How to Connect Patch Panel to Switch?

Some people say that patch panel is a waste, and only a network switch matters. Others, however, hold firmly that patch panel is a significant gadget without which you can hardly imagine how the network cabling will look like. As far as I am concerned, we should view it accordingly.

Why We Should Use Patch Panel?

Apart from the easier cable management it provides, its function resembles the railroad switch. And let’s compare the cables to rails to see how it works. With a railroad switch(patch panel), the train(data) can travel from A to B, C and even more destinations, otherwise it can only go from A to B, or C to D. This article, What Is a Patch Panel Used for?, has explained it thoroughly. In addition, FS.COM offers extensive selection of patch panels.

patch panel

How to Connect Patch Panel to Switch?

Having made clear of the function of patch panel and the switch, let’s see together how do they connect in the network cabling in case of mistakes in the layout process. Assume that we have a two 24 port feed through patch panels and two 24 port switch, and all the devices mentioned below. We don’t take the punch down panel here is because it has to be punched down first then to connect the cabling system. If you use a punch down patch panel, the methods and procedures to punch down it have been listed in my previous article—How to Punch Down Cat6 into Patch Panel.

  • Step 1

Find a cabinet large enough to accommodate both the patch panel and switch. And mount the 24 port patch panels and switches all in the same rack. The order from the top to the bottom is like this, patch panel 1, spacer, switch 1, patch panel 2, spacer and switch 2.And prepare the cables in a proper length.

  • Step 2

Prepare the cable in a proper length to avoid the mess.

  • Step 3

Use the top 12 ports on the patch panel for the bottom 12 ports on the switch, and the bottom 12 on the patch panel for the top 12 ports on the switch. The one set of patch cables would be just a bit shorter than the other 12.

  • Step 4

Connect the modulars on the rear side of the patch panel with the cables that go to each unit or room.

OK, congratulation. Now you have a very neat and beautiful cabling system. When powering on, the whole system will work orderly in their own places.

Conclusion

All in all, a patch panel is more of an extension of your Ethernet cables. It’s used for the purpose of neatness and the achievement of data crossover. A switch connects your devices into a network allowing them to communicate and share files with each other. To help you better understand the ways to connect the two, we are planning to produce a video to illustrate the steps in details. You can refer to FS.COM for more information and follow us for the further knowledge.

Patch Panel Recommendations

As a patch panel offers people easy cable management, it has been widely acknowledged by more and more users and expertise. When choosing a patch panel, a lot of factors can be considered, like types and designs. I would like to recommend you patch panels from there perspectives, that is, cabling system, port density, and space saving.

Cabling System of Patch Panel

As we all know, the patch panel used in fiber cabling system is called fiber patch panel and the one used in copper cabling systems named copper patch panel. As far as I am concerned, the fiber patch panel deserves the higher price since it is a lot easier to install. However, copper patch panel can also be your first choice as it is cost-efficient and durable, like the Cat6 patch panel introduced in the next part.

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.

Specially designed for Gigabit Ethernet applications, Cat6 Ethernet patch panel meets and even exceeds the TIA/EIA 568 industry specification, and are compatible with all kinds of Cat6 cables and related accessories. Besides, Cat6 patch panels feature high-density and offer the performance required for present and next generation data communications networks and applications.

fiber patch panel

Port Density of Patch Panel

Port density seems to be a main concern when choosing a patch panel. The patch panel with more ports enables more connectivity. Common patch panels are always designed in 8 or 12-port configurations. While high-density patch panels are available in flat and angled designs with 24 or 48 ports configurations. High-density patch panel is suitable for installations with limited space.

Take the Cat6 Ethernet patch panels we mentioned above as an example, as high-density patch panels, they are available in 12-port, 24-port, 48-port configurations, and feature enhanced front and rear labeling mark for easy circuit identification. In addition, 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.

Cat.6 patch panel

Space Saved by Patch Panel

In general, I, myself, prefer wall mount patch panel to rack mount patch panel, because it is installed above the floor, sparing much space for other equipment standing on the ground.

Wall mount patch panel provided by FS.COM possesses number labeling for easy outlet identification, and is used to provide the critical connection between various fiber cables and optical equipment fixed on the customer’s house or office, offering networking and fiber distribution from the wiring closet to the user’s terminal equipment. Furthermore, it can be fixed quickly and easily to the wall using four screws.

wall mount patch panel

Conclusion

Hope you have saved a lot of time and energy by checking out the list we have above. However, another aspect not mentioned is the budget, as many people would struck in a dilemma that whether to choose a patch panel only for now or the expensive one for future. Considering this, you can first choose what function and performance you actually need, then compare the price of the same type of patch panel between different vendors. Here I can assure you that FS.COM can provide you with best quality and reasonable price. If you have puzzles, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Multiple Applications of 1U Detachable Horizontal Cable Management Panel

Good cable management is essential to keep the fiber cables in acceptable condition and ensuring transmission performance with high-density cabling. A 1U detachable horizontal panel is an amazing part in cable management due to its multiple choices for application. This article will introduce the structure of a 1U detachable cable management panel and its diverse applications in network installation.

Structure of the 1U Detachable Cable Management Panel

This 1U detachable horizontal cable management panel consists of four parts that are held together by screws and can be removed by tools. They are illustrated in the following figure, including horizontal laser bar, horizontal laser panel, D-rings and 1U patch panel.

Structure of the 1U Detachable Cable Management Panel

Multiple Application Choices of the Detachable Cable Management Panel

This 1U detachable horizontal cable management panel can be used to manage cables for different active or passive network devices because they can be assembled randomly to meet your needs. Here are four application examples of this detachable cable management panel.

It is a good choice for holding different types of adapter panels. As a whole, this detachable cable management panel can be used with LC adapter panel. Here it is used with four fiber adapter panels with 12 LC duplex single-mode adapters. Besides, taking off part 4, it can also be used with a 12/24-port adapter in 1U patch panel form.

1U adapter panel is used with LC adapter panel

Combining part 2, 3 and 4 mentioned above, it can be used with MTP/MPO adapter panel. Here it is used for four 8 MTP adapter panel. It should be noted that for each MTP/MPO adapter, 8-fiber MTP/MPO connector is also suited to be linked with 12-fiber MTP/MPO connector when only 8 fibers are used in the 12-fiber MTP/MPO (such as in 40G network).

1U detachable panel is used with MTP adapter panel

By using only part 2 and part 3, cable management for a 1U rack mount fiber enclosure is perfectly achieved.

1U detachable panel is used with enclosure

The combination in the last example can also be used to manage cables coming from 1U WDM Mux/Demux or switch. In the following figure, on the top this detachable panel is used with a 18 channels CWDM Mux/Demux and at the bottom it is used with a switch.

1U detachable panel is used with CWDM Mux/Demux and switch

Conclusion

From the application examples presented above, we can see that this 1U detachable horizontal cable management panel is very capable in different cabling situations. You may notice that cable ties are also used to help organize the cables placing inside the D-rings. If you interested in this multifunctional assembly, you can find it on our site (FS.COM). You can also find many other helpful cable management assemblies for managing efficiently high-density structured cabling in your data centers and telecommunication rooms.

The following table displays some details of several cable management devices provided by us They are all in stock at Seattle warehouse and are available for same-day shipping.

Picture Description
cable management-1 1U Detachable Horizontal Panel with D-ring & Lacing Bar
cable management-2 1U Plastic Single-side Horizontal Cable Management Panel with Finger Duct
cable management-3 24 Ports UTP Cat5e 110 Punch Down 1U 19” Fast Ethernet Patch Panel
cable management-4 1U Metal Horizontal Lacer Panel with D-rings

Protecting Cable Harness With Wire Loom

No matter where your cables are set, keeping them in good protection is always helpful for extending the cable service life. As we know, it is more difficult to arrange the harness cable due to the multiple strings. However, a better protection and management is necessary all the time. Thus, a cable manager named wire loom is designed to meet the demands. This device efficiently arranges and protects the cables at the same time. A growing number of applications are adopting the wire looms for harness cable routing.

What Is Wire Loom?

Wire loom, also known as convoluted tube, is a corrugated pipe-shaped cable organizer widely used for cable harness protection. Wire loom can be made of several materials, such as polyamide (PA), polyester (PET), polypropylene (PP), polyethylene (PE), polyurethane (PUR) and elastomer. You can find the applications of wire loom in a variety of industries, including automotive, agriculture, construction, marine and telecommunications. The inside diameter of wire loom is also optional to suit the size of cables, and common diameters are 3/8”, 1/4”, 3/4”, 1/2”, 1” etc. The following picture shows the general look of wire looms.

wire loom

How to Choose Wire Loom?

There are three aspects that you can consider when selecting the wire loom. Firstly, you can look over the design of wire loom to decide whether it needs to be split, non-split, spiral wrap or self-wrapping. Typically, split wire looms are the standard type preferred by most applications. Secondly, as mentioned above, the size of wire loom is optional, thus you need to choose the right size to fit your wires. You can measure the wire bundle diameter in advance and then make sure the wire loom to be a little larger than the wire bundle. Thirdly, you should select the wire loom material based on the installation environment so as to give better protection for the cables. Temperature, moisture, chemical, vibration and other elements can all be taken into consideration during the selection.

Benefits of Wire Loom

It is surly a cost-effective solution to use wire loom for cable harness protection. The install and removal of wire loom is very flexible and easy, especially for split wire loom. Most importantly, wire loom is resistant to various abrasions (friction, vibration, fraying and puncture), fluids (automotive fluids, water, snow, salt and ice) and weathers ( heat, cold and sunlight). Apart from these, using the wire loom also ensures the cable management to be neat and clean, which is important to the higher performance of cables.

Related Wire Loom Products

Besides the standard wire looms, there are also other related products that can provide easier wire loom deployment.

Colored Wire Loom

The typical color for a wire loom is black, but there are also other color choices, such as red, white, blue, yellow and so on. These colored wire looms can be seem as the ornament for the installation area, especially when the they are used at people’s houses. In addition, it is simpler to distinguish different cable bundles when multiple wire looms are used in the same place.

colored wire looms

Wire Loom Connector

Wire loom connector, namely wire loom tee, is used to offer safe branching of cables. It can connect three pieces of wire looms with a simple snap. The nylon and TPE rubber material designs secure the junction area to be protected from high temperature and abrasion. Different branch diameters are also available within one connector to provide convenience for the connection of different sized wire looms.

wire loom coonector

Conclusion

If you are seeking for a better protection for your cable harness, wire loom is an ideal solution that can be used for all kinds of cabling applications. FS.COM provides different colors and sizes of wire looms and wire loom connectors. Please visit our website for more detailed information if interested.

How to Organize Cables With J-Hook?

When managing large amount of cables, using a cabling pathway is very useful to provide better support for the cables. Common pathway systems are usually structured with conduits, cable trays, ladder racks, surface raceways, and underfloor ducting systems. Construction materials can be made of steel, aluminum, fiber glass or plastic. However, it is not that necessary to lay every inch of cable on top of a support element. Lots of pathway materials can be saved for other important applications. Is there any solution can both save the construction material and provide continuous support for the cables? The answer is yes. J-hook system perfectly solves the issue with greater flexibility and simpler installation. This article is going to present some basic information about J-hook.

What Is a J-Hook?

The name of J-hook comes from its side view of the letter “J” with a semi-circular bottom section. Cables can be put in the rounded gaps between J-hooks for a continuous support. J-hook is also designed with smooth beveled edges which provides a large bending radius for cables. It is widely used for indoor and outdoor applications providing a speedy and easy installation.

j-hook

Common Attachments of J-Hook

J-hook can be fitted with many kinds of attachments allowing for a more flexible use. The followings are some common fitting types for wall-mount J-hook.

J-Hook With Angle Bracket

Using the 90-degree angle bracket, J-hook can be fastened onto the ceiling. It is also an effective solution for cable trays. This attachment can be easily installed or removed as you want.

J-Hook With Beam Clamp

This attachment can install J-hook to the horizontal flanges with the knock-on beam clamp. It allows for up to 1/8 inch flange thickness. In addition, J-hook with beam clamp is able to rotate 360 degrees to support all directional cable runs.

J-Hook With Hammer-On Clip

Hammer-on clip attachment fitting can be quickly installed with only a hammer. It is also able to swivel 360 degrees for various directional runs of cable.

J-Hook With Wire/Rod Clip

Wire/rod clip is also known as bat wing clip due to its bat shape. It attaches the J-hook to a wide variety of structures. The clip can snap onto the wire that holds up ceiling grids, thus the cable can be suspended at any position in a plenum space.

j-hook-attachment

Steps for J-Hook Installation
  • Step 1, fasten J-hook with the right attachment. It depends on where the J-hook is located. Wall, stud, beam, flange and drop-wire mounting are the common supporting structures.
  • Step 2, align snap lock attachment of J-hook with holes of the chosen bracket and snap J-hook into position.
  • Step 3, lay the cable in J-hooks. The intervals between J-hooks is around 1.2 to 1.5 m.
  • Step 4, look over your installation to ensure the cables are neatly laid on the J-hooks.
Benefits of J-Hook

Compared with traditional pathway elements, J-hook is easier to install and move on-site without the need for special tools. A variety of attachment types enable the flexibility of J-hook to be placed at different locations. There is more headroom capability when using J-hooks. Its wide-base design also maintains the bend radius of large diameter cables.

Conclusion

J-hook is absolutely a simpler solution for horizontal cabling support. Different from other continuous support systems, J-hook system is more economical with fewer logistical demands, less installation labor and reduced material cost. Since it can be used in multiple environments and applications, more and more cabling projects have been adopting J-hook system for construction.