R&M launches 48-port patch panels

DQW Bureau
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specialist R&M is helping data centres to gain valuable

space with a new high-density patch panel. The HD panel packs 48 RJ45

ports into a single compact unit in the 19'' rack. It means less room

is used up for cabling and a large number of active components fit

into the cabinet. The patch panel incorporates several innovations.

Among other accomplishments, R&M has designed a compact unit

incorporating module holders, cable tie guide and strain relief. It

can be installed without tools from the front in no time, thus

reducing the assembly and maintenance work involved. Thanks to the

effective strain relief, the cable lies in a straight line and cannot

be twisted. This is an important pre-requisite for stable signal

transmission in copper cables.
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HD panel can be fitted with both unshielded and shielded copper

cabling and also with fiber optic cabling. The HD panel, therefore,

provides a foundation for building up modern high-performance data

networks operated with 10 and 40/100 GbE.


HD panel is scalable. Users can start with a 24-port version and

gradually retrofit it as needed. R&M carries the standard version

of the steel patch panel complete with a rear cable tie shelf. The

basic version is shortened at the rear, making it suitable for narrow

racks and distributors installed in raised floors. There is an

additional cover plate for the standard version to protect fiber

optic cables. Shielded modules are automatically grounded in the

course of installation.