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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Figure 5: 24 Port Cat6 Patch Panel


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.

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Figure 3: 48 Port Blank Keystone Patch Panel


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!