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What is a Fibre Patch Panel? Back to Basics
There are many variation of fibre patch panels, MCL Data Solutions have been manufacturing them for over 10 years in the UK for COLT, Verizon and other telecom companies. Here is a quick guide to help the beginners to fibre optical patch panels.
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A fibre patch panel essentially comprises two parts; a panel housing fibre adapters (also termed ‘bulkheads’
Simple patch panels with no splicing compartment are used for presenting pre-terminated backbone cables which are simply plugged directly in to the back of the fibre adaptors. MCL Data Solutions offers this type of low-cost panel (also called a ‘thru-coupler panel’) in a variety of styles with optional front management trays and rear tie-bars, catering for all connector types. This solution is ideal for datacentres, telecom rooms and CCTV / media racks – or wherever a pre-terminated backbone cable is used.
Patch panels with facilities for managing splices use pigtails (short lengths of fibre with connectors on one end only) plugged in to the backs of the adaptors onto which the individual fibres are spliced. The incoming cable is attached to the back of the panel using glands or clamps, and the individual fibres pass into the splicing area. MCL offer a range of this type of patch panel, from very basic low-cost units to high-quality panels for more critical applications. These panels adopt a system of total-fibre-
Optical fibre patch panels usually take the form of a standard 19” rack-mountable panel, but other types are available to suit a range of environments – such as low-profile wall mount patch panels (http://mcldatasolutions.co.uk/
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