What Is SNMP and How SNMP Works

IT System administrators are responsible for collecting work details of the servers and infrastructures, so as to provide a reference for subsequent network adjustment and improvement. But it’s a difficult task in large systems with hundreds or thousands of devices. SNMP protocol is born to solve this problem that lets the technicians monitor the network devices such as data switch, routers and other devices from a single management host. So what is SNMP, and how SNMP works?

What Is SNMP?

SNMP, also written as Simple Network Management Protocol, is an Internet standard protocol implemented on the application layer. The protocol was created in 1898 as a way of monitoring network performance, error rates and so on. The main purpose of SNMP is to define a unified interface and protocol for devices of different categories, versions and manufactures. Thus, assisted by SNMP, system administrators can remotely monitor and manage the numbers of systems and devices on a network, which can greatly simplify their work and improve efficiency of network administration.

How SNMP Works?

Knowing what is SNMP, here we focus on how SNMP works. In SNMP tutorial, to monitor network effectively, SNMP relies on an architecture consisting of the three parts.

SNMP managers: They can be any type of network machine including but not limited to PoE network switch, access servers, etc that has run SNMP to collect and process information of the devices on the network.

SNMP agents: They are the network-management software modules that run on the network node. They are responsible for gathering local system’s information and translating it to an SNMP-specific form.

Network management station: It’s the base that is shared between agents and managers. And it offers the memory and processing resources to the network.

SNMP works by sending message which is called protocol data units (PDUs) between SNMP managers and agents. Using SNMP queries, the manager can identify and locate the devices by receiving the responses sent by the agent. Then the monitoring tool will record and analyze the information of device performance. Thus, the administrators can manage the devices through SNMP control commands. The following picture shows how SNMP works.

what is SNMPFigure 1: Picture of How SNMP Works

Using SNMP to Monitor Network Device

To help IP administrators solve monitoring issue, FS.COM has released a series of switches including 10gbe switch, 40gbe and even 100gbe switch that are equipped with SNMP function.

The S5800-48F4S is a low latency L2/L3 switch with 48 1GbE SFP ports and 4 10GbE SFP+ ports. It supports MLAG, MPLS, SNMP etc, which is perfect for traditional and fully virtualized data center. As for the SNMP configuration, first you should enter the switch administrative interface. Then find the SNMP tab, and select Enable. And follow the commands to create your SNMP account. Thus, you already are enabled to use SNMP to monitor your network.

switch

Figure 2: S5800-48F4S Switch with SNMP Function

Conclusion

What is SNMP and how SNMP works, now I have explained to you. It is an efficient tool to simplify network monitoring works. So using network switch with SNMP function is a convenient way to collect devices’ data and help IT professionals manage the devices efficiently.

Related Article: SFlow vs NetFlow vs SNMP: What Are the Differences?

Introduction of Patch Panel Types

Patch panel, an unsung hero, is the most important cable management tool of the data center. When you want to connect a vast number of devices to a central server or other network hardware, there must be plenty of various cables, and you have to plan each thing out properly. It’s always smart to use a patch panel to help you manage the cables and keep your server room organized. However, patch panels are available in different ports and applied in various cables, like 24 port or 48 port patch panel, Cat5e or Cat6 patch panel. There are so many patch panel types on the market that make you confused. Usually, patch panels can be used in two systems, fiber and copper cabling systems. Therefore, patch panel types will fall into two main categories, fiber optic patch panel and Ethernet patch panel.

Fiber Optic Patch Panel

Fiber optic patch panel is applied in distributing the single mode and multimode fibers to realize the connection, allocation and scheduling between the weak trunk and level system. Often times, two ports stand together on a panel are prepared to connect a pair of wires. One port acts as the transmitting end while the other is the receiving end. Due to different port designs like SC, LC, FS.COM launched LC patch panel and SC patch panel with 24 ports and 48 ports, and blank patch panel.

LC Fiber Patch Panel

Constructed of light weight, high strength steel with black coating, a 24 port patch panel is robust and designed to be installer-friendly. The design includes integrated cable management features to connect 48 single mode or multimode fibers, and provide proper strain relief for those fibers. Often times, the panel used to connect single mode fibers adopts the blue design, while multimode type takes aqua. The following figure is an example of single mode LC patch panel.

 LC patch panel

Figure 1: 24 Port LC Fiber Patch Panel

SC Fiber Patch Panel

This 24 port SC patch panel is made almost the same size with the LC fiber patch panel but in different port. Designed for OS2 fibers, it uses the blue design.

SC patch panel

Figure 2: 24 Port SC Fiber Patch Panel

Blank Patch Panel

The 1U blank panel fits all 19 inch standard server rack and cabinets. The panel uses metal material which helps ensure superior thermal insulation performance. It’s an ideal tool for improving airflow within the rack by covering the unused spaces.

blank patch panel types

Figure 3: 1U 19″ Rack Blank Panel

Ethernet Patch Panel

Functioned like the fiber optic patch panel, Ethernet patch panel is used to connect specific cables like Cat5e, Cat6 cables, creating a standard-based and flexible copper platform. Designed for shielded and unshielded cables, FS.COM published shielded/unshielded Cat5e patch panel and Cat6 patch panel.

Cat5e Patch Panel

This 24 port shielded Cat5e patch panel enables quick and easy cable patching by plugging Cat5e cables into any of its RJ45 ports. Made from SPCC and ABS plastics material, it can stand up to the conditions where the temperature varies from -25°C to 70°C. Clearly numbering on the front allows for easy identification of cable runs. With the connections of 24 Cat5e cables, this 1U rack mount patch panel will maximize your network performance.

cat5E patch panel

Figure 4: 24 Port Cat5e Patch Panel

Cat6 Patch Panel

This 1U rack mount unshielded Cat6 patch panel is designed with the same process of 24 port Cat5e patch panel. This 24 port patch panel for Cat6 cable is rated up to 1Gbps and meet T568A/T568B standard, which will keep up with the greatest of changes in your network.

cat6 patch panel

Figure 5: 24 Port Cat6 Patch Panel

Conclusion

When you decide to buy one, figure out what cables you need to connect first, then choose the suitable patch panel. FS.COM offers a comprehensive line of patch panel types to support your data center patching needs in current 10G and next generation 40G or 100G applications.

Feed Through Patch Panel Recommendations

Patch panels act as the central role in the administration of the telecommunication network. They form the primary link for collecting cables and routing data to the place where it needs to be. The most copper cables in network presently use Cat5e patch panel or Cat6 patch panel. However, there are various styles of Cat6 patch panels on market, like punch down or feed through patch panels. Consumers may be confused when they need to select one. Here I’d like to talk about Cat6 feed through patch panel and recommend some for your reference.

Why Choose Feed Through Patch Panel

Compared with punch down type, there is no need to punch down cables with feed through panel. Unlike the punch down panel that needs to punch down Ethernet cables for the rear side, feed through patch panel have RJ45 ports on both sides, making install cables is fairly simple. Though the price is a bit higher, the feed through panel saves time and energy for cable management.

Feed Through Patch Panel Recommendations

FS.COM offers feed through patch panels with different styles making them ideal for any installation in server racks. Here is a video to show the products.

Unshielded Feed Through Patch Panel

Unshielded patch panel is used to connect unshielded cables that actually with faster transmission in the absence of electromagnetic interference (EMI). The following is a 24 port Cat6 unshielded feed through patch panel at the price of 30 dollars. It meets Cat6 specifications and works with T568A and T568B wiring to comply with industry standards. Made from SPCC+ABS plastics material, the Cat6 patch panel features 24 numbered ports to help you identify connections. And it’s supplied in black color.

unshielded feed through patch panel

Figure 1: 24 Port Cat6 Unshielded Feed Through Patch Panel

Shielded Feed Through Patch Panel

Shielded patch panels are recommended for high EMI environment, because shielded cables can more effectively block interference. Therefore, shielded panel is more expensive than unshielded one, this 24 port Cat6 shielded patch panel costs 43 dollars at FS.COM. Made to be efficient and durable, the Cat6 feed through patch panel is constructed with a fully enclosed, 6 port module design, which provides flexibility and protection of printed circuitry of termination. With a cable management bar on the rear, it helps Cat6 cables to pass through patch panel in a neat and organized way.

shielded feed through patch panel

Figure 2: 24 Port Cat6 Shielded Feed Through Patch Panel

Blank Keystone Patch Panel

To meet customers’ different usages, FS.COM produced blank keystone patch panels that are available in 24 port and 48 port. Here is the 48 port patch panel which offers unlimited flexibility and ease of installation to the customers. The port openings will accept both Cat5e and Cat6 insert modules, thus a mixed connection will be made. Designed with a stainless steel cable manager on the rear, this patch panel keeps cabling neat and tidy, and can mount to any standard 19 inch server rack. Beside, it has a favorable price of 11 dollars.

blank keystone patch panel

Figure 3: 48 Port Blank Keystone Patch Panel

Conclusion

To sum up, when you need to connect the unshielded cables choose the unshielded feed through patch panel, while use the shielded panel to link shielded cables. And if you want to make a mixed connection, choose the blank keystone design. FS.COM patch panel offering includes copper and fiber types which are in stock and ship the same over the world. Welcome to pick at FS.COM!

Cheap Server Rack for Home—Building Your Own Home Server

The continuous development of IT and communication equipment has made computers or storage devices an entirely new look. Server rack cabinet also has evolved. In the network industry, a set of standards has been published successively in order to provide a criterion of racking and mounting size for users. Today, in data center of server room, there are various types of computing or networking equipment installed in wall mount server rack or ground standing type. But for home use, we need a home server rack to build our own home server. Here we’ll focus on cheap server rack for home.

Why We Need Cheap Server Rack for Home

As we know, server rack is a cost-effective solution and is important to one’s business. Because it provides a space for vital equipment like fiber optic patch panel that is crucial to the survival of your organization. However, for home use, what is the exact reason.

First, with the technology develops, our homes also become smarter, more and more families consider to use a home server rack to build a more secure and storage network for the IoT in the home. Therefore, they can manage the electronic equipment more efficiently.

Second, people like professional gamers, videographers, designers and others who require substantial processing power want a home server rack to set up a home network for information transmission at a higher and safer path.

How to Choose Cheap Server Rack for Home

Here are some suggestions for choosing a cheap server rack for home.

  • Size. Traditional server racks are just with large metal frames like server rack 42U type. That’s fine in a professional environment. Unlike the data center or server room, server rack for home don’t need such large type. Small server rack like 9U—24U is preferred for home use.

  • Price. Price is always an important factor when buying anything. Luckily, due to the small design, home server racks are much cheaper than the ones in a large data center. But for the people who want a small server rack just for studying or hobby but don’t have enough money, then a used server rack is the right one for them.

Where to Buy a Cheap Server Rack for Home

Finding the right home server rack for building a home server, from reliable quality to the right price may be tricky. Here, FS.COM is the reputable source to buy a home server rack. Because not all installation sites at home are enough, so I recommend you a wall mount server rack.

cheap server rack for home

Figure: Home Server Rack

This 9U wall mount network rack lets you mount your equipment of 19 inch to the wall, in a secure enclosure. It supports 4 post mounting and is designed with a vented glass front door. Made of high quality SPCC cold roll steel material with black coated, it can support a total load capacity of up to 60kg. This wall mount rack makes it easy to install your equipment such as 24 port patch panel or a server rack shelf.

Conclusion

I think the above article will help to choose a cheap server rack for home so as to build your own home server. At FS.COM, you can find lots of different types of server racks. If you need help with picking, welcome to contact us via support@fs.com.

Things You Should Know about IP SAN vs FC SAN

Now, data has become the most valuable asset since the Internet and e-commerce are growing at an explosive rate. How to store, protect and manage vital data in an effective way is a big challenge for IT technicians. Here, SAN, storage area network, has been developed to provide a creative model for data storing in the data center. Within its development, two types of IP SAN vs FC SAN has gained enough discussion. Today, we’ll talk about IP SAN vs FC SAN.

SAN

Figure 1: SAN Diagrammatic Drawing

What Is IP SAN

From IP SAN wiki, we know it means internet protocol storage area network. It’s a SAN that uses iSCSI protocol, a transmission standard over TCP/IP, to transfer block data over an Ethernet network. IP SAN allows different servers to access pools of the shared block storage devices by storage protocols. Besides, IP storage network can be extended to Wide Area Network via IP router or Gigabit Ethernet switch, which is good for synchronous applications like remote disk copy.

Advantages:

In addition, IP SAN brings several advantages.

  • Low cost. Ethernet, switches and IP network exist almost everywhere. There’s no need to buy extra equipment for connectivity. You can use the existing network to build a SAN.

  • Easy access. The IP technology makes it easier to achieve remote storage. Also, there’s no distance limitation over LAN/WAN connectivity.

  • Competitive speed. Thanks to the advent of 10G Ethernet and 10gbe switch, the transmission bandwidth has been increased. This leads to an improvement of the overall performance.

What Is FC SAN

FC SAN is a fiber channel network in which the SCSI-FCP protocol runs. Based on fiber channel technology, technicians use fiber switch to connect the storage devices and the servers, so as to build a regional network dedicated to data storage. Within FC SAN, the data will be transferred directly at an extremely high speed.

Advantages:

As an open, high-speed serial interface, FC SAN has some advantages.

  • High transmission bandwidth. Due to the design of fiber channel, it can deliver data at 1Gb/s, 2Gb/s, 4Gb/s, 8Gb/s and more. Also, the fiber channel can provide excellent redundancy.

  • Flexibility and extensibility. FC SAN has overcome the traditional cable limits that are associated with SCSI. Thus it greatly expands the distance between servers and storage devices, in order to increase the possibility of more connections,

  • Wide application. As the technology matures, FC SAN is widely used in big IT User Base.

IP SAN VS FC SAN

Figure 2: IP SAN and FC SAN

IP SAN vs FC SAN: What Is the Difference?

Here is a table shows the differences of IP SAN vs FC SAN.

IP SAN
 FC SAN
 Network  Gigabit Ethernet network  fiber channel network
 Cost  Low  High
 Transmission speed  Fast  Extremely fast
 Transmission protocol  fiber channel TCP/IP
 Extensibility  More easier to extend  Easy to extend

IP SAN vs FC SAN, IP SAN is generally regarded as the lower cost, simpler to manage than the FC SAN. FC SAN needs special hardware like fiber switches or host bus adapters, while the IP SAN just requires the existing Ethernet networking hardware. Therefore, FC SAN is the ideal storage platform for many business-critical applications. And IP SAN is the suitable choice for those organizations that want a cost-efficient solution.

Conclusion

IP SAN vs FC SAN, it’s important to know their advantages and differences when you decide to build a SAN. Make a suitable choice based on your unique demands and knowledge. Any questions about SAN setup on switches, contact us via sales@fs.com.

VLAN vs LAN: What Is the Difference?

LAN is widely used in the network to allow computers to connect with different computers of one limited area like a school, factory or building. While VLAN is functioned as a tool to improve Ethernet scalability. Yet, with regard to VLAN vs LAN, what’s the relationship between them and is there any differences? Hope you can find the answers in this article.

VLAN vs LAN—Definition

What Is LAN

LAN is short for local area network, which can connect multiple computers in one location for sending data among themselves. It can be comprised of two computers in an office or thousands in a company, sharing a network that is closed to outside use. Today, LAN is defined as a single broadcast domain. This means within this LAN, if one broadcasts message, all the others can receive it. Also, functions like file management, printer sharing and working group scheduling can be realized by LAN, which will help to improve working efficiency.

VLAN vs LAN-LAN example

Figure 1: LAN Example

What Is VLAN

As the name implies, VLAN, or virtual LAN, is a type of LAN which improves the capability of a flat LAN. VLAN is the logical separation of LAN that can create several LAN segments in one bandwidth regardless of devices’ physical locations. Thus, technicians can use a fiber switch to segment a LAN into different broadcast domains (VLANs). Because the separations are logical ones, users on different floors of one building or different buildings now can share the same LAN.

VLAN 图

Figure 2: VLAN Example

VLAN vs LAN—Differences

Basically, the need of implementing VLAN is to segment the network, which determines the differences when VLAN vs LAN. Initially, physical LANs mean that all working computers were connected to the same cable or sets of chained hubs. It’s a typically flat LAN. But with the technology develops, the demand of working computers on the LAN also grows. When one user wants to deliver a packet, he may find that the wire is already occupied by others’ packet. To solve this problem, the LAN should be split to eliminate the congestion and load. Only use Gigabit Ethernet switch or bridge can create VLANs. Since they’re logical separations, they can reduce the packet traffic. With a VLAN, it’s possible that working computers connect together on the same physical LAN but unable to communicate directly. The following table shows clearly the differences between VLAN and LAN.

LAN
VLAN
Technology method
Locally installed
Logically installed
Broadcast control
 All devices can receive the packet.
Specific devices can receive the packet.
Security
Weak
Improved

Segment LAN into VLANs

Knowing the differences between VLAN and LAN, we know how VLAN and LAN work. As switches are available, FS.COM offers 1GbE switch, 10GbE switch, 40GbE switch and 100GbE switch that support VLAN to optimize your network experience. Here is one S3800-24F4S 24-port Gigabit stackable SFP managed switch for your reference.

This is a layer2+ switch that supports 4 switches stack, 96 Gigabit ports and 8 10G SFP+ ports. The Gigabit Ethernet switch provides a switching capacity of 128Gbps and 4K VLANs. It adopts ARM CPU, a high performance and low power consumption processor, which can meet the needs of 10G network deployment of all enterprises and network operations. In addition, the switch has a good compatibility with all SFP transceivers on the market.

network switch

Figure 3: S3800-24F4S 24-Port Gigabit Stackable SFP Managed Switch

Conclusion

As regard to VLAN vs LAN, it’s’ important to know the differences between them. Then we can use network switches to segment LANs into VLANs to optimize our network. Hope FS.COM will be the best choice when you decide to buy network switches.

How Much Do You Know about 1U Horizontal Cable Manager

1U horizontal cable manager is the ideal solution to manage cables on the front and rear of each 19 inch server rack. Because with the emergence of high density rack-based IT server installation, data communication and cabling that must be processed within the tight rack space. Horizontal cable manager is regarded as the horizontal cable organizer, which can avoid cable damage and failure, ensuring the network operation.

Why Do We Need 1U Horizontal Cable Manager

1U horizontal cable manager is one tool of cable management that matter the whole network system health. It offers a neat and simple way to manage the cables, and simplifies network maintenance and costs. This is the main reason that makes it popular in the data center.

For the technicians who want a clean and orderly work area, they can make the cables go through the 1U horizontal cable manager, creating a clean look for the rack.

For the technicians who have a desire for easy maintenance and low costs, the cable manager can help them protect the cables radius bend and reduce the wear and tear, which decrease the cables expenses in some sense. Besides, it provides easier access to internal rack components, performing easy move, adds and changes to connections, which can greatly save time and money.

How to Select 1U Horizontal Cable Manager

FS.COM offers some styles of 1U horizontal cable management tools with different options of cable support. Choose the appropriate cable management device based on your actual needs.

1U Horizontal Cable Manager With End Rings

This cable manager uses a sturdy SPCC metal construction with a max cable capacity of 70. Due to the design of four D-type rings on the panel and two rings on both sides, it can manage vertical and horizontal cabling at the same time. In addition, the rings can provide cable strain relief for more reliable connections.

1U horizontal cable manager with end rings

1U Single Sided Horizontal Cable Manager With Finger Duct

It’s a solid little cable manager with flexible fingers on the front, which can offer a proper bend radius protection. Although the manager is made primarily from plastic material, it’s extremely tough and has excellent wear resistance. The max cable capacity of this single sided horizontal cable manager is 44. Furthermore, there is a detachable cover on the fingers that can protect the cables from the dust and give you a more professional rack looking.

1U single sided horizontal cable manager with finger duct

1U Blank Rack Mount Fiber Patch Panel With Cable Management Panel and Lacing Bar

It has five rings stand vertically on the front panel. The lacing bar is dismountable that allows users to put it on the front or back of a server rack according to their cable management demand. With the black metal design, it tends to be highly durable which reduces the equipment spending.

1U blank rack mount fiber patch panel with cable management panel and lacing bar

If you want to house the vertical and horizontal cables simultaneously, 1U horizontal cable manager with end rings is an economical choice. If you are in favor of a dustless environment, 1U single sided horizontal cable manager with finger duct can satisfy your requirement. If you want a more flexible cable solution, then choose 1U blank rack mount fiber patch panel with cable management panel and lacing bar.

Manage cables in the server rack with FS.COM 1U horizontal cable manager. These cable management devices are made from the highest quality materials to provide an unique method for the cross connect.

Patch Panel Installation Guide

It’s well known that network technology is changing, but the critical aspect can’t be changed or replaced—patch panel cable management. If the key component is missing, the data transmission will be interrupted and fail to arrive at the destination. Patch panels, as the nerve center of a network system, can ensure the signal to work in ordered and friendly way. But how to install patch panel? And what’s the patch panel installation guide? This article will give you several suggestions.

Types of Patch Panel  

Patch panels are available in copper and fiber cables. And designed with different port types and uses, patch panels from FS.COM are divided into 24 LC fiber port patch panel, 24 port SC fiber patch panel, 48 port LC fiber patch panel and so on, and copper patch panel can fall into 24 port cat6 shielded/unshielded patch panel, 24 port cat5e shield/unshielded patch panel and 24 port blank keystone patch panel. Here, we will take the 48 port LC fiber patch panel as the example to explain the patch panel installation.

48 Port LC Fiber Patch Panel

With the size of 19”×1.73”, this fiber optic patch panel is suitable for installing on the 19 inch server rack. It has duplex LC adapters that allow a two-way data transmission between the connecting devices. The 48 port LC fiber patch panel uses C.R.S powder coating, which is fully in line with national environmental standards, can be placed indoors. High density port design makes it connect 96 OM3 or OM4 fibers at most, which is much more than the 24 port patch panel.

48 Port LC Fiber Patch Panel

Patch Panel Installation Guide

Only follow the right steps can achieve a reliable network. There are two aspects of patch panel installation guide for your reference.

  • Planning. A successful work starts with a good planning. You should figure out the issues, the network speed, distribution location, and cables length. Make sure you know the specification and design of the patch panel installation.

  • Preparation. Preparation work can reduce disconnect time. Prepare the main tools, 1U rack mount fiber enclosure, 48 port LC fiber patch panel and screws. Check the cable length for ensuring the cables that could be long enough to pull. And label the ports to identify different cables, in order to guarantee the technicians to have clear information on what they need to do.

Installation of 48 Port LC Patch Panel in a Server Rack

First, we should install the 48 port LC patch panel in the 1U rack mount fiber optic enclosure. Remove the front panel of 1U rack mount fiber enclosure, then install 48 port LC patch panel and fasten the screw.

Second, fix the equipment in the server rack. And leave some space between the patch panel and other devices, for cables management and future change.

Patch Panel Installation Guide example

Third, try to connect OM3 or OM4 cables to the patch panel in one pull, which helps to protect the bend radius. Comb and bundle the cables, and put them into the patch panel trunking, then cover it with top panels.

Last, don’t forget to clean the work area when you finish the patch panel installation, because the optical fibers are sensitive to dust and dirt. Therefore, try to keep clean when working with fiber optic cables to make them achieve their full performance.

FS.COM offers a vast selection of patch panel installation products and accessories that meet the international standards for supporting your network needs. For more details, please contact us via sales@fs.com.

How to Deal with Server Room Cabling Nightmare

It’s well known that server room has become an important indicator of one’s healthy network. Although wireless technology can avoid the possibility of cable clutter when compared with the wired connection, sever rooms still have lots of network cables, fiber optic cables and peripheral wiring. Thus server room cabling nightmare may appear if the big amount of cables on the server rack is disordered. For installers and engineers, it’s important to avoid server room cabling nightmare to ensure a well operated network center.

Reasons to Avoid Server Room Cabling Nightmare

Often times, the server room cabling nightmare is related to crowding and stacking things. For example, new equipment may be piled up around or on the top of the old equipment. Disordered cables look like a big bowl of spaghetti that may wreak havoc on the server environment.

  • It costs you in equipment wear and tear. When the excessive cables and extra equipment are placed together in a server rack, it may result in equipment overheating since the cables block the airflow or ventilation, generating much heat and stress, which may eventually lead to slow-down and even shorten the life of all equipment.

  • It costs you time and money. The fiber cables and power cables will easily become twisted if the cables are not managed well. In turn, this will cost you a large amount of time to dig through the server mess when you want to change the specific or broken cables.

Tips for Organizing Server Room Cabling

To avoid server room cabling nightmare, here are several tips for you to organize the cabling.

  • Make the server room dust-free. Dust not only makes the room look dirty, it also can fall into the hardware and cause equipment failure especially when it piles up inside the hardware vents. Therefore, the heat can’t be dissipated from the equipment which will lead to overheating. Thus, the server room should be cleaned every day to prevent dust accumulation.

  • Apply sound cable management. Poor cable management will not make positive effects on network system, instead, it may cause hardware malfunction. Proper cable management tips contain the colored labels for identifying, suitable fiber optic enclosures for cable managing. In this way, the cables can be protected from winding.

  • Spacing the equipment. When you decide to set up the server room, make sure that you have planed where to place the racks. A suitable distance should be measured between each rack for air dissipation and future expansion. In addition, the location of equipment such as fiber optic patch panel and switches in a rack should be considered.

End Server Room Cabling Nightmare with FS.COM Equipment

There are several equipment from FS.COM to help you maintain a neat and tidy server room, avoiding server room cabling nightmare.

42U Server Cabinet  

42U black server cabinet can accommodate all 19 inch EIA standard networking equipment, providing additional space at the rare for cable management. It consists of several major components, top panel, split side panel, equipment rail, and perforated front door. In the back, it adopts the design of air mesh which allows ventilation and heat dissipation. The cabinet uses SPCC cold roll steel material, firm and durable. It’s the simplest way to handle hundreds of cables.

cabinet for solving server room cabling nightmare

1U Rack Mount Fiber Enclosure

1U rack mount high density fiber enclosure is available for 4 fiber adapters or cassettes that can connect 96 fibers. The body is made of SPCC cold-rolled steel plate, finished with electrostatic powder spraying. It can maximize the use of limited space in a rack to protect and manage fiber cables with easy installation.

fiber optic enclosure

Server room cabling nightmare is the greatest challenge in the network system. To solve this problem, it should be done with the professional network solution supplier FS.COM. For more details, please visit FS.COM.

 

Structured Cabling Installation

Structured cabling installation is the main part of a flexible structured cabling system that will support different hardware uses and satisfy current and future demands. Since the thousands of forms of online data transfer, and the gathering of business intelligence has made a significant influence on today’s commerce, the companies want reliable and structured cabling installation to hold the infrastructure of data connections. Now, I want to share something about its installation with you.

Importance of Structured Cabling Installation

A proper structured cabling installation gives a universal platform on which you can build the overall information strategy, supporting multiple voices, data and media system, regardless of who manufactures these. In essence, compared with traditional point to point cabling system, the structured cabling system is more neat and organized. It has many benefits for one’s network operations.

Support future upgrade. High bandwidth is the most significant benefit of the structured cabling, which makes it a reliable infrastructure for business data growth. With structured cabling, you can ensure connectivity of the enterprise while business divests into new technological areas and equipment.

Reduce cabling bulk and congestion. The organized and planned cabling system can accommodate smaller diameter trunk cabling, and makes a cleaner cable management.

Reduce installation time and cost. Using a structured cabling system, users just need to plug the equipment cables into the matched sockets when upgrade or change the network. No need to buy additional wires or adapters.

Tips for Structured Cabling Installation

Since the structured cabling is the critical part of one’s network, here are several tips for the proper installation.

Planning comes first. In this stage, you must have a comprehensive understanding of your actual needs, figure out a solution based on the location, cabling types, and the needed equipment. Planning the installation will enable the actual work and operations run more smoothly.

Follow the cabling standards. When you install the cables, please follow the cabling standards because there are standards that have specified the multiple cables for different uses. Following the standards will greatly improve the efficiency of cables and data networks.

Remember the maintenance is important. Once the cables are installed, the maintenance becomes important. Buy a server rack or other equipment to manage and maintain the cables, which will save you lots of money and time in reality.

Choose the Right Equipment for Structured Cabling Installation

Vertical cable management and horizontal cable management are the two methods used in structured cabling installation. Choose the right equipment is the top priority. There is some equipment from FS.COM.

Single sided and dual sided vertical cable manager are available on FS.COM. This 45U 4.9″ wide plastic single sided vertical cable manager is designed with flexible fingers to protect cable radius against damage. It can route cables vertically either on the front or back of racks. With a PVC cover, the equipment can avoid the dust and increase service life.

vertical structured cabling

1U 19inch blank rack mount fiber patch panel is commonly used for horizontal cable management. It offers different choices for one’s application by being separated into patch panel, D-rings and lacer bar. This equipment is a cost effective cable management solution used in high density cabling system in data centers and telecommunication rooms.

horizontal structured cabling

From the above, we know structured cabling is the backbone of all business. FS.COM is the “one stop shop” for all cabling installation.