Which One to Choose? Fiber or Copper Patch Panel?

It seems that you haven’t figured out what a patch panel is. A patch panel is a mounted hardware assembly that contains ports used to connect and manage fiber or copper optic cables going in and out. Patch panels are also known as patch bays, patch fields or jack fields which are usually installed on enclosures or racks to simplify connections. If it breaks down, the entire system may fail. Patch panels can be assorted based on the number of ports they contain. They can be used in fiber and copper cabling systems. Here we have fiber and copper patch panels.

Fiber vs. Copper Patch Panel

Fiber patch panels require two ports for a pair of wires. One port is responsible for the transmitting end while the other looks after the receiving end. The fact that fiber patch panels tend to be faster than copper does not make sense in the condition where the main function of a patch panel is to direct signal traffic, not to send the signal at a particular speed. When installing the panel, a fiber optical cable needs to be split at one end in order to gain access to the individual fibers. The separated fibers are fed into different ports, each of which has a fiber optical adapter. These adapters can then be used to plug individual fibers into other devices. The loss caused by interface may be noticeable. Besides, if the fiber interface doesn’t connect perfectly, you may not get it work successfully.

Copper patch panels have the 110-insulation displacement connector style on one side and 8-pin modular ports on the other. Wires coming into the panel are therefore terminated to the insulation displacement connector. On the opposite side, the 8-pin modular connector plugs into the port which corresponds to the terminated wires. With the copper patch panel, each pair of wires has an independent port. And when the front copper touches the copper in the back, a little bit of the signal is lost but not enough to worry about. And copper is easy to interface- even if the connector doesn’t match perfectly, as long as wire A touches wire B, you get a connection.

Fiber and Copper Patch Panels Provided by FS.COM

1U High 19″ fiber patch panel is easy to install for better deployment and expand your network for interconnection and cross-connection inside the rack mount and cabinet. It has 24 ports and is available with two adapter types: SC and LC duplex.

fiber patch panel

Cat6 patch panels deliver a steady 250 MHz connection to copper Gigabit switches, ideal for Ethernet, Fast Ethernet and Copper Gigabit Ethernet (1000Base-T) network applications. They are available in 6-port and 8-port module groupings, in 8, 12, 24, and 48-port sizes. The cat6 patch panel provided by FS.COM contains user-friendly number coding and removable rear cable manager which is conducive to uninstall and install. Ordered number coding enables it easy to install and distinct cable. In addition, management bar and numbers are easy for cabling neat, organized and connection identification.

copper patch panel


It is not easy to tell which fiber patch panel is better unless in a given situation. The copper and fiber patch panel both have their own advantages and shortcomings when applied to different systems. FS.COM also provides many kinds of patch panels, each representing a cost-effective solution for your application. And they can adapt to your changes and adds on the equipment.

How to connect devices together with a patch panel?

Several days ago I observed some comments by my reader, many individuals mentioned that my blog is too difficult to understand. Well, today’s blog article would use simple words and comic picture to tell you some about Fibre optic patch panel. In a simple word, a patch panel works like a telephone switchboard, but for cables.

patch panel

1. A cable leading from each network device is wired into the back of the patch panel. Network devices can include wall jacks, computers, hubs and so on.

2. Short patch cables at the front of the patch panel control how devices are connected. The patch cables at the front of the patch panel connect the devices to switches or other patch panels.

3. To change the connection, simply change which socket the patch cable goes into.

If you are using the patch panel (such as Leviton 24 port patch panel), this means it’s easier to alter the bond in between products. Just about all you must do is actually alter that outlet the actual area solar panel provides you with a simpler user interface with regard to controlling cable connections.

Let’s look in more details at what goes on behind the patch panel.

behind patch panel

Should you change the actual area solar panel more than, you will see the strike lower prevent. A person strike person cables to the prevent utilizing an effect strike device.

How a person set up the actual cables is essential. The actual cables adhere to a particular colour design, as well as you have to adhere to this particular to be able to help to make cable connections in between products. The actual design depends upon the actual kinds of prevent you are utilizing as well as the kind of cable you are pounding to the prevent.

         punch tool      block style

Each cable or set of wires corresponds to some outlet about the entrance from the fiber panel. Should you content label every outlet using what it is attached to, you can inform instantly exactly what all of your own system products tend to be attached to, as well as it will likewise end up being easier to alter the actual cable connections.

The overall type with regard to marking the actual sockets in your fiber panel (as Black Box Patch Panel )is by using the area quantity then the actual coat or even setting quantity. There are two solution to it.

Use the information from the tabe below to connect the various servers, desktops and switches to the appropriate device. Draw a connection line from the patch panel to the end device.

Use the information from the table below to connect the various servers, desktops and switches to the appropriate device. Draw a connection line from the patch panel to the end device.

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How to Arrange the Fiber Cables in the Fibre Optic Patch Panel?

For the Fibre Optic Patch Panel, I just think this is what they must to know of using it. Well, this article will tell you how to achieve this task.

You know, fibre optic patch panel can use fiber optic patch cables to cross-connect, connected to fiber optic communication equipment or test the individual fibers in the fiber optic cables. A fiber patch panel usually is composed of two parts, the compartment that contains Fiber Optic Adapter (bulkhead receptacles), and the compartment that contains fiber optic splice trays and excess fiber cables.

And how does it work? Fiber patch panels provide a convenient way to rearrange fiber cable connections and circuits. A simple patch panel from Fiberstore is a metal frame containing bushings in which fiber optic patch cord connectors plug in on either side. One side of the panel is usually fixed, meaning that the fiber cables are not intended to be disconnected. On the other side of the panel, fiber cables can be connected and disconnected to arrange the circuits as required.

fiber patch panel

Installation of a server room in a building to send and receive signal from workstation and to the internet is a tricky part. A server room to premises is just as brain to a body. We know that the transmission of data has been properly dealt by nerves and each nerve sends or receives signal to or from the brain regularly. The same with the cables management works with Fiber Adapter Plates in LAN.

However, the optic fiber cables need to be properly and neatly installed in the fiber patch panels so that can distinguish which cable is coming from which port and would going to which port. This part of task in installing cables through patch panels requires skill and meticulousness.

fiber optic patch panel

Therefore, it is utmost necessary that whatever the size of organization and the building; this network must be installed according to a map charted as per layout of the building so as to establish exactly how to connect the main server room to each and every workstation through patch panels, such as Corning CCH panels, on each floor or particular spots.

So, when it comes to organize server room, we must begin with the design of the building. If it is under construction stage, the fiber patch panels can be easily designed and allocated in the building plan just like electricity or plumbing plan. In case the building is already complete then appropriate patch panels and colored cables can be arranged and fitted at required intervals to ease smooth running of data to and from server as well as to easily sort out any difficulty arising at a later stage hindering the data transmission.

Nowadays, the manufacturers of cabling and networking accessories have produced several type of patch panels (both for fiber optic cables and copper cables); all kinds of cables for data transmissions in different colors to distinguish at a glance which cable is meant for what purpose and racks system; all of them to facilitate an easy to manage networking throughout the premises.

Moreover, the cables need to be properly tagged at both ends, that is user’s end and panel’s end so as to remove or replace only the faulty one without disturbing other users, server or discontinuation of networking service. It would be in fitness of things if proper cable management is established at the onset to have an ease of satisfaction throughout the life span of networking.

Well, those are what advice I can provide, if you have better thoughts, welcome to communication with me. you can comment the blog or email to me.

Fibre Optic Patch Panels Supply from Fiberstore

Fiber optic patch panels are cable management equipment used for indoor or outdoor applications, fiber patch panel help protect, organize and distribute the optical cables and the branches, we supply two types of fiber optic patch panels, one is wall mount fiber optic patch panel and the other is rack mount fiber optic patch panel.

8 Port fiber patch panel

Wall mount fiber patch panels are space saving and light in weight, while they are strong structure and robust, waterproof. The fiber optic cables lines are designed to be easy to find and organize, optical fiber bend radius is ensured to safe level not to affect its performance.

Rack mount fiber optic patch panels are made of high quality materials, it is sliding types like a drawer, inside the rack mount fiber patch panel there is trays and splice sleeves, accessories. Both of rack mount and wall mount fiber optic patch panels can be custom made with different kinds of adapters and pigtails pre-installed.

Fiber adapter panel contains TIA/EIA-604 FOCIS compliant or compatible simplex or duplex fiber optic adapters and meet or exceed TIA/EIA-568-C.3 requirements. Fiber adapter panels include horizontal and vertical MPO adapters, LC, keyed LC, SC, ST, FC, MT-RJ or E-2000 fiber optic adapters. Fiber optic adapters include phosphor bronze or zirconia ceramic split sleeves to fit specific network requirements. 24 port LC fiber patch panel housing colors follow the TIA/EIA-568-C.3 suggested color identification scheme. Multimedia modular panels allow customization of installation for applications requiring integration of fiber optic and copper cables. Blank fiber adapter panels reserve fiber adapter panel space for future use. All fiber adapter panels snap quickly into the front of fiber optic patch panels and enclosures for easy network deployment or moves, adds, and changes.

custom patch panel

These LC fiber patch panel is sliding drawer “tray style” housings suitable for either direct termination or splicing of up to 96 fibres in 1U of rack space. Each panel is manufactured from high quality 2mm thick steel and finished in Black powder coated paint to provide a strong and durable unit to the front of the patch panel the specified number of duplex adaptors are loaded from left to right. The facia also houses the release latches for the sliding drawer. Each panel utilises colour coded adaptors, Beige for multi mode, Blue for single mode. Each duplex adaptor accommodates two terminated fibres. Each panel includes a set of adjustable fixing arms, and a cable management pack which includes cable entry glands, cable ties and a 24 way splice bridge.

  • Snap quickly into Fiberstore Fiber Adapter Patch panels and Enclosures: Assures flexibility and ease of network deployment and moves, adds, and changes
  • Adapters available separately, and in Mini-Com Patch Panels and Modules, and Fiberstore MPO Fiber Optic Cassettes: Provides a complete system solution for connectivity, such as horizontal and vertical MPO adapter, LC, Keyed LC, SC, ST, FC, MT-RJ, E-2000 and Mini com fiber optic adapter modules, copper jack modules and audio/video modules.
  • LC and SC adapter housing colors follow TIA/EIA-568-C.3 suggested identification color scheme: Easy identification of fiber type via adapter colors; visually compatible with patch cords and connectivity that also follows the color identification scheme.
  • Avaiable with adapters in multiple colors: Type A polarity incorporates a black MPO adapter housing with a key-up to key-down configuration. Type B polarity incorporates a charcoal gray MPO adapter housing with a key-up to key-up configuration.

Fiberstore Fiber Optic Adapter Panels (FAPs) are used with Fiberstore Rack and Wall Mount Enclosures, Fiber Adapter Patch Panels, and Fiberstore Zero RU Fiber Adapter Panel Brackets to deploy medium to high-density fiber optic network applications as specified in the data center cabling standard TIA 942 for cross connects in main distribution, horizontal distribution, and equipment distribution areas. Fiberstore Fiber Adapter Panels snap quickly into the patch panels and enclosures for easy network deployment or moves, adds, and changes. Fiberstore Zero RU Fiber Adapter Panel Brackets mount directly to the rack to provide location, connection, and quick deployment of fiber adapter panels without taking any RU space. Multimedia modular panels also allow customization for installation requiring integration of fiber optic and copper cables. Blank fiber adapter panels reserve panel space for future use.

Some Structions for Fibre Optic Patch Panel

Fibre Optic Patch Panel allows easy management of patch cables and link the cabling distribution areas. Multimedia patch panel, which allow several different cable connectors that should be considered are LC for fiber and RJ-45 for copper. Although mixing cable types within the same patch panels is not best practice, it is good to have this flexibility for housing ad-hoc cable types. The best practice is to separate the fiber cabling from the copper cabling using separate patch panels.

Copper VS Fiber

Fibre Optic Patch Panel is one of the few components used in both copper and fiber cabling networks. Some professional are adamant that there is no real difference in the performance and construction, while others see a drastic differential between the copper and fiber products. Professional concur, however, that the cost of fiber panels while having improved over the past year is far more than the copper equivalent. Such explains that the cost of actual installation is compatible nut estimates a 30 percents to 40 percents per port premium for fiber panels.

Copper panels are typically constructed with 8-pin modular ports on one side and 110-insulation displacement connector (IDC) blocks on the other side. Wires come into the panel and are “punched down,” or terminated, into the IDC block. On the opposite side of the panel is a patch cord, most often featuring an 8-pin modular connector, that plugs into the port corresponding to the wires terminated on the reverse side. The patch cord lets the signal be “patched” from one location to another.

Colored jacks or bezels in the patch panel allow easy identification of the ports and the applications they are intended for. MTP patch panel also come in modular styles, for example, for an MTP structured system. The trade off for the higher cost of materials is this: some of this cost id recovered from faster installation and thus lower labor cost.

Angled patch panel(shown as the Figure), are ideal for high-density areas, as they do not require additional cable managers to be installed above and below the patch panel. They also allow for higher concentration of cables. When selecting patch panels, considered the following:

fibre optic patch panel

  • Spacing between ports aids insertion and removal of cables.
  • Sturdy connectors: some panels have loose connector and tend to fall out during cable installation and removal.
  • Orientation of ports in the panel: the top row and bottom row cable slips should face outward.
  • One-piece dust covers for ports (recommended for high traffic areas).
  • Density supported (12 port fiber patch panel or 24 port fiber patch panel per 1U panel).
  • Compatibility with your racks.
  • Space for labeling on the front of the panel.
  • Compatibility with industry standard connectors and racks.
  • Added cable support for the intended cable types on the back of the panel. This is critical and overlooked by many manufactures.

Fiberstore offers fibre optic patch panel at prices to meet your budget. If you have any questions ,feel free to contact our customer service. We have been Patch Panel Manufacturers for over a decade. Feel free to browse our selection of quality Fibre Optic Patch Panel.