Fiber distribution panel or is one of the commonly used cable managers.
- What is rack mounted fiber distribution panel?
Fiber distribution panel, also known as fiber patch panel, is mainly used for terminations connectors and patching of optical fiber cable. Through fiber distribution panel, network technicians can control massive connection points and optical fiber cables in a distribution panel. Therefore, it is simple and convenient to manage and maintenance cable by using fiber distribution panels.
Rack mounted fiber distribution panel is mainly used for data center rack cable management. it consists of two parts: patch panel and enclosure. The rack mounted fiber distribution panel is much more popular in high density cabling data centers, because of its larger capacity and versatility.
- What types does rack mounted fiber distribution panel have?
The types of rack mounted fiber distribution panel have cover removable type, slide-out type and swing-out type.
Generally, the slide-out type and swing-out type fiber distribution panel are more expensive than the cover removable type fiber distribution panel, but with these two types, during install and maintenance cable you can benefit a lot, because you can gain internal access without removing do the whole enclosure from the rack, which can save time and energy.
Baudcom cover removable type distribution panel Baudcom slide-out type distribution panel
- How to choose rack mounted fiber distribution panel?
3.1 size selection
The width of fiber distribution panel is mostly 19 inches. The height of fiber distribution panel has 1U, 2U, 3U, 4U… The bigger the size, the larger the fiber capacity. Among them, 1U fiber distribution panel is the most popular type.
Baudcom 1U 24 ports fiber distribution panel Baudcom 2U 48 ports fiber distribution panel
3.2 Number of ports selection
The number of ports vary from 4, 8, 12, 24, 48, 64, 72, 96 to 288 cores and even more. The number of ports is another important factor, especially in high density cabling. Fiber distribution panel ports provide a place for data to enter and exit the panel. For those who have limited cabling space, fiber distribution panels with more ports are preferred.
3.3 Fiber adapters’ type selection
Fiber adapters of fiber distribution panel have SC, FC, LC, ST and so on. You can select them according to your need.
3.3 Loaded or unloaded fiber distribution panel selection
A Loaded fiber distribution panel is loaded with fiber adapters and pigtails. Through it, you can simply snap in the fiber cable connections. However, if a port of this fiber distribution panel gets damaged, it will be broken forever. In addition, if you want to change your connectors from SC to LC, you need to buy an another LC Loaded fiber distribution panel. Unloaded fiber distribution panel is more flexible, has no such limitations.
If you want to buy a rack mounted fiber distribution panel, you can list all the requirement of the distribution panel, height, depth, width, weight, number of ports, adapters’ type and loaded or unloaded requirement. Note that always select a little bigger fiber distribution panel for all your existing equipment and for future growth.