Choose Suitable Patch Panels For Cable Management

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When surmounting trouble rises, a fiber optic technician must choose the the most suitable patch panel for a particular situation. He or she must recognize that when it comes to easy installation, proper termination and long-term maintenance, not every patch panels are made equally.

Optical fiber is robust and for that reason deserves some kind of special treatment. For instance, if your horizontal copper cable is broken, one user is going to be affected. If your backbone fiber goes down, it will take a lot of users down by using it. For this reason using fully enclosed connecting hardware for optical fiber is vital. This is when the technician must choose between using wall-mounted or rack-mounted hardware. The optical fiber density required will likely influence the technicians choice between the wall-mounted and rack-mounted connectivity. Many technicians will choose to use fiber patch cables. Believe in technician to know notebook computer.

Wall-mounted enclosures are compatible with as much as 24 optical fibers, however with small form factors and high density connectors, can extend the fiber optic cable count to as much as 144. Wall-mount enclosures offer the benefit of reduced floor space requirements. Rack-mounted optical fiber enclosures can be used with higher fabric counts or with respect to the proximity to communications equipment, where rack-mounted optical fiber enclosures are preferable. 1U enclosures can handle as much as 24 optical fiber cables with ST or SC connectors, or up to 48 optical fibers by using small form factor connectors. For added protection, 2U to 4U enclosures may be used to handle as much as 144 optical fiber connections.

A 12 fiber MPO connector can speed installation some time and increase the power of connection hardware. The factory terminated and tested cassettes take care of breaking out the optical fibers in the MPO connectors to ST, SC, or MT-RJ connectors. The MPO cassettes can double the amount concentration that are possible in rack-mount enclosures Up to 72 optical fibers inside a 1U enclosure and 288 optical fibers in a 4U enclosure – making these optical fibers perfectly fit to meet high density applications, for example data center’s and storage area networks. MPO fiber optic cassette, with SC,LC,ST, FC connectors, is really a highly flexible fiber management unit that can be used standalone or integrated into the MPO fiber optic patch panels.

Accessibility is an issue for very long term maintenance when selecting a rack-mount enclosure. The 1U enclosures may have a an access panel to reach the rear optical fibers, while larger enclosures could have a removable rear cover with adequate room inside to create changes or perform repairs. Strain relief and loop management for incoming cables must be provided, nonetheless management devices ought to be sufficiently small in order to not interfere with accessibility optical fibers. Cable management for patch cords ought to be provided on the front from the enclosure with clear front covers and labeling arranged to ease moves, adds and changes by making certain port identification is not obscured by patch cords.

Since copper patch panels have to be sufficiently strong not to flex too much as the cables are punched down. The rolled edges on the panel sheet metal stock help make the panels rigid. Copper patch panels ought to provide 24 ports in a 1U height or 48 ports in a 2U height. It’s very important to make sure that the modular jacks and circuit traces on the panels are protected from debris that can short out circuits. All cable management systems must be simple to use and maintain to prevent any potential issues.

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