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Introduction to Fiber Patch Panel

People always say that the patch panel is the “unsung hero” in the data center. It’s pretty vivid. Because there is no doubt that the patch panel is an indispensable component of the simple and tidy cable management. Usually, it is used in two kinds of cabling system, fiber and copper cabling systems. Therefore, it can be divided into two main types: the fiber optic patch panel and Ethernet patch panel. In this post, I will introduce the former one. For more information about Ethernet patch panel, read How to Select the Suitable Copper Patch Panel?

What Is the Fiber Patch Panel?

The fiber patch panel is used to terminate fiber optic cables and make it accessible to individual fiber optic cable for cross connection. A basic fiber optic panel is typically made of metal. It contains the adapter panels, the connector couplers, and a splice tray. The fiber optic cables connect to the adapter panels through the couplers. The splice tray allows cables to be neatly arranged in the panel.

Fiber Patch Panel Types

Based on different standards, the fiber panel can be categorized into different types. Here, we will introduce its types according to the mounting type, loaded state, and port counts.

  • According to the mounting type, there are rack mount and the wall mount fiber patch panels. The former one usually holds the fiber optic cables horizontally and it looks like a drawer. Designed in 1U, 2U, 4U size, it can hold up to 288 or even more fibers. In addition, it can be mounted onto 19″and 23″standard relay racks. While the latter one is used in enclosed wall mounting. It can be mounted to any wall easily. FS.COM offers FHD wall mount fiber panels which have the designs of 2 door 2 adapters and 2 door 4 adapters as the option. It’s usually equipped with high density cassettes fixed on walls. For more details, you can refer to Introduction of FHD Wall Mount Patch Panel.

rack and wall mount fiber patch panel

Figure 1: Rack and Wall Mount Fiber Patch Panel

  • According to the loaded state, the fiber panel can be classified into the loaded and unloaded ones. The former means that it has been loaded with adapter panels or cassettes. The latter means that it is loaded with nothing. Users can install adapter panels or cassettes depending on their needs, customizing their own patch panels.
  • According to the port counts, the fiber panel can be categorized into many types ranging from 12, 24, 48 to 288 and even more. Actually, there is no limit to the count of the port on the panel. FS.COM can provide 12 port patch panel, 24 port patch patch, and 48 port patch panel.

Benefits of Using Fiber Patch Panel

The fiber panel provides a convenient way to manage fiber optic cables. There are three main benefits of using it.

  • Convenience

Using the fiber panel, users can easily replace the fiber optic cables and change the order of fiber optic cables according to their needs. Besides, they don’t need to look around for ports of the devices on the rack because the fiber patch panel groups all ports.

  • Reducing Cable Congestion

Using the fiber panel, users can reduce the cable clutter and confusion. The fiber optic cables will be easily organized and labeled. Users can manage their cables in any direction.

  • Reducing Wear of Devices

Using the fiber panel, users will complete all the connections on the panel. They won’t frequently plug or unplug the cables directly from the devices. Therefore, wear on the ports of expensive networking devices like switches will be reduced.

Conclusion

All in all, the fiber patch panel is such a useful device in the data center, especially in the high-density data center. After reading this post, I think you’ve had a general understanding of the fiber panel. FS.COM can provide varied cable management solutions. Welcome contact us if you have any needs about this, just by visiting www.fs.com.

How to Install Cable Managers in Horizontal Cable Management

As everyone knows, in the data center, a large number of cables scattered and entangled together will cause maintenance trouble. Therefore, how to achieve a successful cable management is a hot spot. We all know that cable management solution can be generally divided into horizontal cable management and vertical cable management. As for different management solution, there are different products, such as fiber optic patch panel, cable manager, fiber rack, etc. need to be installed. Today, let’s talk about how to install 1U/2U cable manager in horizontal cable management.

Cable Manager in Horizontal Cable Management

1U/2U Cable Managers for Horizontal Cable Management

When it comes to horizontal cable management, the 1U/2U horizontal cable managers cannot be ignored. There are many styles of horizontal cable managers which are helpful in rack cable management.

Here we take FS 1U plastic single sided horizontal cable manager with finger duct as an example to explain. The 1U plastic single sided horizontal cable manager can safely organize and protect network cables. The design of the finger duct is one of the most popular managers in the market. The detachable hinge cap provides easy access to the cable management, reducing installation time and costs, and protecting the cable from damage or dust. By the way, this 1U cable management suite has two versions: one side and two sides. The two-sided horizontal cable manager provides flexibility for front and rear cable management.

horizontal cable management tool

Figure: FS 1U Plastic Single Sided Horizontal Cable Manager with Finger Duct

In addition, there is another commonly used horizontal cable manager: the cable manager with the D-ring. Unlike the cable manager with the figure duct, the horizontal cable manager with D-rings is an open-access management tool. Moreover, it also provides great flexibility. Components and cables can be easily added with the growth of system requirements.

horizontal cable management tool

Figure 2: Horizontal Cable Manager with D-ring

Install 1U/2U Cable Managers in Horizontal Cable Management

Choosing 1U/2U horizontal cable managers is not an easy task, so does their installation.

First, please fix the M6 nuts on the standard racks and align the installation holes of both horizontal cable managers and standard racks. Then, please fasten the managers with M6 screws. Finally, please make sure that the screws are tightened and the nuts are assembled correctly. When these steps are accomplished, our installation is completely finished. Attention! I have an advice for you: before installing, please make sure the racks or cabinets steady to avoid any personal injury for cabinet rollover. The video below elaborates the 1U/2U horizontal managers cabling details.

Conclusion

With the help of horizontal cable manager, more secure cabling is reasonably used in space. It is very important to install the horizontal cable manager and use it to arrange a large number of cables. Hopefully, after reading this post, you will be able to understand how to install cable managers in the horizontal cable management. The cost of the horizontal cable manager is always affordable, which is a necessary investment to avoid the huge losses of future cable chaos. The horizontal cable manager provides an effective way to manage cables on the fiber rack. FS.COM provides various cable management tools with various configurations. Whenever you need to sort out the server rack cable, please visit www.fs.com.