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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.


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.

Patch Panel Labels

Data centers are the repositories in today’s online world, and they’re also regarded as the heart that may pump the lifeblood of one’s business. Inside the data center, numerous issues may break the center, so if anything goes wrong, so does the business. Wrong cabling is one of the issues that may be ignored by most people. But with patch panel labels, technicians can simplify troubleshooting and increase management efficiency.

Label Standard

Clear labeling is the groundwork of a professionally installed network system. There is a set of standards named TIA/EIA-606 that aims at fully addressing the administrative demand for telecommunication equipment, cabling system, and other telecommunication infrastructure. For example, the original TIA/EIA-606-A have defined the general administration, but haven’t had specific needs of data center’s design and installation. Another version, TIA/EIA-606-B is backward compatible with the traditional version A, with a purpose of being a universal labeling standard that applies to all types of premises. And in the set of standards, they have explicitly stated that in one building especially the multiple telecommunication spaces, hardware like patch panels, IDC blocks, and copper or fiber cables should be labeled and recorded.

Importance of Patch Panel Labels

Achieving traceability is the main reason for using patch panel labels. Within one server rack, fiber optic patch panel is commonly used for horizontal cable management that acts as the unit to connect and route circuits for monitoring, interconnecting and testing. Patch panel labels include the patch panel identifier. If practical, each port of a patch panel should be labeled. Using patch panel label accelerates the traceability of the relevant cable links. It helps when the technicians need to find the specific cables.

Labels on Patch Panel

Labels can be used for all patch panels. Here is an example, 24 port blank keystone patch panel on FS.COM, which permits users to create a mix connection of voice, data, and video. The empty design of this Ethernet patch panel makes it possible to accommodate various snap-in jacks, so the users can insert cat5e or cat6 adapters based on actual needs. Beyond the empty port, there are white plates where you can paste the adhesive labels to mark the cables. Users can quickly find the specific cable that needs to change or upgrade, increasing working efficiency. Some adhesive labels are also available in FS.COM: P-type and winding type cable label.keystone patch panel

P-type Adhesive Label

FS.COM provides P-type cable adhesive label paper in red color. It’s a simple identification that is resistant to water, oil, and scratch. Besides, it will not generate debonding in a low-temperature environment and easy to peel off.

patch panel labels

Winding type Adhesive Label

Winding type cable label from FS.COM uses an easy wrap-around design, providing a clear and simple identification. With the design of non-slip, it can be pasted on patch panels for cables records and placement instructions. For the best practice, all labeling should be visible especially doing the maintenance.

winding type patch panel label


Patch panel labels are the effective-cost solution to solve network operation breakdown. When it comes to modifying, repairing and upgrading anything, labeling makes it convenient for your job. For more input on the data center, get in touch with the experts at FS.COM.