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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.

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.

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.