What is Fiber Patch Panel, How to Choose Fiber Distribution Panel?

What is Fiber Patch Panel ? Fiber Patch Panel,called Fiber Distribution Panel, is one of the commonly used cable managers. Fiber Distribution Panel makes it easy to manage cables and identify fiber optic cable routes. Faced with various fibre optic panel on the market, How to Choose a suitable Optical Fiber Patch Panel? This article will give you some reasonable suggestions from the key points.

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Part I. What is Fiber Patch Panel ?

What is Fiber Patch Panel ?

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 fibre cables in a distribution panel. Therefore, it is simple and convenient to manage and maintenance cable by using fibre distribution panel.

Fibre optical distribution panel is mainly used for data center rack cable management. it consists of two parts: patch panel and enclosure. The rack mounted fibre distribution panel is much more popular in high density cabling data centers, because of its larger capacity and versatility.

Fiber Distribution Panel – What types does it have ?

The types of rack mounted fiber distribution panel have cover removable type, slide-out type and swing-out type.

cover removable type, slide-out type and swing-out type Fiber Distribution Panel

Generally, the slide-out type and swing-out type  are more expensive than the cover removable type , 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 slide-out type distribution panel

Baudcom cover removable type fibre optic distribution panel







Baudcom slide-out type fiber distribution panel

Baudcom slide-out type fiber distribution panel

Part II. How to Choose Fiber Patch Panel ?

Fiber Patch Panel – How to Choose it ?

Step 1: Know the Size of Fiber Distribution Panel

The width of fibre optic 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 fibre optic distribution panel is the most popular type.

1u, 2u, 4u height of fiber patch panel

Baudcom 1U 24 ports fiber optic patch panel

Baudcom 1U 24 ports fibre optic distribution panel





Baudcom 2U 48 ports fiber optic patch panel

Baudcom 2U 48 ports fiber optic patch panel

Step 2: Know the Numbers of Port

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, rack fiber optic patch panels with more ports are preferred.

Step 3: Know the Fiber Adapter type

Fiber adapters of fibre optical distribution panel have SC, FC, LC, ST and so on. You can select them according to your need.

Step 4: Know the Loaded or UnLoaded

A Loaded fibre optical distribution panel is loaded with adapters and pigtails. Through it, you can simply snap in the fiber cable connections. However, if a port of this fiber patch 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 fibre optical distribution panel. Unloaded fibre optical distribution panel is more flexible, has no such limitations.


If you want to buy a Fiber Distribution Panel, you can list some key requirement.Such as Size(Width,Height), number of ports, adapters’ type and loaded or unloaded requirement. Note that always select a little bigger Fiber Optic Distribution Panel for all your existing equipment and for future growth.


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Post time:2023-07-14


Lomoveishiy – Finland

I needed those to connect my PC on the third floor to have internet access in that room, and ISP installed their modem on the first floor only. After dropping fiber patch cables, plugged in all cables into these media converters at both sides, and link came up instantly. Was much easier than I thought!

Raymond – USA

Great experience – units worked straight out of the box – just needed plug in cables and we were done. I also like the possibility to enable jumbo frames, while we do not have a need for this feature at the current moment it’s great to have this option.

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