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Structured Cabling Solution for Fiber and Copper Cables

Most people know that data amount has grown exponentially due to the increase in mobile computing, the rise of social networks and the spread of information technology into almost all areas of private and work life. And for network operators, they require a structured cabling solution for fiber and copper as well as an efficient analysis and implementation of ongoing capacity expansion. However, someone may be still confused about why a structured cabling solution is essential?

Why We Need a Structured Cabling Solution?

There are four reasons to use a structured cabling solution, bend radius protection, cable routing paths, cable access, physical protection, because these four aspects can directly make influences on network’s performance.

  • Bend radius protection. When fiber bends exceed the specified minimum bend diameter can fracture, resulting in service failure and increasing network operating costs. Thus protecting the bend radius can enhance cables’ long term reliability and reduce signal attenuation.

  • Cabling routing paths. A right path is beneficial for decreasing the probability of bend loss and long term cable failures. So it’s important to make access to individual cables simple and safe.

  • Cable access. A good structured cabling should allow each cable to be plugged in or removed simply without damage. Besides, this will help to maintain bend radius protection.

  • Physical protection. All cables should be protected from accidental or physical damage, otherwise, the whole network may break down.

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FS.COM Equipment for a Structured Cabling Solution

FS.COM offers both horizontal cable management and vertical cable management so your network will not behave like a spaghetti bomb exploded near your servers. Here is some equipment you may use for building structured cabling.

  • 45U adjustable open frame rack. It’s typically used for server room and data center rack applications and designed to house 19inch standard mounting device.

  • Cable manager. Vertical cable manager and horizontal cable manager are available. We choose 45U dual sided vertical cable manager that can be used for both front and back cabling. And 1U metal horizontal cable manager with brush strip, it increases overall air flow within cabinet while helping to prevent equipment from overheating. The steel construction and black powder coat finish fights provides durability, resists corrosion. Besides, there are 1U metal horizontal cable manager with 5 D-rings and 1U plastic horizontal cable manager with finger duct, which can provide a large supported area to organize and route cables.

  • Equipment for connecting fiber optic cables such as 1U FHD fiber enclosure, FHU MTP-LC breakout patch panel, FHX ultra high density fiber enclosure. There are different types of fiber optic patch panel with different connectors, port numbers on FS.COM. In addition, standard or customized fiber adapters panels can also be found on FS.COM. You can choose based on your need.

  • Copper cabling equipment includes 1U shielded or unshielded patch panel, and 24 port blank keystone patch panel. These are used for connecting copper cables.

Installation of a Structured Cabling Solution

Here is a video gives a quick look at data center structured cabling solution of fiber or copper system.

First, place the 45U adjustable open frame rack in the spacious room. Then insert the 45U dual sided vertical cable manager to handle the cables vertically.

Second, deal with the fiber optic cables. Install the fiber optic equipment on the rack. Choose the suitable fiber patch panel to connect the matched fiber optic cables. For example, LC fibers should be linked to the LC adapter panel, otherwise, the network can not work.

Third, install the 1U copper patch panel on the rack. Then plug in CAT5e and CAT6 cables in turn. Make the copper cables go through the fingers of horizontal or vertical cable managers. This step aims at protecting cables and perfecting the structured cabling.

A good structured cabling solution helps increase network system performance and improve maintenance and serviceability of cables. With the right tools, you don’t need to worry about how to sort in the maze of sloppy cabling, you can build a network that is flexible enough to reconfigure and upgrade. Hope FS.COM will be your first choice to buy fiber equipment.

24 Port Blank Keystone Patch Panel for Ethernet Cabling

In cabling system, patch panel is used for cable management. But how? In short, when the patch cables are connected with telecommunication equipment, they have to go through the adapters in the patch panel to achieve the wiring function. Here, patch panel functions as the protector of cables or pigtails. Commonly, patch panel can be divided into different categories according to different ports, 12 port patch panel, 24 port patch panel and 48 port patch panel. And for small LAN network, the best option is 24 port patch panel especially the 24 port blank keystone patch panel.

What Is 24 Port Blank Keystone Patch Panel

24 port blank keystone patch panel, also known as the unloaded patch panel, is one option of 24 port copper patch panel. Typically, instead of the pre-positioned connectors design, it adopts the design of 24 individual empty holes which allow users install the connectors based on their own needs to link different copper cables. The empty holes are called keystone jacks that can be terminated to the cables such as shield or unshield CAT5e or CAT6, and then quickly inserted into the patch panel. This type of patch panel is designed to support the distribution of voice, data, and video for commercial or residential applications. FS.COM offers 24 port unshielded blank keystone patch panel, it’s suitable for any standard 19 inch relay rack, cabinet or wall bracket. With a flat style and clear port number, cable management becomes easier. And its removable cable manager will allow users to fix cables simply.

Reasons to Use Blank Keystone Patch Panel

Compared with the traditional patch panel, blank keystone patch panel enjoys several advantages, which actually encourage people to choose blank keystone patch panel.

  • More flexible design. No keystone jack is pre-installed into the blank keystone patch panel, so it can be customized based on specific application. FS.COM 24 port blank keystone patch panel accepts all RJ45 modules, which means technicians will not struggle with the decision whether to use CAT5e or CAT6 when they need the versatility of running different types of networking cable on one project. The blank keystone accommodates a wide variety of easy to snap-in modules, making configuration flexibility.
  • Better cost-effectiveness. The special design and easy installation make a low initial investment cost. Use one blank keystone patch panel, users can connect CAT5e and CAT6 simultaneously without buying theCAT5e patch panel and CAT6 patch panel. Besides, with pre-labeled ports and write-on areas on the front, the blank keystone patch panel helps trace and identify cable runs to stay in order.

Install 24 Port Blank Keystone Patch Panel for Ethernet Cabling

First, prepare the equipment. No extra tools are required except the essential equipment, 24 port blank keystone patch panel, CAT5e and CAT6 RJ45 insert modules.

Second, to fit one’s need, choose the proper quantity of different RJ45 modules. Then insert them onto the 24 port blank keystone patch panel one by one.

Third, screw the assembled 24 port blank keystone patch panel in a 19 inch rack. Plug the CAT5e cables into the CAT5e coupler keystone insert module and insert CAT6 cables into the CAT6 module, then handle the cables in sequence.

Last, take a visual inspection of the equipment to make sure everything works well.


24 port blank keystone patch panel provides connectivity for RJ45 insert modules data services, playing an important role in supporting the cloud. For your convenience, FS.COM offers different types of blank keystone patch panel to help technicians finish your networking project on budget and on time.