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What Loaded Options Can You Choose for Rack Mount Fiber Enclosures?

What Loaded Options Can You Choose for Rack Mount Fiber Enclosures?

Rack mount fiber enclosure with various rack unit configurations, such as 1U, 2U, 4U, etc. plays a very important role in cable patching, storage and protection for rack fiber cable management in the data center. With various loaded options, they can satisfy all kinds of applications according to users’ requirements. This tutorial will present the common loaded options that you can choose for rack mount fiber enclosures.

Loaded With Fiber Adapter Panels (FAPs)

Rack mount fiber enclosures loaded with fiber adapter panels are very commonly used in fiber optic cabling, e.g. backbone cabling. The adapter panels are generally available in LC, SC and MPO/MTP, etc. According to varying quantities of adapters loaded on the FAPs, they can support up to 96 fiber distributions. For the universal 12-fiber and 24-fiber FAPs, rack mount enclosures with different rack unit configurations can hold varying quantities of them. Generally, 1U enclosure can support up to 4 FAPs, while 4U enclosure can support up to 12 FAPs. Some common FAPs options are listed below:

LC Fiber Adapter Panels
LC-FAP for fiber enclosures

MPO/MTP Fiber Adapter Panels
MTP-FAP for fiber enclosures

Rack mount fiber enclosures loaded with FAPs can be applied in both pre-terminated and field-terminated cabling environments. Depending on your applications, spools or splice trays are required to be installed.

spool&splice of fiber enclsoures

Loaded With MPO/MTP Cassettes

In addition to FAPs, rack mount fiber enclosures can also be loaded with MPO/MTP cassettes, providing secure transition between MPO/MTP and LC or SC discrete connectors. The MPO/MTP cassettes are available in LGX and HD type which can meet the demands on both universal and high-density applications. Moreover, using cassettes with TAP ports, users can easy to access and monitor the data. Similar to the FAPs option, rack mount enclosures with different rack unit configurations can hold varying quantities of cassettes. In general, 1U enclosure can support up to 4 cassettes, while 4U enclosure can support up to 12 cassettes. Rack mount enclosures loaded with MPO/MTP cassettes are an ideal solution for 10G to 40/100G migration in today’s data centers. The following picture shows us some common types of MPO/MTP cassettes.

LGX Cassettes
LGX-cassette for fiber enclsoures
HD Cassettes
HD-cassette for fiber enclsoures


The above contents presented the basic loaded options for rack mount enclosures. Actually, you may have more options in practice, for different types of rack mount fiber enclosures. To obtain the most cost-effective effects on your applications, you had better seek advice from a reliable vendor. FS.COM may be a good choice for you. For more details about FS.COM, you can visit

Introduction to High-Density MTP/MPO Modular Patch Panel System

Introduction to High-Density MTP/MPO Modular Patch Panel System

With the increasing demands on higher speed and more bandwidth, high density is becoming a main trend in today’s data centers. MPO/MTP pre-terminated solutions that are resulting in a fast interconnection of network components and a high utilization of fibers are launched to market to meet the demands on high-density cabling and connectivity. In today’s topic, I am going to introduce something about the high-density (HD) MTP/MPO modular patch panel system—an ideal patching solution in high-density cabling in data centers.

Main Products in HD MTP/MPO Modular Patch Panel System

High-Density Fiber Enclosures
High-density fiber enclosures, also called high-density fiber patch panels, HD enclosures or HD patch panels, are designed to accommodate up to 96 discrete connections within a 1RU panel space or 288 connections within a 4RU panel space. In general, the panel holds up to 4 or 5 cassette modules. Each cassette module support incoming fibers from either MPO/MTP trunk cables or directly terminated cable being connected to the cassette.


High-Density MPO/MTP Cassettes
The high-density (HD) MPO/MTP cassette is a type of MPO/MTP cassette exclusively designed for high-density applications. Though the HD MPO/MTP cassette is also used for secure transition between MTP and LC or SC discreet connectors, it is more compact than the traditional LGX MPO/MTP cassette, so that it can be more suitable for high-density applications, helping users saving more spaces.


Advantages of HD MTP/MPO Modular Patch Panel System

Compared to the previous patch panel solutions, the most obvious advantage of HD MTP/MPO modular patch panel system is to save more spaces. As the following picture shown, a 1RU patch panel in HD MTP/MPO Modular Patch Panel system can hold up to 5 HD cassettes, but a traditional panel can only hold up to 3 cassettes. In addition, the HD MTP/MPO modular patch panel system is easy to install and access as the fiber enclosure has a more flexible design. Moreover, the modular design is better for cable management and accommodates the trends of modular data centers.

HD patch panel system

LGX cassette system


Applications of HD MTP/MPO Modular Patch Panel System

The HD MTP/MPO modular patch panel system can be used in MDA (Main Distribution Area), HDA (Horizontal Distribution Area), EDA (Equipment Distribution Area), etc. in data center cabling where needs more high-density patching or more space saving. The 4RU enclosure is generally used in MDA while the 1RU is used in the server rack or SAN (Storage Area Network) director cabinet. Used with the MPO/MTP trunk, patch cables and fan-out cables, it can achieve the interconnection between the equipment and cables in these areas.


Compact & modular design, fast installation and easy management are the trends of next generation fiber connectivity. MPO/MTP pre-terminated solutions are the ideal choice to meet these demands. HD MTP/MPO modular patch panel system, as an important part of MPO/MTP pre-terminated solutions is designed specifically for high-densiy data center cabling applications. For more information about the MPO/MTP pre-terminated solutions, please visit here.

Introduction to High-Density MTP/MPO Modular Patch Panel System

What Should Be Considered When Choosing Fiber Patch Panels?

What Should Be Considered When Choosing Fiber Patch Panels?

Fiber patch panel, also called fiber enclosure, is used as a cost-effective method of fiber optic cable management and maintenance in today’s data center. With a fiber patch panel, installers can quickly do the cabling just by making changes to cables on the patch panel itself. What’s more, the patch panel also allows for easier cable management and identification of fiber cable routing. Nowadays, there are various of fiber patch panels on the market. Facing with a dazzling array of options, how to choose the right patch panel for your fiber network? This post introduces several points you should consider when choosing fiber patch panels.

Port Density

Port density seems to be a main concern when choosing a fiber patch panel, since the high density is becoming one of an important trends in data centers. At present, a normal 1RU fiber patch panel can support up to 48 ports while a high-density patch panel can support up to 96 ports. For MPO/MTP solution, there are ultra density panels which can support up to 144 ports in 1RU size. In addition, fiber enclosures with 2RU or 4RU size can help achieve higher port density, meeting any of your port requirement.


Rack Size

In general, rack size is used U or RU as its unit. This unit describes the height of equipment designed to mount in a rack. In data centers, the most commonly used rack size is 1RU. Additionally, 2RU and 4RU are also used for high-density applications. In this section, you should choose the proper size depending on your preferred working place of the panels.

rack unit

Loaded or Unloaded?

When choosing a fiber patch panel, you will meet another parameters, such as loaded patch panel or unloaded patch panel. The loaded patch panel means that the patch panel is loaded with adapter panels, or cassettes sometimes. In data center applications, the most widely used adapter panels are equipped with LC and MTP adapters. Contrary to loaded fiber patch panel is the unloaded patch panel. For unloaded fiber patch panel, users should select cassettes and/or adapter panels according to their fiber connector type or use a splice tray for single- and mass-fusing. Unloaded fiber patch panel is more flexible than the loaded one, but may need an extra purchase for the accessories.

loaded and unloaded

Whether for 40/100G Migration?

If you are going to upgrade your network from the existing 10G infrastructure to high-speed 40/100G network, the MPO/MTP breakout patch panel solution may be an ideal choice for you. With LC adapter panels loaded in the front panel and MPO/MTP adapter(s) loaded in the rear panel, the MPO/MTP breakout patch panels offer a high density, flexible architecture, and high efficiency solution for your migration plan. In addition, MPO/MTP cassette is also a great way to save time and space for your upgrade plan.

40/100G migration

After reading this post, have you already got the proper fiber patch panel in mind? If you are still not sure which is the most appropriate one for you, you can contact us via or e-mail We will give you a few product guides according to your requirement.

If you have any ideas, experiences or skills for selecting fiber optic patch panels, welcome to share here. Thanks for reading!

What should be considered when choosing fiber patch panel?

Modular Fiber Patch Panel Solution – an Ideal Path for Today’s & Tomorrow’s Network Upgrade

Modular Fiber Patch Panel Solution – an Ideal Path for Today’s & Tomorrow’s Network Upgrade

As 40/100G fiber network becomes a popular option in data centers, how to connect 40/100G devices with existing 10G devices in a cost-effective manner becomes a primary challenge for most of the data center operators. Breakout cables and modular patch panels two main solutions to address this challenge. However, the breakout cabling solution is limited to use in high-density data center because of its cable congestion, higher cost of maintenance etc. Modular patch panel solutions solve this issues of breakout cabling solutions, offering users a more cost-effective path for today’s and tomorrow’s network upgrade.

What’s Modular Patch Panel?
Modular patch panel is integrated a range of modular, removable fiber assemblies in a rack-mount panels. Based on the same working principle with breakout cables, modular patch panel provides a mature and highly scalable alternative to breakout cables since it allows users to seamlessly and conveniently integrate equipment with different network speeds for today’s and even tomorrow’s connectivity needs. With a compact and easy maintenance design, it can support a variety of fiber network standards. Moreover, it is easy to mix, match, add, and replace so that it can satisfy all kinds of connectivity needs in data centers.

How Modular Patch Panel Work?
The modular fiber panels and cassettes are the key to this solution. Just by an easy plug-and-play step, you can easily complete the connectivity between two standard ports, eliminating the complicated cable management segment.

modular patch panel

Benefits & Challenges
There are more advantages of modular patch panel solution over the breakout cabling solution. The modular patch panel solution provides flexibility and scalability for your network upgrade, allowing users to connect diverse network cabling standard seamlessly, without the costly, labor-intensive hassle of replacing channels end-to-end. Designed with standard patch cables, it offers a reliable and readily available option for users. Moreover, with its compact size, it can help save more space and reduce cable congestion.

The biggest challenge of using modular patch panel solution is how to select the right one to meet your current needs, as well as adapting to and growing with your future needs, because it involves the cost, supported network standard, and the whole network plan concerns.

The above contents show us the details about modular patch panel solutions. It seems to be a better choice for network migration. But users should choose the right one according to their current and future plan to ensure a maximum return on investment. FS.COM offers a full range of breakout cables and modular patch panels with competitive prices and high quality, such as MTP harness cables, 40GBASE-SR4 breakout patch panel, high-density 144 ports patch panel, and so on. For more information, please contact us over or call 1 718 577 1006.

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Choose Suitable Patch Panel For Particular Situations

Choose Suitable Patch Panel For Particular Situations

Patch panel has two kinds which are wall-mounted and rack-mounted versions. As surmounting trouble rises, an optical fiber technician must choose the the most suitable patch panel for the situation. What should be recognized is which involves easy installation, proper termination and long term maintenance, because not all patch panels are made equally.

Fiber optic cable is robust and for that reason deserves some kind of special treatment. For example, if a horizontal copper cable is damaged, one user will be affected, while if a backbone fiber optic cable goes down, it will take lots of users down by using it. For this reason using fully enclosed connecting hardware (fiber optic patch panel) for optical fiber cable is crucial. And it is even the reason why technician must choose from using wall-mounted or rack-mounted hardware. The optical fiber density required will likely influence the technicians’ choice between the wall-mounted and rack-mounted connectivity. As fiber patch cord types used by many technicians are various, choosing the right patch panel involves be considered a common thing.

Difference Between Wall-Mounted And Rack-Mounted Patch Panels

  • Wall-mounted patch panels are compatible with the fiber optic cable count generally as much as 24 fibers, and may extend to as many as 144 fibers through small form factors and high density connectors. Wall-mount patch panels offer the benefit of reduced space on the floor requirements.
  • Rack-mounted patch panels may be used with higher fabric counts or depending on the proximity to communications equipment where rack-mounted patch panels are preferable. 1U patch panels are designed for as much as 24 optical fiber cables with ST or SC connectors, or as much as 48 optical fibers by utilizing small form factor connectors. For extra protection, 2U to 4U patch panels can be used to handle as much as 144 optical fiber connections.

In a MPO cable, a 12 fiber MPO connector can speed installation time and increase the concentration of connection hardware. The factory terminated and tested cassettes look after breaking out the optical fibers from the MPO connectors to ST, SC, or MT-RJ connectors. The MPO cassette can double the amount concentration that is possible in rack-mount patch panels, up to 72 optical fibers in a 1U patch panel and 288 optical fibers inside a 4U patch panel, making these optical fibers perfectly fit to satisfy high density applications, such as data centers and storage space networks.

Accessibility is an issue for very long term maintenance when selecting a rack-mount patch panel. The 1U patch panels may have a an access panel to achieve the rear optical fibers, while larger patch panels could have a removable rear cover with adequate room inside to create changes or perform repairs. Strain relief and loop management for incoming cables should be provided, nonetheless management devices should be sufficiently small as to not interfere with accessibility optical fibers. Cable management for patch cords should be provided on the front of the patch panel with clear front covers and labeling arranged to ease moves, adds and changes and by ensuring that port identification is not obscured by patch cords.

Since copper patch panels need to be sufficiently strong not to flex an excessive amount of because the cables are punched down. The rolled edges around the panel sheet metal stock help to make the patch panels rigid.

Copper patch panels should provide 24 ports in a 1U height or 48 ports inside a 2U height. It is essential to make sure that the modular jacks and circuit traces on the panels are safe from debris that can short out circuits. All cable management systems must be simple to use and keep to avoid any potential problems.