PowerCat 6 Patch Panels are the premier Molex patch panel product line. A key product used in both Category 6 link and channel gigabit. Offering both front and rear labeling options, the patch panel is constructed of cold-rolled steel for additional strength and durability. Features & Benefits Technical Info. 24 Ports 1U; EIA. Product Compatibility Compatibility. Patch Panels & Work Area Outlets. To help our customers find the right labels for their equipment we have compiled the compatibility chart below. Updated regularly, select from over 30 manufacturers to find the correct Sharpmark label part for your equipment. If the piece of equipment.
The 24 Port (1U) and 48 Port (2U) PowerCat 6A Shielded Patch Panels are made from robust sheet metal. These panels are also supplied with robust removable rear cable management trays for cable strain relief and neat cable dressing. Port numbering is provided on the front and rear of the panel and individual ports may be color coded using connector icon labels for site specific network administration.
The 24 Port (1U) and 48 Port (2U) PowerCat 6A Shielded Angled Patch Panels are made from robust 1.6mm gauge sheet metal. These panels are also supplied with robust rear cable management trays for cable strain relief and neat cable dressing. Port numbering is provided on the front and rear of the panel and individual ports may be colour coded using connector icon labels for site specific network administration. The angled design provides enhanced port access and minimises patch cord bend radius whilst also eliminating the need for horizontal cable rack mangers, and therefore frees up rack space for higher port density.
CommScope has collaborated with DYMO, a brand of RHINO Professional Labeling Tools and part of Newell Rubbermaid, to support the development and distribution of pre-formatted electronic templates, making the labeling of structured cabling systems easier and more efficient for installers. The new templates are compatible with the RHINO 6000 and RHINO 6500 label printers only. The electronic templates can be downloaded free of charge from the resource section of DYMO's website, and imported into RHINO CONNECT software. Label information can then be entered into the template either manually or directly from a Windows-based PC application and then printed onto labels that specifically fit CommScope structured cabling components.
CommScope has partnered with Silver Fox to utilize labeling software, label sheets and templates. The templates and functionality are specifically geared to CommScope NETCONNECT products such as patch panels, wiring/connector blocks, outlets/faceplates, and cable/patch cord labels.
OptoSpan 2U High Density Fiber Optic Patch Panel. This shallow depth (7") compact fiber optic patch panel is loaded with Qty. 6 24 fiber LC-MTP Elite Single-mode Low Loss MTP Cassettes with a total of 144 LC (72 Duplex LC) fiber ports in front and 6 Loss Optimized MTP Elite (24 Fiber Connector) Male/Pinned rear ports. Configured for Polarity A and designed for implementations in 40G/100G networks, this fiber optic patch panel is designed for Data Centers, Telecommunication and Enterprise network environment. Expandable to 288 LC fiber adapter ports. All OptoSpan Matrix Ultra Elite Fiber Optic Patch Panels include:
By the 1940s, broadcast radio stations were using Western Electric Code No. 103 plugs and matching jacks for patching audio throughout studios. This connector was used because of its use in AT&T's Long Line circuits for distribution of audio programs over the radio networks' leased telephone lines. Because of the large amount of space these patch panels required, the industry began switching to 3-conductor plugs and jacks in the late 1940s, using the WE Type 291 plug with WE type 239 jacks. The type 291 plug was used instead of the standard type 110 switchboard plug because the location of the large bulb shape on this TRS plug would have resulted in both audio signal connections being shorted together for a brief moment while the plug is being inserted and removed. The Type 291 plug avoids this by having a shorter tip.[page needed]
Patch panels (see table, page 86) serve as the nerve center for the cabling network. Simply put, according to Salvador Lara, marketing communications manager for Unicom Electric (www.unicomlink.com), the patch panel is "where all the horizontal cabling in the infrastructure is consolidated." Patch panels let you terminate cable elements and connect the signal (via a patch cord) to its final destination.
"Patch panels form the main link to collect data, and route it to where it needs to go," explains Douglas Peck, vice president of operations for Allen Tel Products (www.allentel.com). Patch panels are critical, and if a malfunction occurs, it can cause the whole system to fail. Joe Craig, general manager for Allen Tel, describes patch panels as "an enhancement to the entire communications system."Often found in a building's telecommunications closet, patch panels serve a central role in the administration of the telecommunications network. "They provide ease of administration," says Lara, by enabling the process of moves, adds, and changes (MACs) in complex spaces. In today's complex office architecture, patch panels represent "the only way to transfer lines from one office to the next," says Craig.
For example, if two workers must transfer desk locations, a simple switch of patch cords into various ports on a patch panel can ease the move. Without this capability, much time and energy would be spent terminating cable that would have to be hard-wired.
"Patch panels are instrumental regarding MACs in the closet of any wiring topology," explains Christopher Such, senior sales support for Gruber (www.gruber.com). The only time a patch panel would not be necessary, says Such, is at "Joe's Sandwich Shop." In other words, settings featuring home-run wiring running from the hub directly to the workstation. These settings do not require a patch panel because they do not need an intermediary point, and most likely will not accommodate any MACs going forward.
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.
Such is adamant that there is a "night and day difference between copper and fiber." He explains that with copper, each pair of wires has one port. Fiber requires two ports-one for the transmit end and one for the receiving end, because each tube of glass can only transmit in one direction. Fiber panels do not have any "real" patching, according to Lara, because the fiber is fed through a coupler and no hard-wiring is involved.
"Fiber is a lot simpler to install," says to Walt Takisaki, director of fiber optic product management for Telect (www. telect.com). The traditional fiber patch panel, according to Takisaki, typically features 72 or 96 ports. A high port count is required since two ports must accommodate each fiber cable.
There is no doubt that fiber is much faster than copper. But Peck identifies the main role of patch panels as "directing signal traffic" rather than moving the signal along at a certain speed. Both copper and fiber panels are governed by the same TIA/EIA standards required to produce speed and signal performance for the rest of the cabling network. "TIA/EIA is the highest level of criteria that products must perform to," says Such. "They must perform to be globally competitive." Patch panels must coerce data into performing up to the standards. Gruber claims to be able to enhance the signal through the use of proprietary wiring on the circuit boards.
Ports are one of the most important of patch panel components. These physical connection points provide a place for data to enter and exit the panel. The majority of copper panels have one wire terminated to an IDC block at the back of the panel, and then an 8-pin modular port on the front of the panel. Patch cords can then be easily placed into the ports.
Patch panels typically consist of four or eight modules of eight ports each, for a total of 24 or 48 ports respectively. But panels can consist of up to 96 ports and have been known to reach 336. Telect even offers a special patch panel featuring 1,536 ports for backbone fiber-optic cable. There is no physical limit to the number of ports possible on a panel, according to Peck. He says that "As long as there is room, you can go up and fill an 8-foot rack without interfering with the integrity of the panel."
The majority of manufacturers are making cable management a primary focus of new patch panel designs. Unicom's Lara points out that "Cable management is a detail most often missed when installing a patch panel." This has been a primary area of design focus for Unicom, he says, and the company recently introduced its front-access panel that lets all termination and cable management activity be conducted from the front. Available with either 12 or 24 ports, the front-termination patch panel can be a solution for installations where space is critical.
Gruber's TP Series of patch panels has wire management built in. Such explains that the only external wire management is for patch cords. The internal management is added onto the panels at no additional cost. Gruber is also working to overhaul its UP Series panels to include cable management and enhanced performance by the end of the third quarter of this year.
There is no lack of industry opinion on the installation of patch panels. One camp, of which Takisaki is a member, believes that installing patch panels is fairly simple. "Running all the cable is more difficult than installing a patch panel. They are just bolted in," says Takisaki. Allen Tel Products concurs that patch panels are one of the easiest components to install, with the average 48 port panel taking less than an hour. 2b1af7f3a8