Can I Use Cat5e Patch Cable With Cat6 Patch Panel?

As a key component of copper cabling system, copper patch panel is popular with people. And there are Cat5e patch panels and Cat6 patch panels available on the market. It is not difficult to understand that Cat5e patch panel is used with Cat5e patch cable, while Cat6 patch panel is used with Cat6 patch cable jointly. But can I use Cat5e patch cable with Cat6 patch panel or Cat6 patch cable with Cat5e patch panel? This article will tell you the answer.

Overview of Cat5e and Cat6 Patch panel

First, let’s have a brief overview of Cat5e patch panel and Cat6 patch panel. Cat5e patch panel is compliant with TIA/EIA 568 industry specifications and is used for high speed LAN transmission. In addition, Cat5e patch panels are available in 6-port and 8-port module groupings, in 8, 12, 24, and 48-port sizes. The high density panel design can be mounted to standard racks or cabinets, accommodate top, bottom or side cable entry, and also save rack space. While Cat6 patch panel is specially designed for 1G Ethernet applications. It also meets the TIA/EIA 568 industry specification and each patch panel terminates with standard 110 termination tools on the rear, which allows quick installations. Cat6 patch panel on the market covers 12, 24, 48, and 96-port configurations.

Cat5e and Cat6 patch panel

Can I Use Cat5e Patch Cable With Cat6 Patch Panel?

In fact, there isn’t much difference between these two types of patch panels. What matters is the difference of wire gauge specified between Cat5e and Cat6 patch cables. It’s well known that both Cat5e and Cat6 patch cable contain four twisted pairs of copper wires, but Cat6 patch cable is thicker than Cat5e. This is because there is a longitudinal separator inside Cat6 patch cable which isolates each of the four pairs of twisted wire from the others, reducing crosstalk and allowing for better signal. And another reason is that Cat6 patch cable utilizes copper conductor which has larger diameter than that of Cat5e patch cable. So you may ask, if I use Cat5e patch cable with Cat6 patch panel, will it be too loose? Slightly Yes, but electrically it will still make contact and work well.

Can I Use Cat6 Patch Cable With Cat5e Patch Panel?

Sometimes you may also encounter the situation where you want to use Cat6 pacth cable with Cat5e patch panel. The content above has mentioned that Cat6 patch cable is thicker than Cat5e patch cable. In spite of the size difference between them, the fact is that Cat6 patch cable is backward compatible with Cat5e patch cable. Therefore, you can feel free to use Cat6 patch cable with Cat5e patch panel.

Note

When plugging Cat5e patch cable on a Cat6 patch panel, the Cat5e patch cable is small enough that it is possible to get what looks like a good connection. However, the contact is not actually good or the plug is not in the right place. While plugging Cat6 patch cable on a Cat5e patch panel, the larger wire may end up bending or even breaking the port. Therefore, in both cases, it is necessary to install and test each connection carefully to make system work fine.

Conclusion

In theory, doing like these is not recommended. Using Cat5e patch cable with Cat5e patch panel or Cat6 patch cable with Cat6 patch panel will get the best performance. FS.COM provides both high-density Cat5e patch panels for Fast Ethernet applications and Cat6 patch panels for 1G/10G Ethernet applications, such as 24 port Cat5e patch panel, 48 port Cat5e patch panel, 24 port Cat6 patch panel, 48 port Cat6 patch panel, etc. In addition, Cat5e shielded patch panel, Cat5e unshielded patch panel, Cat6 shielded patch panel and Cat6 unshielded patch panel are available. If you want to know more details, please visit our site or contact us via sales@fs.com.

Practical Knowledge About 1U Detachable Horizontal Cable Management Panel

As big data technology has been widely used, the size of data centers becomes bigger and bigger. This makes the cabling system in data centers become more and more complicated. For data center managers, they not only have to ensure right connections between devices under high-density cabling environment, but also have to take cable management into consideration. There is no doubt that good cable management is essential to keep the fiber cables in acceptable condition and ensure high network performance with high-density cabling. Cable management panel is popular among data center managers because it can make cables well-organized. This article is going to introduce a kind of cable management panel to you—1U detachable horizontal cable management panel.

Advantages of Cable Management Panel

Before we move to 1U detachable horizontal cable management panel, let’s have a look at the advantages of cable management panel. First, with the use of cable management panel, cables can be installed properly, which can avoid the risk of over bending. Second, Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) can be reduced to greatly improve network performance. Third, cables are organized tidily which is good for airflow. Fourth, the cost is affordable, which is a necessary investment to avoid unknown loss caused by cable mess in the future. As for horizontal cable management panel, it is able to make proper and neat routing of the patch cables between equipment in racks.

Overview of 1U Detachable Horizontal Cable Management Panel

The 1U detachable horizontal cable management panel consists of four parts—horizontal laser bar, horizontal lacer panel, D-rings and 1U patch panel. These four parts are held together by screws and can be removed by tools. Combined the advantages of horizontal cable management panel with D-rings and horizontal lacer bars, it offers an useful and cost effective cable management solution for rack or enclosure systems. In addition, it is helpful in adding extra support for your rear equipment, the running of large or small cable bundles, and in relieving cable stress from your connections. To have better understanding of the structure of 1U detachable horizontal cable management panel, here is a figure for you.

structure of 1U detachable horizontal cable management panel

Applications

With flexible design, the 1U detachable horizontal cable management panel can be assembled randomly to meet your needs, which helps you to achieve a perfect installation effect. This part will show four application examples of 1U detachable horizontal cable management panel to you.

Application 1. It can be used for holding different types of adapter panels. For example, this 1u detachable horizontal cable management panel can be used with four LC adapter panels with 12 LC duplex single-mode adapters. Besides, after taking off 1U patch panel part, it can also be used with a 12/24-port adapter in 1U patch panel form.

Application 2. Combining horizontal lacer panel, D-rings and 1U patch panel three parts mentioned above, it can be used with MPO fiber adapter panel which is preloaded with MPO fiber adapter. For example, it can be used for four 8-fiber MPO fiber adapter panel. In this application, something should be noted that for each MPO fiber adapter panel, 8 fiber MPO connector is also suited to be linked with 12 fiber MPO connector when only 8 fibers are used, such as in 40G network application.

Application 3. By using only horizontal lacer panel and D-rings two parts, cable management for a 1U rack mount fiber enclosure is perfectly achieved, shown as the following figure.

application for using only horizontal lacer panel and D-rings

Application 4. The combination in the last example can also be used to manage cables coming from 1U WDM Mux/Demux or switch. In the following figure, on the top this 1u detachable horizontal cable management panel is used with a 18 channels CWDM Mux/Demux and at the bottom it is used with a switch.

application for using with 1U WDM Mux Demux or switch

Conclusion

Cable management plays an important role in the whole cabling system. If you want your network to achieve high performance, a cable management panel is absolutely needed. From the application examples presented above, we can see that the 1U detachable horizontal cable management panel is very capable in different cabling situations. It can be used to manage cables for different active or passive network devices because they can be assembled randomly to meet your needs. It is really a great option for your cable management.

Tips for Good Cable Management

Data center is regarded as the “central nervous system” of the whole network. If there is something wrong with data center, the network performance will be seriously affected. As high-density cabling becomes a trend, cable management turns out to be more and more important. We can clearly see the results of bad cable management and good cable management from the figure below. Which one do you want? Of course the good one. This article is going to share some tips for good cable management with you.

Bad Cable Management and Good Cable Management

Advantages of Cable Management

Before we move to the tips for good cable management, let’s have a look at the advantages of good cable management. First, good cable management keeps cables installed properly, which can avoid the risk of over bending. Second, Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) can be reduced to greatly improve network performance. Third, cables are organized tidily which is good for airflow. Fourth, work efficiency can be improved when the cables are managed well, especially when you need to find out a link problem. Fifth, the cost is affordable, which is a necessary investment to avoid unknown loss caused by cable mess in the future.

Tips for Good Cable Management
Cable Manager

Choose the suitable cable manager for your application. Cable manager is mainly used to make proper and neat routing of cables between equipment in racks, protecting cables from damage. Horizontal cable manager and vertical cable manager are two common types for different cabling directions. Before using horizontal cable manager, the rack height and supported cable density must be determined. While using vertical cable manager with angled patch panel, the cables are allowed to directly enter into vertical cable manager which eliminates the need for horizontal cable manager. This can greatly save rack space for other active equipment. In addition, there are some other types of cable managers for different applications. No matter which type you choose, remember to leave some space in the cable manager for future growth and cabling demands.

Cable Tie

Use cable tie to bundle cables together or to fix cables firmly to devices. Cable ties made of different materials and designed in different structures are available on the market, such as stainless steel zip tie and velcro cable tie. Stainless steel zip tie is characterized by high strength, high temperature resistance and anti-corrosion, which is a good option for applications in harsh environment. And the self-locking mechanism of stainless steel zip tie can provide firm locking for the cables. Characterized by easy using way, velcro cable tie is also popular with many data center managers. It is a cost-effective choice because it can be reused for many times. What’s more, it can be cut according to the desired length which is really convenient to use. By the way, your choice should be based on the environment and exact requirements for your application.

Cable Labeling And Color Code

Apply cable labeling and color code for easy identification of the cables. The cabling system of data center is complicated which contains different types of cables as well as different connection ways. It is difficult for data center managers to remember and identify the types and connection ways of all the cables. No matter it is a power or data cable, it is proved that cable labeling and color code are critical if a problem arises. They can greatly save time and reduce your workload, especially when you need to trace cables. For example, the signal transmission is abnormal and you have to find the source—which cable caused the problem. With the use of cable labeling and color code, you can easily know the role or function of the cable or the connection way.

Conclusion

This article have introduced several tips for proper cable management. It is a simple and inexpensive cable management solution to keep your cables well-organized and make your network performance achieve a high level. Hope the cable management tips mentioned above can do you a favor in your data center cable management.

Do Not Look Down Upon Cable Tie

It goes without saying that cable management is an essential step for the whole cabling system. When carrying on cable management, there is a small component—cable tie, which is easily ignored by many people. As a matter of fact, the role of cable tie in cable management is as important as that of Phillips screwdriver in tool bag. The figure below shows the neat and tidy cabling system with the use of cable ties. So do not look down upon cable tie. This article will guide you to know more about cable tie from its applications, advantages as well as factors to consider when choosing cable ties.

cable ties

Application

Because cable tie is low in cost and easy to use, it has been used in a wide range of applications. Followings are five common applications of cable tie.

Application one: Cable tie can be used to bundle cables firmly. You can make minute adjustments on the cable tie to realize bundling cables with different sizes.

Application two: Cable tie can be used to organize cable bundles. In addition, cable tie with an outside flag design is helpful to separate and identify different cables.

Application three: Cable tie can be used as clip for holding cables, tubing and hoses. And cable tie can do this well in limited space.

Application four: Cable tie made of special material with high performance can be used in hash environment where cables have to be exposed to high temperature, UV rays, rain, salt water and so on.

Application five: Cable tie can also be used in household applications, such as placing and fixing tools in the garage.

Advantages

Cable tie obtains several advantages that help to achieve successful cable management.

Avoid injury: Keeping bundled cables affixed to server racks or hangers helps data center managers avoid being hurt like tripping, which would cause body injury.

Protect cables: Cable tie can protect cables from damage caused by excessive tension, keep the shape of cables, and guarantee the high performance of network.

Save money: Cable tie is low in cost which can save money for other investments on the cabling system.

Identify cables easily: With all the cables organized neatly, data center managers can identify and manage cables easily.

Factors to Consider When Choosing Cable Ties

There are various types of cable ties available on the market, such as plastic cable tie, velcro cable tie, nylon cable tie, stainless steel zip tie and so on. And different types are designed to meet different requirements in the application. Therefore, it is necessary to take some factors into consideration when choosing cable ties.

Material: Cable ties are available in different materials with their own specific properties. In addition, the selection of material is directly related to the environment where cables runs. Cable ties made of some materials can be used in outdoor environment while others can be only used indoor.

Design: Cable ties have different designs of construction, such as self-locking, ID marker and so on. They can provide a convenient using way to satisfy different needs.

Length: The length of cable tie length should be longer than the diameter of the cable bundle. It cannot be too long or too short.

Conclusion

Although cable ties look inconspicuous, the importance of these cheap components can not be looked down upon. It can do an amazing job for making messy cables well-organized. Thus, it is greatly favored by data center managers. I hope this article can help you have a better understanding of cable ties and choose the suitable type of cable tie for your application. FS.COM provides the cable ties mentioned above and some other products for cable management, such as cable management panel. If you want to know more details, please visit our site.

Choose A Suitable Type of Cable Tie For Your Application

When talking about cable tie, many people may think it’s just a strip for bundling cables and there is nothing special about it. But the fact is that if you want to make your messy cables well-organized, cable tie can offer an easy and cost-effective solution for your cable management. On the market, there are various types of cable ties with different colors and sizes, which are designed for different applications. Choosing a suitable type of cable tie can greatly improve your working efficiency. Therefore, this article is going to introduce four types of cable ties, which aims to help you know more about cable ties and make a suitable choice for your application.

Self-Locking Nylon Cable Tie

Self-locking nylon cable tie is made of nylon which is a kind of material with good reliability, high durability and low friction coefficient. From the figure below, we can find that it has a locking design. When using it for self-locking connection, you just need to insert the flexible tail into the head hole, which is constructed precisely for easy and fast attachment. Then the cables will be locked firmly. In addition, this type of cable tie is available in a variety of colors for unique identification purposes, as shown in the following figure.

Self-Locking Nylon Cable Ties

ID Marker Cable Tie

ID marker cable tie is also made of nylon which is a kind of polyamide material for light weight and flexibility. There is an outside flag design—a rectangular labeling area, on its head, which allows users to imprint or write some information related to the cables on it. This can save a lot of time for the identification of cables. Structured with a self-locking mechanism, the using way of ID marker cable tie is the same with that of Self-Locking nylon cable tie, which is easy to operate and can realize a quick lock on the cables. Besides, this type of cable tie can also be found with different colors for easy identification of wires. To have a better understanding of the structure of ID marker cable tie, here is a figure for you.

ID Marker Cable Ties

Back to Back Velcro Cable Tie

Back to back velcro cable tie, also referred to as hook and loop cable tie, is made of a kind of self-attaching hook and loop material, which is perfect for controlling cables. This material has two sides—hook side and loop side. The hook side is molded, while the loop side is soft knitted. It is very easy to use that you just need to put hook side and loop side together or pull these two sides apart. This type of cable tie is characterized by high cost effectiveness because it can be reused for many times. What’s more, it can be cut according to the desired length which is really convenient to use. Here is a figure of back to back velcro cable tie which can help you to learn about its construction.

Back to Back Velcro Cable Tie

There is a special type of hook and loop cable tie that is necessary to be introduced to you—T type magnetic velcro cable tie. It is durable and reusable. We can learn from the figure below that the design of T type magnetic velcro cable tie is a little different from that of back to back velcro cable tie. Instead, it is similar to the nylon cable tie with self-locking design. Therefore, this type of cable tie combines the using way of velcro cable tie and self-locking cable tie, which just needs to pass the tail into the head hole, then the hook side and loop side will naturally stick together, which is flexible and convenient.

T Type Magnetic Velcro Cable Tie

Conclusion

Although cable ties look inconspicuous, the importance of these cheap components can not be ignored. It is not difficult to find that cable ties are very useful for neat and tidy cable management and is greatly favored by data center managers. With a variety of cable ties on the market, it is necessary to choose a suitable type of cable tie according to different applications. FS.COM provides the cable ties mentioned above and some other types, such as stainless steel zip ties. If you want to know more details, please visit our site.

Introduction to Cable Manager

The trend for high density connectivity in data centers makes cabling systems more and more complicated, which also brings the difficulty to cable management. There is no doubt that improper cable management can result in performance issues, such as data transmission errors, and even system downtime. Therefore, it is necessary to find effective tools to make tidy cabling. Fortunately, cable manager, or cable management panel, appears to be a great option. This article will introduce the advantages of cable manager and some common types of cable managers to you, which would be very useful for you to select the most suitable cable manager for your network.

Advantages of Cable Manager

Before we move to different types of cable managers, let’s have a look at the advantages of cable manager. First, with the use of cable manager, cables can be installed properly, which can avoid the risk of over bending. Second, Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) can be reduced to greatly improve network performance. Third, cables are organized tidily which is good for airflow. Fourth, the cost is affordable, which is a necessary investment to avoid unknown loss caused by cable mess in the future.

Common Types of Cable Managers

There are different types of cable managers which are classified by different standards, such as cabling direction, style, structure and material.

Horizontal Cable Manager vs. Vertical Cable Manager

There are horizontal and vertical cable managers for different cabling directions. Horizontal cable manager is able to make proper and neat routing of the patch cables between equipment in racks. While before using it, the rack height and supported cable density must be determined. As for vertical cable manager, it is designed to manage patch cables in vertical space. When using vertical cable manager with angled patch panel, the cables are allowed to directly enter into vertical cable manager which eliminates the need for horizontal cable manager. This can greatly save rack space for other active equipment. No matter which type you choose, remember to leave some space in the cable manager for future growth and cabling demands. Here is a figure that shows the appearances of horizontal cable manager panel and vertical cable manager.

horizontal cable manager panel and vertical cable manager

Finger Duct Cable Manager vs. D-Ring Cable Manager

Finger duct cable manager offers a series of fingers on either side as well as pass-through holes at the beck. The flexible fingers allow easy installation and removal of cables; the holes can help to reduce the cable stress. From an aesthetic point of view, when mounted to the rack, finger duct cable manager can be used as a cover to create a clean look. As for D-ring cable manager, it can help to protect the cables and route large amounts of cables, avoiding cable strain. Being more flexible, those D-rings are allowed to detach and use separately as well as combine into other devices freely. If you want to know the structural differences of these two types of cable managers, you can learn it from the following figure.

finger duct cable manager and D-ring cable manager

Single Sided Cable Manager vs. Dual Sided Cable Manager

Cable manager can be classified into single sided and dual sided types. Single sided manager provides a convenient cable run between equipment and racks, while dual sided manager supports patch panels by keeping different cables separate for better distinction. To better know these two types of cable managers, here offers a figure about the structure of single sided manager and dual sided manager.

single sided manager and dual sided manager

Plastic Cable Manager vs. Metal Cable Manager

Cable manager can be made of plastic, metal or semimetal. As plastic and metal are the two most common materials for making cable manager, the following will mainly introduce plastic and metal cable manager. Generally, plastic cable manager is definitely lighter in weight for easier installation. However, as time goes by, it will lose the shape, discolor and even degrade. While metal cable manager is more solid and can provide a stronger and safer cabling environment.

Conclusion

Cable manager is really useful for clean and tidy cable management and it is now widely used in data centers. If you want a higher performance of your network, a cable manager is absolutely needed. FS.COM provides different kinds of cable managers, such as, 1U finger duct cable manager, single sided vertical cable manager, metal horizontal cable manager, etc. If you want to know more details, please visit our site.

Know More About Patch Panels

There is no doubt that patch panels are the important elements in cabling systems. No matter how big or how small your business or home network is, you can’t make your cabling system tidy without the use of patch panels. Serving as the nerve center of the cabling network, copper patch panel allows you to terminate cable elements and allows the signal to be connected to the intended destination. This article will guide you to know more about this crucial component.

Overview of Patch Panel

A patch panel is one panel essentially with an array of ports on it. Each port connects, via a patch cable, to another port located elsewhere in your building. If you want to set up a wired network that includes multiple wall ports in various rooms, a patch panel in a central location can provide a simple, neat and easy-to-manage solution.

Patch panel works as a mounted hardware assembly that contains multiple network ports to connect and manage incoming and outgoing lines. In the application of LAN, patch panels can realize the connection between different computers or computers and outside lines. In addition, those lines allow LANs to connect with wide area networks (WANs) or the Internet. With the use of a patch panel, you can simply plug and unplug the appropriate patch cords to arrange circuits.

Patch panel is widely used in the telecommunications section of a building, which makes telecommunications networks managing easier. As the major link, a patch panel collects data and routes it to the intended destination. If a malfunction of a patch panel occurs, the entire system may fail, which explains how crucial it is.

Ports Are Very Crucial to the Patch Panel

Ports are central parts of patch panels because they provide physical entry and exit points for data. Most patch panels have either 24 or 48 ports. And some panels can include 96 ports or more. The number of ports on a panel is not subject to physical limit other than the room to place them. Here is a figure of 48 port Cat5e patch panel.

48 port Cat5e patch panel

Copper or Fiber Patch Panels

Patch panels can be used in fiber and copper cabling systems. So is there any difference between these two types of patch panels?

Copper patch panels are structured with 8-pin modular ports on one side and the 110-insulation displacement connector block on the other side. Wires comes into one side and are routed into intended destination from the other side. For the copper patch panel, each pair of wires has an independent port. While fiber patch panels are structured with two ports for a pair of wires. One port is used for transmitting signal and the other is used for receiving signal.

From the view of cost, copper patch panel is cheaper than fiber patch panel. While fiber patch panels are a lot easier to install and tend to be faster than copper patch panels, but this does not downplay the role played by the latter. The main function of a patch panel is to realize the connection, allocation and scheduling of cable links easily. No matter which type of patch panels you choose, they must be used according to practical situations.

Conclusion

Copper patch panel, as a kind of flexible and effective copper cable management tool, gains popularity in data center applications. Today, various types of copper patch panels can be found on the market. FS.COM provides different kinds of copper patch panels, such as 24 port Cat5e patch panel, 24 port Cat6 patch panel, 48 port Cat6 patch panel, etc. If you want to know more details, please visit our site or contact us via sales@fs.com.