Installation Process and Selection Methods of Fiber Optic Distribution Frame

Fiber optic patch panel is now widely used. Its main function is to accommodate fiber optic and components for fiber optic activity conversion, thus fixing and storing fiber optic, terminating fiber optic, installing fiber optic couplers, and protecting fiber optic connectors from damage. So how should we install and select fiber optic patch panels? Let's learn about the installation process and selection methods of fiber optic patch panels.

 Fiber optic patch panel  installation and selection

Like many other products on the market, fiber optic patch panels have common features and different characteristics, different shapes and specifications. Each manufacturer has its own unique styles and main features. Therefore, when choosing fiber optic patch panels, the first factor we need to consider is whether it will be installed on the wall or in the rack, and whether it will be used for horizontal systems, backbone networks, or centralized cabling.

Fiber optic patch panels are generally installed in distribution cabinets. In small installations, they may also be directly installed on walls. If the distribution frame is used for a horizontal system, its density will be relatively high. Centralized fiber optic comprehensive cabling technology can form a backbone or horizontal channel within a building, and then use optical cables pulled from work areas, interconnected, or spliced to the central distributor to create this channel.

When used in horizontal systems or centralized cabling, the fiber optic can be multimode or single-mode fiber optic cables. The backbone fiber optic can be multimode, single-mode, or hybrid fiber optic, which are usually supplemented with connectors for networking hardware.

The quantity and size of fiber optic entering the distribution frame should be considered to ensure that enough appropriately sized holes are available to accommodate fiber optic cable sealing tubes. If using small form factor (SFF) connectors, a 1U distribution frame can accommodate up to 24 duplex connectors or 48 fiber optic bundles.

How to choose a suitable patch panel for fiber optic installation? What issues do we need to consider?

The first thing to consider is the amount of fiber optic cable reserved: A certain amount of fiber optic cable should be reserved to ensure that a fiber strength film is generated on the distribution frame chassis. This can prevent fiber optic from being pulled out of the distribution frame and avoid excessive stress on the cable.

Secondly, its protective performance: The fiber optic patch panel should provide sufficient protection for connectors to prevent accidental contact.

Lastly, its applicability: The fiber optic patch panel should allow for the removal of existing connectors and the addition of new connectors or fiber optic, and it must be able to store and identify non-connector fiber optic from horizontal or backbone cables.

Through learning about the installation process and selection methods of fiber optic patch panels, we believe that everyone has gained a deep understanding of this product. Feel free to inquire.

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