Patch Panel, a hero to the rescue!
A fibre optic Patch Panel is a vital part of any Cable Management. The job of a fibre optic patch panel is to protect the fibre optic cable and to provide access to the network. They are also known as distribution panels.
A patch panel needs to provide efficient and organised cable management, allowing for fast and easy installation. A record book to keep track of all cables should also be provided as part of the patch panel. Another requirement for a patch panel is that it comes with a variety of connector face plates; ST, FC, FCA, SC Simplex, SCA Simplex, SC Duplex, SCA Duplex, LC Duplex, LCA Duplex, LC Quad and LCA Quad should all be included, allowing the installer flexibility when completing the cable management side of the job.
With a large variety of Patch Panels available where do you start?
The patch panel can be separated into several categories being wall mount , rack mount, indoor and outdoor units. We will have a closer look at our range of indoor rapidconnect 12W Wall Mount Enclosures. This type of patch panel is manufactured to be installed on the wall.
The rapidconnect 12W wall mount enclosures are supplied with a lockable door to assure secure cable storage. The lockable door of this patch panel protects and ensures little to no fibre disturbance. This prevents anyone easily accessing the fibres once placed and locked in the patch panel. The rapidconnect 12W Wall Mount Enclosure is compact in order to optimise the use of confined spaces.
This Patch Panel is designed to take a maximum of 24 Fibres using LC Duplex or LC Quad connectors or 12 Fibres will all other connector styles. When it comes to installing the cable gland fitting(s) all that needs to be done is to remove the plugs from the openings to be used for cable entry.
Then you install the fibre cable gland fittings in the openings on the building entrance side of the patch panel, as needed, to accommodate cables entering the enclosure. Openings are provided on the top and bottom of the enclosure.
For the module/face plate Installation simply align the push pins with the desired locations on the enclosure and press the module into position. Then press the plunger firmly to seat it into the grommet. The gap between the plunger and grommet should no longer be visible. Then GENTLY pull on the module body to ensure it is firmly seated and locked into place.
The weight of this unit is only 2kg and the Dimensions (HxWxD)mm are 225x225x45 making it a nice compact unit to install. A Fibre optic patch panel is typically supplied without any adaptors so this is something to consider when ordering otherwise you may be delaying the install and handover.
A fibre optic patch panel is an important part of data cabling installations. It provides a cost-effective way to handle fibre optic cable providing a neat and secure solution to any network. The rapidconnect 12W wall mount enclosure is the perfect choice if space is limited whilst still providing all the benefits required.