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Does Cat6 on Cat5e Patch Panel or Cat5e on Cat6 Patch Panel Work?

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In the market, there exist both Cat5e patch panel and Cat6 patch panel. We know that Cat5e patch panels are meant to be used with Cat5e cable, and Cat6 patch panels are meant to be used with Cat6 cable, but what’s the difference between Cat5e and Cat6 patch panels? Can I use Cat6 cable on Cat5e patch panels or can I use Cat5e cable on Cat6 patch panels? Answers will be provided in this blog.

Cat6 on Cat5e Patch Panel

Can I Use Cat6 on Cat5e Patch Panel?

There isn’t much practical difference in the patch panels themselves. There is a difference in the wire gauge specified between Cat5e and Cat6. The cat6 wire is thicker. Cat6 usually has 23 AWG copper conductors compared to only 24 AWG in Cat5e cable. Another factor making Cat6 a larger wire than Cat5e is the fact that between each of the four pairs in a Cat6 cable there is a spline that will separate each pair from one another. Separating the pairs helps reduce cross-talk between the pairs and gives you a better signal. However, this spline also increases the diameter of the cable. Regardless of the size difference in Cat5e vs Cat6, the fact was that Cat6 cable is backward compatible with Cat5e. Yes, Cat6 is often times a larger cable, but this in no way affects its use with Cat5e patch panels. Feel free to use Cat5e patch panels if you already have them. You can always upgrade them later.

Can I Use Cat5e on Cat6 Patch Panel?

In addition to using Cat6 on Cat5e patch panel, we may also across some situations where we want to use Cat5e on a Cat6 patch panel. According to the passage above, we know that Cat6 cable is thicker than Cat5e, so if I use Cat5e on a Cat6 patch panel, will it be too loose? Although Cat6 individual twisted pairs insulation is usually thicker than Cat5e, this is usually never a problem with termination, only with how many cables you can stuff through a piece of conduit. So, will a Cat5e cable be “looser” terminated on a Cat6 jack, slightly yes, but electrically it will still make contact and work fine. But you should mind that your cabling channel will default to the lowest Catx component. Even though the patch panel says Cat6, with Cat5e cables you should only expect Cat5e performance on those jacks.

Conclusion

When punching down Cat5e wire on a Cat6, the Cat5e wire is enough smaller that it is possible to get what looks like a good punch, but the insulation on the wire is not actually penetrated or is only partially penetrated by the vampire jaw of the punch block. When punching down Cat6 wire on a Cat5e panel, the larger wire can end up bending or even breaking the vampire jaws on the punch down block. In both cases, using care and testing each connection, you can usually make it work. If you’re just doing one panel at home you are probably OK. Although it can both work well, we don’t recommend to do like this. Use the Cat5e on Cat5e patch panel and Cat6 on Cat6 patch panel will get the best performance. FS.COM provide both high-density Cat5e patch panels for Fast Enthernet applications and Cat6 patch panels for 1-Gigabit Enthernet applications. Easy to management and conserves data centers rack space. For more information, please visit www.fs.com.

High Density Rack Mount Fiber Patch Panel for Fiber Adapter Panels and MTP Cassettes

When you’re dealing with fiber optic patch cables in your network, whether your installation is small or large, simple or complex, your fiber patch cables have to terminate somewhere, so make sure you’ve got the right fiber patch panel solution designed specially to protect them. As we know, fiber patch panels are either for patching or splicing applications. For patching fiber patch panel, which can hold either fiber adapter panels (FAPs) or MTP cassettes. Usually a standard 1RU rack mount fiber patch panel can hold 3 LGX FAPs or cassettes, however, a high density 1RU rack mount fiber patch panel can hold 4 HD FAPs or cassettes, which efficiently optimize space utilization and save more cost in rack cable management.

fiber-enclosures

Fiberstore’s FHD series high density rack mount fiber patch panel, including 1RU (FHD-1UFCE), 2RU (FHD-2UFCE) and 4RU (FHD-4UFCE) types, are designed to hold both FAPs and cassettes and can easily mount in EIA 19-inch racks or cabinets, which provide a comprehensive line of fiber distribution enclosures that provide a high density flexible and modular system for managing fiber terminations, connections, and patching in data center application to maximizing rack space utilization and minimizing floor space.

FHD-1UFCE—High Density 1RU Rack Mount Fiber Patch Panel

FHD-1UFCE is an unloaded 1RU rack mount fiber patch panel that can support either 4 FHD fiber adapter panels or 4 FHD MTP modular cassettes, up to 96 fibers. Inside the fiber patch panel, you can install either slack spools or splice trays for patching applications or splicing applications, which provides a complete system solutions for connectivity. As shown in the figure below, its size is 44.4mm(H)x483mm(W)x457.8mm(D). Besides the FHD-1UFCE, we also provide pre-loaded 4 FHD fiber adapter panels fiber patch panel.

High Density 1RU Rack Mount Fiber Enclosures

  • Related FHD Adapter Panel & FHD MTP Modular Cassette Size

Fiber Adapter Panels and MTP Cassettes

FHD-2UFCE—High Density 2RU Rack Mount Fiber Patch Panel 

FHD-2UFCE is an unloaded 2RU rack mount fiber patch panel that can support either 8 FHD fiber adapter panels or 8 FHD MTP modular cassettes, up to 192 fibers. Inside the fiber patch panel, you can also install either slack spools or splice trays for patching applications or splicing applications, which provides higher patch field density in fewer rack units saving valuable space. As shown in the figure below, its size is 88.4mm(H)x447mm(W)x414mm(D).

High Density 2RU Rack Mount Fiber Enclosures

FHD-4UFCE—High Density 4RU Rack Mount Fiber Patch Panel

FHD-4UFCE is an unloaded 4RU rack mount fiber patch panel that can support either 12 FHD fiber adapter panels or 12 FHD MTP modular cassettes, up to 228 fibers. Splice tray, cable management loops and slack spools accessories of FHD-4UFCE are simple, which assures flexibility and ease of network deployment and moves, adds, and changes. As shown in the figure below, its size is 177mm(H)x447mm(W)x414mm(D).

High Density 4RU Rack Mount Fiber Enclosures

No matter where your cabling is, or what function you need your fiber patch panel to deliver, FS.COM has the ideal fiber patch panel solution. Our fiber patch panels are available in any configuration and feature industry-leading port density. Both rack mount and wall mount fiber patch panel for single-mode and multimode applications are available. All fiber patch panels are highly adaptable and easy-to-configure design, holding FAP Adapter Panels or MTP Cassette with superior cable management, port identification, fiber accessibility and security.

How to Choose the Right Rack Mount Fiber Enclosures?

Fiber enclosure can provide easy-to-manage cabling environments and strong protection for fiber optic cables. Since more and more cables used in today’s data centers, high-density cable management tools also become more popular and essential than before. However, there are so many fiber enclosure manufacturers and suppliers, and the rack mount fiber enclosures supplied therefore available in different sizes and applications. How to choose the rack mount fiber enclosures for your network?

Rack Mount Enclosures Configurations
The rack mount fiber enclosure is generally made for standard 19 inch rack mounting. Depending on the number of connections required, they are available in one or more rack units (RU) height configurations, such as 1RU, 2RU or 4RU, etc. See the picture below, you should choose the most proper one depending on the space and port requirement of your network.

fiber enclosures

Rack Mount Enclosures Mount Types
1RU rack mount fiber enclosures are the most commonly used size in data center server racks cable management. For convenient installation and cable management, there are cover removable, slide-out and swing-out three mount types fiber enclosures to choose from. The cover removable type is an early type of fiber enclosures. If your budget is sufficient, I will recommend you to use the slide-out type or swing-out type though they are more expensive than the cover removable type. But you may get more benefits during installation and maintenance, as they respectively feature a convenient slide-out support tray and an integrated swing-out tray so that you don’t need to remove the whole enclosure from the rack to gain internal access.

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Rack Mount Fiber Enclosures Applications
Fiber enclosure has various designs and applications. There are mainly three ways to use the fiber enclosures, which are depended on the accessories that are installed on the fiber enclosure. The following will take a slide-out 1RU rack mount fiber enclosure as example to illustrate the applications of the fiber enclosures in data center. Installed with splice trays, fiber adapter panels and MTP cassettes separately, fiber enclosure can provide cabling environment for different connections.

Application 1: Installing splice tray and FAPs
Installing four fiber adapter panels on the front panel and one or more splicing trays inside the enclosure drawer. This fiber enclosure can provide cable management and protection for splicing joints and connections.

splice tray and fiber adapter panels
Application 2: Installing Spools and FAPs
Installing two spools on the enclosure drawer and four FAPs on the front panel, this fiber enclosure can provide flexible high density cabling for fiber patch cables.

Spools and fiber adapter panels
Application 3: Installing HD MTP Cassettes
Up to four MTP Cassettes can be installed in this 1U fiber enclosure, which can provide 40G/100G to 10G high cabling density and easy transferring from MTP interface to LC interface.

MTP Cassettes

Conclusion
After reading the passage, we know that rack mount fiber enclosures may be available in different sizes, mount types and applications. Thus to choose a right fiber enclosure seems not a simple thing. FS.COM offers a wide range of rack mount enclosures, as well as custom service, which can help address all kinds of your requirements. For more details, please contact us via sales@fs.com or call 24/7 Customer Service: 1 (718) 577 1006.

Related Article: Upgrade to 40G / 100G Networks with High-Density Fiber Enclosures

Why Not Use Cable Lacing Bars to Manage Your Messy Cables?

Cable lacing bars, also called lacer bars, consist of a metal bar that mounts to the rear of a standard 19″ rack or cabinet, behind a patch panel. These bars provide support and management of cables that are secured to the bar with cable ties or adjustable clips. Each cable lacing bar occupies 1/3 to 2/3 of a rack space and can secure and manage up to 24 cables in 1 RU. They are usually used to support and manage cables in telecommunication rooms, which provide strain relief, bend radius control, superior aesthetics and improve organisation and routing of cable.

cable lacing bars

How to Use the Cable Lacing Bars?
In fact, the process of installing a cable lacing bar is very easy. As shown in the figure below, we only need to install the cable lacing bar to the rack firstly, and then use the cable tie to fix the cables to the cable lacing bar.

lacing bars

Which Type Cable Lacing Bars Should I Choose?
In order to meet different cabling management needs, there are also many different cable lacing bars available in the market. Below some common cable lacing bars are listed, and you can choose the right one for your network according to your specific cabling environment.
1. Round Lacer Bars
Use the 1RU round lacer bar when a small profile is required and for lacing small or individual horizontal cable runs. 1/4” diameter rod with flattened ends.

Round Lacer Bars
2. Rectangular Lacer Bars
Use the 1RU aluminum lacer bar when lacing cables vertically or horizontally. Aluminum construction provides the ability to drill holes to attach tie saddles, mount electrical boxes, etc. This lacer bar can also be used to support the rear of equipment. 1/4” diameter rod with flattened ends.

Rectangular Lacer Bars
3. L-Shaped Lacer Bars
“L” shaped lacer bars are strong and provide fixed tie points. Recommended for larger runs of cable. They are available in 2”, 4” and 6” offset. Choose the appropriate offset bar based on the distance from the rear of equipment to the rack rail.

L-Shaped Lacer Bars
4. Round Lacer Bars with Offset
Use the round lacer bar with offset when lacing small bundles or individual cables off the rear of equipment, patch panels and other components to relieve cable stress from the connections. They are available in 1.5” offset and 4” offset respectively (figure below). Choose the appropriate offset based on the distance from the rear of equipment to the rack rail. 1/4” diameter rod with flattened ends.

Round Lacer Bars with Offset
5. 90º Bend Lacer Bars
These 90° bend offset lacer bars are similar to other offset round lacer bars, but feature 90° bends to provide full-width support. Can also be used to provide clearance around components that extend past the rear rack rail (16-5/8” open width). 1/4” diameter rod with flattened ends.

90º Bend Lacer Bars
6. Horizontal Lacer Panel
Use the horizontal lacer panel for lacing large amounts of cable or mounting devices. Two rack space high, the horizontal lacer panel features a large flange, numerous cable tie points and more surface for mounting.

Horizontal Lacer Panel

Cable lacing bars are a useful and cost effective cable management solution for rack or enclosure systems. These bars are essential in helping avoid cable strain especially when trying to run cables from one side of the enclosure to the other. FS.COM offers a full line of cable lacing bars to fit a variety of applications offering end users flexibility and convenience to prevent cable strain. Higher density applications may be addressed with FS.COM cable manager.

Upgrade to 40G / 100G Networks with High-Density Fiber Enclosures

1The migration to 40G/100G networks will drive a number of changes within the data center and pave the way for the ever-increasing bandwidth needs of cloud computing, web services and virtualized applications. At the top of the list of these changes is the considerable challenge of cabling and cable management in a high-density computing environment. As we know, the cable plant for 40G/100G is different from 10G networks, leading to an overabundance of fan-out cables with different legs and connectors to meet the needs of devices of varying speeds. Without some type of convenient patching solution, the result will be a cluster of cables that make it difficult to install, maintain and upgrade network equipment.

High-density fiber enclosures can connect different generations of equipment such as 10Gb, 40Gb and 100Gb in a simple panel-cassette system. No tools are required to install the cassette in the panel enclosure. Each cassette features factory terminated connectors that reduce the time and labor required of field connector terminations. In a word, high-density fiber enclosures can simplify cabling systems for your data center projects and make your fiber systems easy to order and easy to install.

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How Does It Work?
There are 4 MTP HD cassettes loaded into a rack enclosure. It consolidates all the high-bandwidth connections to a single point. Then, you can simply patch the 40G MTP cables at the back and the standard LC cables to devices in the front of the cassette. Every MTP HD cassette is loaded with 12 LC duplex connector on the front side and 2 MTP-12 connector at the rear. Then the high-density fiber enclosure is loaded with 48 LC duplex (96 fibers) connector on the front side and 8 MTP-12 connector at the rear. As a result, you can achieve 320G in a 1 1RU rack mount, which provides the highest fiber densities and port counts in the industry contributing to maximizing rack space utilization and minimizing floor space. Without this solution, the IT staff would have to pull a new fan-out cable each time they needed a new connection. Modular cassettes allow you to expand as you need to accommodate the necessary bandwidth and connectors.

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FS.COM High-Density Fiber Enclosure Solution is ideal  for consolidating dozens of fiber cable runs into an easy and manageable, high-density, patching system. It’s easy to manage, easy to grow as your needs expand, and most importantly, easy to convert when you add 40/100G switches, giving you the flexibility to adapt as your technology changes.

Why Demand for Ultra High Density Fiber Optic Enclosures?

Ultra High Density Fiber Optic EnclosureIncreased demand for data to support streaming media and the increased use of mobile broadband communications has resulted in dramatic advances in network switching infrastructure over the past 10 years. Furthermore, this demand is expected to continue at a record pace. Since the transition from copper to fiber as the defacto standard for high performance data communications and the number of fibers used to support emerging standards, such as 100GBit/s Ethernet, for the individual connection has increased, to choose a higher density fiber connectivity is certainly innate.

Currently network switching products are available with port line cards that use more than 1,000 OM3/OM4 fibers per chassis switch for 10G duplex fiber applications. Future 40/100Gb switches are projected to use more than 4,000 fibers per chassis where parallel optics is used. These high fiber count requirements demand high-density cable and hardware solutions that will reduce the overall footprint and simplify cable management and connections to the electronics.

Fiberstore’s new FMT1-4FAP-LCDX series product allows customers to migrate from a standard 2U fiber enclosure that will house 3 adapter panels for a maximum of 72 LC connectors to our new 96 ports fiber optic enclosures that will hold 4 adapter panels in a 1U space allowing a maximum of 96 LC connectors! This gives users 33% (or 24 more) more LC connections in a 1U enclosure versus a 2U enclosure.

96 Ports Fiber Optic Enclosure

Besides, you can get more density by utilizing our MPO/MTP to LC cassette module. Our HDSM-12MTP/MPO rack mountable MTP cassette is loaded with 72 LC duplex connectors, giving it 144 ports total within 1U of rack space. And this 1U enclosures can be mounted vertically so you can match every blade in the switch to each enclosure. This high-density MTP cassette is constructed of light weight, yet durable, rolled steel. The shallow depth of the Ultra Panel makes it suitable for copper racking systems or telecommunication rack infrastructure.

144 Ports Fiber Optic Enclosure

With the rise in demand for higher bandwidth and faster download speeds, Fiberstore’s high-density options were designed to keep pace with these requirements. In addition, both of these unique product lines offer installers easy terminations, and performance-driven connectivity. Couple that with FS.COM’s proven fiber optic cable, in particular our HD push-pull tab patch cables, customers can expect an exceptional solution to fit their high-density needs.

Video Patch Panel With Patch Cable

The jacks commonly used in patch panels in the U.S. conform to Western Electric standard dimensions. The number of insertion cycles a jack can endure should be rated in the tens of thousands. The factors affecting the life and reliablility of a jack include contact wear and failure of the termination switch. Descirable features include the following:

● Contacts fully isolated from the panel.
● Sealed metal housing to keep out contaminants and provide EMI protection.
● Easy replacement from the front of the panel.
● Low VSWR (below 600 MHz)
● High signal isolation (40 dB)
● 75 Ω characteristic impedance.
● Wide designation strips, making it easier to label the field and to allow more flexibility in selecting names that will fit on the lables.

If a patch cable is inserted in the signal path of a timed video system, it will delay the signal by an amount determined by its length and physical properties. The patch thereby alters the timing of the signal path. This can be avoided by using phase-matched normal-through fiber patch panels. The design of these patch panels anticipates the delay caused by a fixed length of patch cable by including that length in the loop-through circuit.

With phase-matched panels, the normaling connection in each connector module includes a length of cable that provides a fixed delay through the panel, usually 3 ft (0.914m). If a patch cord of the same length as the internal cable is used to make connections between patch points, the delay will be the same as that of the normal-through panel. When a fiber optic patch cord is plugged in, it is substituted for the loop cable through the swiching mechanism normally used in normalled patch conncetors. Thus, critical timing relationships can be maintained. Figure 6.21 shows a phase-matched patch panel.

In a normal uncompensated patch panel, when a cable is used to patch between two points on the panel, the length of the patch cord is added to that of the cables connected to the patch. The additional cable length delays the signal by approximately 1.52 ns/ft (5 ns/m). To avoid the delay probles associated with conventional patch panels, phase-matched normal-through video patch panels should be used.

If phase-matched patch panels are used, all of the patch cord must be the same length as the delay built into the patch panel. Obviously, if all of the patch cords must be the same short length for the phase-matched panel, it would not be possible to patch between panels that are separated by a longer distance than the cord can reach. This limitation should be considered when laying out patch panels in a rack.

Color-coded cables can be specified. When different-length patch cords are specified, different colors can be used to distinguish one length from another.

Fiberstore specializes in fiber optic patch cable assemblies and fiber optic network devices manufacturing since 1995, we are known as the fiber optic cable manufacturer for the excellent products quality, competitive prices, fast delivery and good service.  Our fiber optic cables are available with combinations of LC, SC, ST, FC, and MTRJ connectors and come in 1, 2, 3, 5, and 10 meter lengths (and OM3 cables up to 30 meters).  We offer LC fiber optic cable, SC fiber optic patch cables, SC LC fiber patch cable ect. We not only offer OEM fiber optic patch cord assemblies to some world leading companies in this industry, but we also cooperate with many other companies from all over the world and support these partners to win in the market.

Punch-Down Blocks and Patch Panels

The cable runs in a structured cabling environment terminate in a punch-down block, which is usually a 66-block or a 110-block, or BIX- or Krone-style blocks, “Cabling System Connections and Termination.” The 110-block is most commonly used for voice and data cabling termination, although you will find many installations that use a 110-block for termianation voice systems and patch panels for terminating data systems. Punch-down block termination provides a cross-connect from one cable set to another, allowing for easier moves, adds, and changes (MACs) as the need arises.

A punch-down block is mounted to a backboard, which is usually made of plywood and secured to the wall of a TC. If you install cabling on more than floor, each floor must have a separate punch-down block with terminations for the cable drops from the higher floors. Backbone cables should be installed with 10-foot service coils at the termination points, which are commonly located on the backboard in the closet. Figure 1 illustrates a typical TC.

Install patch cables from the punch-down block to a patch panel. The purpose of the patch panel is to connect the backbone system to networking equipment such as a hub or router. End-user equipment, which includes workstations, network printers and scanners, and other shared electronic equipment, generally connect to a hub (also called a concentrator) or router via RJ-45 cable jacks or outlets.

There are pros and cons to using cross-connect blocks. They offer higher densities and require less space than patch panels, and also are less expensive. On the other hand, they are the least friendly for making moves, additions, and changes to the configuration. Skill is involved in removing and rea-ranging cables. When using patch panels, almost anyone can rearrange the system. In both situations security, ease of attachment, expense, and physical space are all considerations.

Fiber optic patch panels are commonly use fiber optic management unit. When you install and manage the fiber optic links, you may encounter hundreds or even thousands of fiber optic cables and cable connections, fiber optic management products are used to offer space and protection for the fiber cables and cable links, and they make it easier for the management and troubleshoot work. Our fiber optic patch panels are all sliding type, they are compatible to use with equipment and cable assembly products from other companies. Now you can see the two products from our store. They are SC fiber patch panel, 24 Port Fiber Patch Panel.

12 port  OS1/2 9μm Duplex Plastic SC Fiber Patch Panel

SC Fiber Patch Panel

Features of FS001 SERIES MOLDED

● Compatible with Leviton fiber adapter panels
● Adapter panels offered in LC, SC, ST, and blank styles, fit for all Opt-X rack-mount and wall-mount enclosures and VertiGO® panels
● Equipped with plastic dust caps to make connecting panels tool-free and efficient
● Integrated couplers eliminate “rattle” and loose fit
● Captive push-lock pins allow for quick tool-less installationCaptive push-lock pins allow for quick tool-less installation
● Exceeds optical performance standards and meets all other applicable standards

12 pack LC Duplex 24 Port Fiber Patch Panel Blue

24 port fiber patch panel

● Compatible with BlackBox Fiber Adapter Panel
● Adapter panels snap easily into all standard fiber enclosures, cabinets, and patch panels, including all Black Box® models.
● High-density panels with ST or LC connectors are available.
● Easy way to patch fiber cables to termination enclosures

We supply many fiber ptic patch panels. They are with types to fit from 12 fibers to 72 fiber management demand. These fiber optic patch panels are with optional various kinds of fiber optic adapters and fiber optic pigtails, types including SC, LC, ST, FC, MU, E2000, etc.  We have a number of different customizable options available to fit whatever application you require. With products compatible for trusted brands including Black Box, Wirewerks, Mr-technologies, Corning, Leviton, Panduit Opticom adapter pannel and more.

Splicing enclosures and Cable terminations

The splicing trays are not designed to be left in the open environment and must be placed in some type of enclosure. The enclosure that is used will depend on the application. The following are examples of some enclosures used for splicing trays.

●Direct buried cylinders: At an intermediate point where two cables are joined to continue a cable run, the splices can be directly buried by placing the splice trays in a tightly sealed cylindrical enclosure that is generally made from heavy duty plastic or aluminum. The container is completely sealed from moisture ingress and contains deiccant packs to remove any moisture that may get in. A typical direct buried cylinder is illustrated in Figure 1. Note that the cables normally enter the enclosure at one end only to allow the enclosure to be the lifed from the ground for easier splicing access.

direct buried splicing enclosure
●Termination cabinets: At junction points where a lot of cables meet, the splicing trays are stored in a larger wall-mounted cable (approximately 500 × 100 mm) with a hinged door. For outdoor use, the cabinets must be sealed against had weather conditions. Figure 2 illustrates a splicing tray in a termination cabinet.
●Patch panels and distribution frames: Splice trays can be installed in the back of patch panels and distribution frames used for connection of patch cords to the main incoming cable.

Termination in patch panels and distribution frames

There are three main methods of connecting an incoming cable into a patch panel or distribution frame. Firstly, if the incoming cable contains fibers that have a large minimum bending radius, then it is recommended to splice each fiber to a fiber patch cord that has a smaller bending radius. This reduces undue stress on the incoming fibers but does ingtroduce small losses into the link. This also replaces the more fragile glass of the incoming cable with the more flexible and stronger glass of the patch cords. This is illustrated in Figure 2.

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The sencond method is to place the fibers from the incoming cable into a breakout unit. The breakout unit separates the fibers and allows a plastic tube to be fitted over the incoming fibers to provide protection and strength as they are fed to the front of the patch panel. Note there are no splices, which therefore keep losses to a minimum.

If the incoming cable contains tight buffered fibers that are flexible and strong, then they can be taken directly to the front of the patch panel. This is referred to as direct termination. Now next we will introduce you three related products, 12 port fiber patch panel, 16 port patch panel, SC fiber patch panel.

12 port Fiber Patch Panel

With this LC 12 port fiber patch panel, you can easily make one rack unit support your multimode fiber applications. There is no work that needs to be done other than plugging it in and letting it play. There is no cutting, polishing, or terminating.

16 port patch panel

LC/LC 16 port patch panel provides efficient and easy management of fiber optic cables in the rack or cabinet. Pre-loaded, feed-thru duplex multimode connectors are mounted on a 16-gauge, cold rolled, black powder coated steel panel. Use with 62.5/125 or 50/125 multimode fiber patch cables.

24 fiber patch panel

LC Multimode 24 port patch panel includes a 1U Fiber Optic Patch Panel loaded with a 24 port Multimode LC Adapter plate and a fiber optic splice tray. Also included is a pack of 60mm splice sleeves and 2 12 packs of Multimode 62.5/125µm LC Fiber Optic Pigtails. This Pre-Loaded 1U Patch Panel comes with three adapter plates for easy expansion without the need to purchase more panels. Any unused adapter plate slots are covered with a blank plate to protect the insides of the patch panel.

We have a number of different customizable options available to fit whatever application you require. With products compatible for trusted brands including Black Box, Wirewerks, Mr-technologies, Corning, Leviton, Panduit Opticom adapter pannel and more. More Cable Solutions problem can cosult our Fiberstore customer service.

Fiber Optic Enclosures In Cabling Systems

Just like copper-based cabling systems, fiber-optic cabling systems have a few specialized components, including enclosures and connectors.

Because laser light is dangerous, the ends of every fiber-optic cable must be encased in some kind of enclosure. The enclosure not only protects humans from laser light but also protects the fiber from damage. Wall plates and patch panels are the two main types of fiber enclosures. We’ll discuss patch panels here.

When most people think about a fiber enclosure, a fiber patch panel comes to mind. It allows connections between different devices to be made and broken at the will of the network administrator. Basically, a bunch of fiber-optic cables will terminate in a patch panel. Then, short fiber-optic patch or interconnect cables are used to make connections between the various cables. Figure 1 shows an example of a 12 port fiber patch panel. Note that dust caps are on all the fiber-optic ports; they prevent dust from getting into the connector and interfering with a proper connection.

12 port patch panel

Patch panels come in many shapes and sizes. Some are mounted on a wall and are known as surface-mount patch panels. Others are mounted in a rack and are called rack-mount patch panels. Each type has its own benefits. Surface mount panels are cheaper and easier to work with, but they can’t hold as many cables and ports. Surface-mount patch panels make good choices for smaller (fewer than 50 drops) cabling installation. Rack-mount panels are more flexible, but they are more expensive. Rack mount patch panels make better choices for larger installations. Patch panels are the main products used in LAN installations today becasue they are extremely cost effective and allow great flexbility when connecting workstations.

In addition to the standard fiber patch panels, a fiber-optic installation may have one or more fiber distribution panels, which are very similar to patch panels in that many cables interconnect ther. However, in a distribution panel, the connections are more permanent. Distributions panels usually have a lock and key to prevent end users from making unauthorized changes. Generally speaking, a patch panel is found wherever fiber optic equipment hubs, swiches, and routers) is found. Distribution panels are found wherever multifiber cables are split out into individual cables. Figure 2, Figure 3 shows example of SC fiber patch panel, 24 port patch panel.

sc fiber patch panel

24 port patch panel

Our wall mounted fiber patch panels accommodate up to 8 modular panels and is equipped with routing guides to limit bend radius and enhance strain-relief control. The 16-gauge steel with corrosion-resistant black powder finish coat housing provides excellent protection for the inside fibers. Wall-mount available unloaded, as well as having the capability to become a full-splice enclosure with mechanical terminations. A large variety of connector adapters are offered to meet your specific requirements. Such as SC, FC, ST, LC, etc, we can also pre-install various kinds of fiber optic pigtails inside the patch panel. We offer a series of changeable inside panels to fit for different kinds of the adaptor interface, and fit for both round and ribbon fiber optic cables.