel is not available to all kinds of fiber cables. The same is to copper patch panels which are classified as Cat5e patch panel, Cat6 patch panel and so on.

CAT5e Ethernet Patch Panel VS. CAT6 Ethernet Patch Panel

Both as the copper patch panel, Cat5e patch panel and Cat6 patch panel don’t have many differences, except that Cat5e patch panel usually works with Cat5e, while Cat6 patch panel can work with both the corresponding Cat6 cable and any earlier generation of Cat cable. The patch panels themselves don’t have many practical differences. However, there is indeed a difference in the wire gauge specified between Cat5e and Cat6. The cat6 wire is thicker in that Cat6 usually has 23 AWG copper conductors compared to only 24 AWG in Cat5e cable.

The 24 port patch panel used for different cables are both welcomed by customers. 24 port cat6 patch panel offered by FS.COM acquires acknowledgments from many customers and IT experts. With easy installation and top-quality performance, the high quality patch panel is designed for Fast Ethernet applications. 24-port Cat5e patch panel is the most popular in the market, which has punch down and feed-through patch panel for customer choice. And when applying patch panels to special environments, for example nearby motors, generators, air conditioners, and even office mainstays such as fluorescent lights and printers, you should carefully consider between shielded and unshielded patch panels.

Shielded Ethernet Patch Panel VS. Unshieleded Ethernet Patch Panel

Shielded and unshielded patch panels are required to match with the shielded and unshielded copper cable applications. Shielded patch panels are designed for high EMI (Electro Magnetic Interference) environments. If the application environments have special requirements for crosstalk and EMI functions, especially when the copper cable runs near power cables then you should choose to use shielded Ethernet cables with shielded patch panels. However, someone may wonder whether they can use unshielded patch panel for shielded cable. To be honest, it depends on the environment in which your cable will run through. If the place has no high power electrical wires, you can go with unshielded patch panel. On the flip side, if you are in a noisy environment like using arc welders or near high power radio transmitters, then you’d better select the shielded one. FS.COM shielded and unshielded patch panels can meet not only 1G network speed, but also 10G network.

For both shielded and unshielded applications, you can find what you need at FS.COM. The port number marked on the FS.COM patch panel provides easy cable identification. The cable manager on the rear side is removable, providing efficient and organized cabling.

Conclusion

CAT5e and CAT6 cables are the most popular Ethernet cables on the market. To create a nicely organized cabling environment, choosing the right patch panel is essential. Sometimes Cat5e, Cat6 or other Ethernet cables need to be managed in a single panel, in this type of situation, the blank keystone patch panels can support mixed cabling with installation of different rj45 insert modules. In addition, you can customize your patch panel according to your specific applications. FS.COM provides a large variety of patch panels and Ethernet cable and also presents a selection of cable managers to help you create your ideal cabling network. For more details, please visit our website.

Come to the New Tool of Horizontal Cable Management

Horizontal Cable Management Review

As one of the important tools in horizontal cable management and the assist of fiber panel, the horizontal cable manager has been warmly welcomed by the public since its debut. The horizontal cable manager comes in varied types such as brush strip cable manager, finger duct cable manager. And the height of it may vary as the network system demands. The fantastic design horizontal cable manager with finger duct is what we will talk about today.

Horizontal Cable Manager with Finger Duct Overview

The FS.COM finger duct horizontal cable manager is designed with flexible fingers, rear pass-through holes and a removable cover. It can be mounted to standard 19 and server rack and cabinet providing well-organized cabling quickly and easily. 1U and 2U versions are both available at FS.COM. Unique hinge cover allows for easy cable moves,adds and changes to connections, saving time and money. The soft and durable finger ducts offer proper bend radius and flexible operation of cable management. 2U version increases more space for Ethernet cable runs.The two holes on the main plate allow for front-to-back or back-to-front cable runs. The finger ducts can be used for both upside and downside cable management. Simplify network maintenance and cost, as well as support future growth and cabling demands.

horizontal cable management tool

How the Finger Duct Horizontal Cable Manager Works?

Take 1U finger duct horizontal cable manager as an example, it can be mounted above or below the fiber optic patch panel, with the hinge cover side facing towards us. Open the cover and 12 gaps between 11 finger ducts. The cable is inserted into the above patch panel, and then 2 cables share a same gap. The left 6 couples of cables are all combed to the left vertical cable manager, and the right 6 to the right horizontal cable manager. The two holes on the back of the cable manager are designed for the cables inserted to the below patch panel. The procedure is all the same with the front cabling.With all the cables in their position, you can load the cover.

Vertical and Horizontal Cable Manager

Vertical cable manager is standing vertically on both sides of the cabinet, while the horizontal one is mounted in the cabinet. In addition, whatever the height of the cabinet is, the vertical cable manager can satisfy your needs by mounted with each other. You can choose them according to your actual needs. However, the combination of them shown in the video is no doubt the optimum option. The more detailed information of the two cable managers:Horizontal and Vertical Cable Management At a Glance

This cable manager with finger duct is an optimum option for your horizontal cable management. Get it to protect your equipment, improve the appearance and accessibility of your rack. I am sure you will be content on its hassle-free compatibility with your rack. Any question or puzzle is expected to be asked immediately. With your recommendations, we can go further and grow faster. And also, we sincerely hope that with our products and service, you can gain in both work and life.

FHX Fiber Optic Enclosure With Distinct Features

As is known to all, an ordinary 1U fiber optic enclosure can contain at most 96 fibers. As a result, the more fibers you want, the higher enclosures like 2U and 4U you should choose. Given this, we have fixed our eyes on the hot issue and eventually launched the FHX fiber optic enclosure.

About FHX Fiber Optic Enclosure

FHX fiber optic enclosure, the high density rack mount fiber patch panel, easily supports today’s advanced data center environments, while providing fast, seamless migration to 40/100G. Though FHX fiber optic enclosure also adopts a 1U rack mountable design, it can house up to 144 duplex LC ports. What’s more, a fully loaded FHX fiber optic enclosure holds 12 12-fiber MTP-LC cassettes, 12 FHX fiber adapter panels (FAPs) or 18 8-fiber MTP-LC cassettes.
Compared with traditional cable management devices that waste time, cause downtime and impede growth, the FHX fiber optic enclosure allows managers to use rack space more efficiently, and helps with ventilation while reduces heat. In short, it can meet the demand for high-density cabling in today’s data centers and simplify cable management while helping you maximize your return on assets and minimize downtime.

FHX fiber enclosure

Practical Cabling Solutions of FHX Fiber Optic Enclosure

FS.COM 1U FHX ultra high density fiber optic enclosure usually contains three sliding trays that each can accommodate 4 or 6 modules, which optimize space utilization. Moreover, the trays coming with slide and lock capabilities greatly simplify connection management. Each of the split tray operates independently, keeping disruption at minimum. We can either put adapter panels or fiber cassette on the trays to further help the cabling solution. When it comes to adapter panels, the 1U FHX fiber adapter panels can hold up to 12 fiber adapter panels to provide a means to connect backbone-to-backbone or backbone-to-horizontal fiber cabling. When mounted with FHX cassettes, the FHX fiber optic enclosure is ideal to deploy a Base-8 connectivity solution for use in main, horizontal and equipment distribution areas. The FHX MTP-8 cassette is a kind of fiber optic cassette module that can convert a single lane of parallel optic signals into 4 discrete duplex LC channels, which is the optimum choice to be mounted into FHX fiber optic enclosure for high-density cabling in data centers, for the fact that the FHX ultra high-density rack mount fiber optic enclosure can hold up to 144 fibers in 1U space. With LC adapters on its front side and MTP adapters on the rear side, the fiber optic cassette can upgrade existing LC links to SR4 parallel optics by taking fully advantage of the fibers inside the cable.

Conclusion

To sum up, capable of accommodating up to 144 fibers in a rack unit, the FHX fiber optic enclosure serves as the best fit for space-constrained installations. Also, the improved mounting brackets of this enclosure enables depth adjustment in the rack. For more information on the FHX rack mount fiber optic enclosure, contact customer service or call the hotline: 4008-652-852.

Horizontal and Vertical Cable Management At a Glance

When the fiber patch panel is loaded with cables, your cabling is almost finished with the core elements all ready. You can achieve fast and smooth Ethernet connectivity. But turning around, you may find a mess caused and left by the installation. The slack cables without careful comb are hung casually, resulting in a sloppy look just like the noddles being stirred. If we have a look at an expert, it is common to find that they all manage their cables in a good order. And today, we will reveal the secret of the marvelous layout — horizontal and vertical cable management.

Horizontal and Vertical Cable Management

When you try to simulate others’ cabling system, you will inevitably find that the cable management comes in two varieties, horizontal and vertical. When installing cables in a fiber enclosure, you will undoubtedly have to run them both vertically and horizontally. The best solution for this cabling is to run all the cables horizontally from the server directly to the vertical cable management rack.
With these two solutions, you can gain many benefits like enhanced availability through reduced downtime, and improved system performance through reduced crosstalk and interference. We all know that crosstalk is harmful and will damage more or less the data transmission. What’s more, it enables us easier and safer access to individual components so as to achieve improved maintenance and serviceability. And the moves, adds and changes will be simplified.

horizontal and vertical cable management

Horizontal and Vertical Cable Manager

With horizontal cable managers, the cables from equipment in racks can be routed neatly and properly and away from damage. If you are using flat-faced patch panels or network switches form which cables come above or below, horizontal cable manager will complete the support pathway for patch cords between the cabling section and the exact connection point (port) on the patch panel or switch. Alternately, horizontal management can be used to create rack-to-rack pathways for patch cords. The FS.COM finger duct horizontal cable manager is designed with flexible fingers, rear pass-through holes and a removable cover. It can be mounted to standard 19 and server racks and cabinets providing well-organized cabling quickly and easily. 1U and 2U versions are both available at FS.COM.

horizontal cable management

Vertical cable manager just as seen in the below image, utilizes the additional space at the both sides of the cabinet to manage the slack from patch cords, and make sure that they can easily route the largest cable diameter in your plan. For static environments, you can consider installing another vertical cable manager behind the racks, which does not block access to components in the space between the racks. Vertical racks can be also installed under a desk or against a wall and accommodate networking equipment up to 4 RU. Its dual sided fingers enable both front and back well-organized cabling.

vertical cable management

Conclusion

With horizontal and/or vertical cable managers, the human errors which may be committed previously due to the confusion of a mess of cables can be easily prevented in horizontal and vertical cable management. Once you have to deal with fiber and copper cables at the same time, apart from our multimedia modular panel, FS.COM cable managers can be used to house and organize fiber and copper cabling while keeping separation between the two.

Fiber Optic Patch Panel Best Practices

The fiber optic patch panel, one type of the patch panels, is getting more popular with many expertise and customers getting to use it. It rides the waves of the optic product and meets appropriately our demands. As the fiber is fed through a coupler, the fiber patch panels are a lot easier to install and no hardwiring is needed.

What Is a Fiber Optic Patch Panel?

Fiber optic patch panel, also known as fiber distribution panel, serves as a convenient place to terminate all the fiber optic cable running from different rooms into the wiring closet and provides connection access to the cable’s individual fibers. Fiber patch panels are termination units, which are designed with a secure, organized chamber for housing connectors and splice units. Fiber patch panels are available in rack mounted or wall mounted and are usually placed close to terminating equipment (within patch cable reach). Both types can house, organize, manage and protect fiber optic cable, splices and connectors. Rack mount panels also come in flat and angled versions.

fiber patch panel

Why We Use Fiber Optic Patch Panel to Manage Cables?

Of course, if we skip it and just connect all cables directly into the hub, then we will miss the following advantages:

You can label the patch panel so you know which room the cable run goes to. Putting the labels on the cables is tougher to read than labels on a patch panel and there is also a risk of falling off. Having patch panel will become very handy and achieve neat cabling.

Best Practices in the Installation of a Fiber Patch Panel

In this part, we will use a 12 port rack mount fiber optic patch panel as an example. And the main body can be divided into 3 parts, namely cable preparation, splicing, and patch cable installation.

First, prepare fiber optic cable or blown tube as required and secure the network cable to the rear of the panel by using cable ties. For the easy operation, we need to unscrew and remove the splice tray. In addition, we need to cut the cable jacket off to punch down but avoid excess to limit crosstalk or damage. Then, splice input fibers onto the pigtails or field terminate connectors as applicable. Finally, put the cables in the panel form its back. Remove the protective covers of both the adapter and the connector and clean the connectors and place them in the adapters.

Conclusion

In a few words, a fiber optic patch panel gives you a very good cabling organization. The better cable management can spare you a lot of energy and time in case that you do trivial things. Though many people view it as a waste, I believe that everything has its meaning to exist in the world. What matters most is whether you can take advantage of it and apply it to the situation where it is actually needed.