A fiber optic patch panel is a built-in unit for fiber optics management. It has an appearance of a box enclosure. However, it does more than just serve as protection to several sets of fibers being used for communications. It can also serve as a mechanism in which you can handle the fibers easily and conveniently to serve your purpose. It is here that you can route fiber optic cables, add connections, or put a stop to its functions just as the ordinary junction box does to your electrical wires. With telephone companies, cable TV and Internet service providers now using fiber optics to deliver services to your home, you may find it necessary to install one of this in your home.
There are two types of panels you can have. You can have either a wall-mounted one or a rack panel. If you do not have enough space in your place and if you do not have too many fiber optics cables around, you can have your panel mounted on a wall. Otherwise, you will need a rack on which you can place your cable panel. The following steps can be of help if you are planning to prepare one.
- Get hold of an expert’s advice on how this mechanism should be prepared. If you cannot talk to one, research for printed and online manuals or articles that discusses the process. You may also order an instructional how-to series CD, particularly on the matter.
- Purchase a panel but before this, determine first the type of panel you will need. Consider the modular panel quantity you will need to accommodate. This is important in order for you to order the correct specifications. If possible, make sure that you get to buy one with routing guides in order to avoid unnecessary bends and prevent straining the fiber optic cables. In this regard, you may consider having a leviton panel.
- Determine the location of your panel. Just make sure that, whether it is wall-mounted or rack, it is placed where the cable passes and where it is accessible for you to make future adjustments when needed.
- Once your panel is in place, prepare your fiber optic cables by making the necessary splicing, cutting, and fanning out. Be careful not to make damages in doing these. Otherwise, you will have problems with the services the fiber optic cables are providing you. There are modules particular to this subject that you may find necessary to get.
- After the connections in the fiber panel is set in place, install the patch cord. If there are no other issues arising, this should be the last step.
In preparing your fiber optic patch panel, you should have a resource material ready. If you encounter problems, you can easily refer to this to find out the solutions. Some of these are available as it goes with the panel that you buy.