2023 Fiber Patch Panels Guide

Fiber patch panel

1. Select Enclosure

Fiber enclosures allow for several types of fiber optic cable to be spliced together and routed to different points in a building. A fiber optic patch panel or wall mount enclosure not only enables electricians and network engineers to connect and manipulate cables, but it also offers a safe working environment for upgrades, retrofits and more. When choosing a fiber enclosure, consider the following: Size? Capacity? Features? Do you need it to lock for added security? Depending how easily you need to be able to access it you may choose a swing door, single or dual door, etc.

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Rackmount Fiber Patch Panels

Having a centralized location to manage fiber network connections minimizes system downtime and expedites maintenance. Fiber Optic Patch Panels, also known as fiber optic distribution boxes or fiber termination boxes, provide organization, an access point for cable termination, and physical security all while sustaining the proper bend radius of the cables inside. Safeguard your high-speed network with superior organization and protection using a Fiber Enclosure.

Wall Mount Fiber Patch Panels

You cannot beat the safety, security, and convenience of a Fiber Optic Wall Mount Patch Panel. Keeping your fiber connections organized in a secure and centralized location safeguards delicate network components, while promoting efficiency through expediting system maintenance as well as minimizing network downtime.

Our assortment of Wall Mount Fiber Optic Enclosure panel products includes: 

  • Loaded Wall Mount Fiber Enclosures 
  • Added Security Enclosures
  • Single Door Enclosures
  • Dual Door Wall Mount Fiber Enclosures 
  • NEMA Rated Enclosures
  • Plastic Fiber Distribution Units
  • Wall Mount Accessories

Single and dual door fiber optic wall mount enclosures keep your patch panels, connectors, and additional wall mount fiber enclosure components safe and secure. We offer NEMA rated enclosures for top-of-the-line quality and durability on indoor and outdoor fiber patch panels. A loaded fiber optic wall mount termination box comes equipped with cable routing spools, splice trays, and accessories to expedite the installation process. These sturdy, versatile units offer a 4 port / 4 splice to a 16 port / 24 splice configuration; this allows easy maintenance and installations for network engineers, electricians, and professionals.

We also offer the odds and ends to complete the ideal Wall Mount Fiber Enclosure. You might want to consider the following:

  • Cable Entry Kits add connectivity and convenience.
  • Multiport Grommet Inserts prevent cable kinks, bends, and tears.
  • Multiport Inserts (4, 6 or 8 entries) allow greater flexibility for integrating practically.
  • Preloaded Wall Mount Patch Panels can be customized with the specific fiber connections you need and offer up to 384 ports.
  • Server racks and network Enclosures are designed to be a cost-effective solution that addresses your network infrastructure needs.

Outdoor Fiber Distribution Boxes

For all of your outdoor fiber distribution needs, Fiber Savvy offers an excellent solution. Our Outdoor Fiber Termination Boxes are specially designed to house and protect the various amounts of simplex or duplex adapters that you need for FTTH, FTTB, or FTTC.  Easily connect your SC or LC adapters into an Outdoor Fiber Enclosure and be able to split out your bulk fiber in up to 16 different run locations while simultaneously safeguarding your network connection.

Get the right tools for the job!

Having the right tools will help save you time and money when installing and servicing your Outdoor Fiber Box. Make sure that you are prepared for your next fiber optic cable installation project with Fiber Savvy’s wide selection of Fiber Tools and Fiber Optic Testers.

2. Adapter Plates

Different connector types can mean trouble for your network if you’re not prepared. Make sure you can handle any upgrade or new installation with a fiber optic adapter plate.

Establish a Faultless Fiber Connection

Having the correct connector type is the key to a thriving network. Make sure that you can handle any upgrade or new installation with a Fiber Adapter Plate that is designed to accommodate numerous connector variations. Fiber adapter panel facilitates a vast assortment of connectors.

Our Fiber Adapter Panel selection and Fiber Optic Adapter Plates include:

  • LC Single Mode Adapter Plates
  • LC Multimode Adapter Plates
  • LC 10 Gig Multimode Adapter Plates
  • SC Single Mode Adapter Plates
  • SC Multimode Adapter Plates
  • SC 10 Gig Multimode Adapter Plates
  • ST Single Mode Adapter Plates
  • ST Multimode Adapter Plates
  • MTP Loaded Adapter Plates
  • MTRJ Loaded Adapter Plates
  • Cassette Modules & Blank Adapter Plates

To accompany both Fiber Optic Wall Mount Enclosures and Fiber Optic Rack Mount Patch Panels, we have developed a snap-in Fiber Adapter Plate that is versatile enough to meet any fiber application and durable enough to withstand field installations. Each Fiber Panel offers the highest level of performance parameters for the application specified and has the option of being loaded into fiber cabinets for easy plug-and-go capability.

3. Connector Types

A connector assembly consists of an adapter and two connector plugs. Different connectors are required for multimode and single-mode fibers. A variety of optical fiber connectors are available, but SC and LC connectors are the most common types. Other types available are ST, FC and even MTP connectors.

Fiber Connectors

Our Fiber Connector Collection

Fiber Optic Cable Connectors are used to connect two runs of fiber optic cable. The most popular versions include, push-on Square Connectors (SC), snap-in Lucent Connectors (LC), and twist-on Straight Tip Connectors (ST). Dataworld Systems also supply MIL-SPEC Fiber Cable Connectors for harsh, rugged environments including military applications. Our selection includes PC, UPC, and APC Fiber Optic Connector polish types. 

Most Fiber Cable Connectors are spring loaded so that the fiber faces are pressed together when the connectors are mated. This eliminates the air gap at the point of connection, resulting in minimal signal loss. However, there are two negative characteristics of fiber connectors to be considered: attenuation and reflection.

It is of particular importance to minimize these characteristics especially for long distance networking, as they can negatively impact functionality. Furthermore, our fiber optic cable connectors are manufactured of superior quality materials, delivering reliability that you can depend on. 

Another popular Optical Cable Connector that Fiber Savvy supplies is the Corning UniCam Fiber Connector. This widely implemented Fiber Connector can be installed in about 45 seconds without consumables and offers best-in-class optical performance as a field-termination solution; additionally, the high-precision ceramic ferrule multimode connectors guarantee a 0.1 dB typical/0.5 dB maximum insertion loss per connector pair for exceptional network productivity.

Our Fiber Connector Types Include:

  • SC Fiber Connector are push-pull connectors. These fiber cable connectors are the most common choice for fiber to the home (FTTH) applications for datacom and telecom. GBIC modules also require this connector type.
  • LC Fiber Connector are a type of push and pull connector like the SC connector, only this optical cable connector has a locking tab. There is a smaller ferrule employed within this connector, making it popular for high density data applications. Some considers the LC connector to be the replacement of the SC connector.
  • ST Fiber Connector, also known as straight tip connectors, utilize a bayonet style coupling type, enabling a simple twist-on and twist-off installation.
  • MIL-SPEC Fiber Connectors are used by the U.S. Department of Defense and were originally developed in the 1930s for severe aeronautical and tactical service applications. The army-navy (AN) series set the standard for modern military circular connectors. These connectors and their evolutionary derivatives are often called Military Standard, MIL-STD, or MIL-SPEC Connectors. They are now used in aerospace, industrial, marine, and even automotive commercial applications.

4. Splicing Trays

A fiber optic splice tray provides a place to shield and protect the fiber cables and the splices. This allows a safe environment to install and upgrade those critical network connections. Choose a fiber optic splice tray with a plastic or aluminum base.
Pigtails are used in conjunction with splicing trays as each strand is terminated on one end and the other end is left blunt.

Plastic or Aluminum Fiber Splice Trays?

The Fiber Splice Tray, 12 Single Fusion Splices, Plastic, 0.5”x7”x4.75” is made to safely organize and store fiber optic splices, while remaining compliant with industry specifications. This Fiber Splice Tray, manufactured of plastic with a blue base and a clear cover, accommodates up to a dozen single fusion splices. Moreover, this particular Splice Tray is fully compliant with Telecordia GR-769 and fits standardized patch panels and wall mount enclosures.

We also offer the Fiber Splice Tray, 24 Single Fusion Splices, Aluminum, 0.5”x12.25”x4” for larger scale fiber networking applications. This fiber splice tray secures up to 16 mechanical splices or 24 single fusion splices; adhesive backed fiber insert-holders and assorted cable ties are included with this unit that is manufactured of black aluminum.

Consider Our Fiber Patch Panels to Enhance Your Network’s Level of Security

No fiber network is complete without Rack Mount Fiber Patch Panels, such as the Fiber Patch Panel, Slide-Out, Up to 72 Ports, 1U. This product is designed to support patching and splicing in one unit, accommodating up to 72 fibers; additionally, there is a slide out master panel with an integrated “tray stop” to prevent the over extension of fiber optic cable as well as drawer slides that are nylon, which makes the drawer slide in and out with ease.

5. Fiber Cables

Can be ordered with Single Mode 9/125, Multimode 62.5/125 OM1, Multimode 50/125 OM2 and Multimode 10 Gig 50/125 OM3 fiber. With options for pre-terminated cables including connectors. Available as indoor only, indoor/outdoor and outdoor only outer jackets using Plenum, Riser and Polyethylene materials to provide the best protection and meet any fire-code requirements needed. These cables can be cut to any desired length and come in 2, 4, 6, 8, 12, 24, 48 and 72 strand counts, allowing for versatility in custom applications.

Fiber Patch Cables

Fiber Optic Patch Cables are short distance fiber cables capped with connectors at both ends. Fiber Patch Cables are commonly used for easy installation when paired with patch panels, optical switches, and/or telco equipment. There are several types of fiber such as, single mode and multimode OM1, OM3, OM4 and OM5; all types of cable are available and outfitted with LC, SC, or ST connectors in PC, UPC, and APC polish types. The significance in choosing the correct type of connector and desired polish type is establishing a connection that will link your cables, further enhancing your fiber optic network for years to come.

What are Fiber Patch Cables used for?

Fiber optic patch cables are used for linking the equipment and components. We have fiber optic patch cable with different fiber connector types: Singlemode and Multimode OM1, Multimode OM3, Multimode OM4, our low insertion loss and low back reflection. Fiber patch cables are widely applied in Telecommunication Networks, Gigabit Ethernet and Premise Installations.