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 so as to achieve better cable management. But how to connect fiber optic cables or other devices to patch panels?

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How TO Connect Fiber Optic Cables to Patch  Panels?

1. A cable leading from each network device is wired into the back of the patch panel. Network devices can include network switch, 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 a 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 strikes 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.

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.


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

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 communicate with me. You can comment the blog or email to me.

What Do You Know More about Fiber Optic Patch Panel?

There are many people very confused about fiber patch panel, they usually ask me about it in my google+ (ada janie’s google+), so today’s article will give the detailed explanation about what fiber panel is and how it works in cable management.

What Is Fiber Panel?

First, we need to know, Fiber patch panel also called ODF (optical distribution frame), some people like to call as this. it is designed for fiber optic communications center room to develop fiber optic wiring devices, cable fixing and protection features fiber optic cable end of contract function, line control function, fiber optic cable core, and fiber optic pigtail protection function. In simple terms, fiber optic patch panel’s function is to terminate the fiber optic cable and provide access to the cable’s individual fibers for cross connection.

A basic fiber panel is typically made up of a metal frame that encloses the adapter panels, the connector coupler and a splice tray. The fiber optic cables connect to the panels through the coupler. One side of the panel is usually fixed, meaning the cables aren’t disconnected at any point. The other side of the panel is reserved for cables that can be connected and disconnected to arrange the wire circuits as needed. The splice tray allows cables to be neatly arranged in the fiber optic panel.

Uses of Fiber Panel

Fiber optic patch panels are commonly used in fiber optic management unit. When you install and manage the fiber optic links, you may encounter hundreds or even thousands of fiber optic cables and cable connections. There are two types of fiber-optic panels: wall-mounted and rack-mounted. Wall mount fiber optic patch panel use the inside fiber optic adapters and patch cables, fiber optic pigtails to realize the function of optical fiber distribution. They are also used for protective connections for the fiber cables and pigtails. Wall mount fiber patch panels are mainly used in fiber optic cabling and user terminal applications. Rack mount fiber optic patch panels are used to terminate and distribute optical fiber cables, they are convenient equipment to organize and connect the fiber optic links. Except this, Fiber optic patch cable also can be divided into different types according to different connectors, such as MTRJ patch panel, ST fiber patch panel, SC fiber patch panel, LC fiber patch panel… or can be divided to 6, 8, 12, 24, 48, 96 port fiber optic patch panel.

24 port fiber Panel

Not all fiber network cables use the same type of cables or connectors, so fiber optic panels usually have several adapter types to accommodate for this. If the fiber optic panel doesn’t provide the type of adapter, one will have to be added between the adapter on the panel and the cable with the different adapter type. This can be done using either a conversion cable or a hybrid adapter. A conversion cable is simply a cable with the two different types of adapters on either end, and the hybrid adapter is one piece that connects directly to the panel. Fiber optic panels usually have several adapter types built in, and higher-end panels often have the majority of the hybrid adapters already installed.


Fiber panel is a kind of important supplementary equipment in the optical transmission system, mainly used for the cable end of contract of the optical fiber blend splicing, the optical connector is mounted, the optical path adjusting pick excess pigtail storage and protection of the cable, which for the safe operation of the optical fiber communication network and the flexibility people plays an important role.Finally, if you still have some problems about it or you want to have a test about this product, there are Patch Panel Manufacturers I can provide to you, go to FS.COM and try to it.

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Install a Local Area Network with Related Fiber Optic Equipments

A decision must now be made by the enterprise about what physical protocol to use. Currently there are several in use, although Ethernet is the most popular. Each protocol is capable of a different maximum data speed known as the bandwidth, and costs do differ.  And install a local area network need what. I will give you some instructions…

Using Fibre Optic Patch Panels

All of the fiber cables that comes from the buildings need to connect the hub. A Fibre Optic Patch Panel is often used as an intermediary. There are many types you can choose from the Fiberstore, such as MTRJ patch panel, and there are also different ports you can choose, 6 port fiber patch panel and 8 port fiber patch panel (shown as the Figure)… All the fiber cables is punched down or attached to the back of the patch. The front is made up of RJ45 connectors into which patch cables connect. This prevents any damage to the room cables because changes do not require the modification of the room cables.

8 fiber sc

Using Patch Cables

Patch cables, or jumper cables, connect the patch panel to the hubs, connect workstations to the wall jacks, or connect multiple hubs. This allows the network administrator to easily reconfigure the network because all that needs to be modified are the jacks the patch cable connects. The first two types of connections require a straight-through cable. The third requires a crossover cable.

Different cables are needed because of the way twisted-pair cables connect. One pair of cables transmit information in the reverse direction. A hub reverses the cables from a workstation, allowing the lines to match up correctly and straight through to the high speed LAN/WAN system. However, when connecting two hubs, the cables in both is reversed and so both would attempt to transmit on the same pair and to receive on the same pair – thus causing them to be unable to communicate. A crossover cable reverses the transmit and receive lines so that the hubs can correctly communicate.

Using Fiber Boxes and Fiber Patch cables

Just as Fibre optic patch panels and patch cables attempt to percent damage to the fiber cables going out to the buildings, a fiber box and cables do the same for fiber optic cable. The fiber from the other part of the LAN/WAN system connects inside the fiber box and a fiber patch cable is used to connect the box to the hub.

Using the repeaters

Repeaters were the most basic type of active high speed LAN/WAN equipment in the most recent past. They operated solely at the physical layer, receiving a signal on one port, or connection, and rebroadcasting it on all of its other ports. Repeaters could extend a new network beyond the limits imposed by the cables, by boosting the signal level. Today, repeaters are seldom used in new networks. Modern (and more expensive) devices look at the message the signals carry to determine whether they really need to pass each message to the next segment.

Using Fiberstore Patch Panel

Fiberstore patch panel is a special type of patch panel. When connecting rooms, a patch cable runs from the normal patch panel to the Fiberstore patch panel. This connects all of the networks to the Fiberstore patch panel.

If a building has many devices to connect, a good solution is to use a Fiber Box. A fiber box connects to an Ethernet port on a hub and to a Fiberstore patch panel. It converts the packets on the networks into Ethernet packets. This allows workstations on a network to act as if they were directly on the Ethernet network. The fiber Box is a smaller version that can connect to a single network and bridge that network to an Ethernet network.

Finally, maybe someone has interested in the related fiber optical products from the article, it you want to Buy Patch Panel, Fiberstore is good choice. more info you can visit it directly.