Fiber cross connect patch panel, also known as the fiber distribution panel, to terminate the fiber optic cable and provide access to the cable’s individual fibers for cross connection, commonly used for fiber optic management unit. It helps network technicians in minimizing the clutter of wires when setting up fiber optic cables, organize and distribute the optical cables and the branches. They are used to secure the splice units, and connectors.
Benifit From Fiber Patch Panels
The fiber optic patch panels can accommodate connector panels, connectors, fiber optic patch cords, associated trunk cables, and usually come with cable management. With the use of fiber optic patch cables, network technicians can easily connect cable fibers via cross connection, test the patch panel, and connect it to lightwave equipment. These patch panels are also used as a link demarcation point and in labeling the cable’s individual fibers.
Fiber patch panels provide a convenient way to rearrange fiber cable connections and circuits. A simple patch panel is a metal frame containing bushings in which fiber optic cable connectors plug in on either side. One side of the panel is usually fixed, meaning that the fiber cables are not intended to be disconnected. On the other side of the panel, fiber cables can be connected and disconnected to arrange the circuits as required.
A fiber optic patch panel is a built-in unit for fiber optics management. It has an appearance of a box enclosure. However, it does more than just serve as protection to several sets of fibers being used for communications. It can also serve as a mechanism in which you can handle the fibers easily and conveniently to serve your purpose. It is here that you can route fiber optic cables, add connections, or put a stop to its functions just as the ordinary junction box does to your electrical wires. With telephone companies, cable TV and Internet service providers now using fiber optics to deliver services to your home, you may find it necessary to install one of this in your home.
Componets Of Fiber Patch Panel
A fiber patch panel usually is composed of two parts, the compartment that contains fiber adapters (bulkhead receptacles), and the compartment that contains fiber optic splice trays and excess fiber cables. If the entire installation, including the fiber optic hubs, repeaters, or network adapters, uses the same type of fiber optic connectors, then the array can be made of compatible adapters or jacks.
The adaptors on a fiber-optic patch panel can come in a variety of different shapes. In most panels, all of the adapters are of the same type, but if there is more than one type of fiber optic connector used within the network, it may be necessary to get a panel with hybrid adapters. These types of adapters can be used to connect different types of connectors on fiber-optic cables.
There are two types of panels you can have. You can have either a wall-mounted one or a rack panel.
A wall-mounted device, which, in its most basic form, can keep 12 different fibers separate from one another. If the fiber-optic cable has more than 12 fibers, the extra fibers can be moved to a second panel or an engineer can use a panel that is designed to hold more fibers separately. Wall-mounted panels can be constructed to hold up to 144 fibers at once. Wall mount fiber patch panels are space saving and light in weight, while they are strong structure and robust, waterproof. The fiber optic cables lines are designed to be easy to find and organize, optical fiber bend radius is ensured to safe level not to affect its performance.
Rack mount fiber optic patch panels are made of high quality materials, it is sliding types like a drawer. Sliding the panel open gives an optical engineer easy access to the fibers inside.Inside the rack mount fiber patch panel there is trays and splice sleeves, accessories, optional pigtails with different types, common style is SC/FC/ST/LC, E2000 types can be custom made based on quantity.
Both of rack mount and wall mount fiber optic patch panels can be custom made with different kinds of adapters and Fiber Pigtails pre-installed from FiberStore. If you do not have enough space in your place and if you do not have too many fiber optic cables around, you can have your panel mounted on a wall. Otherwise, you will need a rack on which you can place your cable panel.