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Optical Fibre LANmark Patch Panel with Snap-in INSTALLATION GUIDE

Optical Fibre LANmark Patch Panel with Snap-in

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INSTALLATION GUIDE FOR OPTICAL FIBRE LANmark PATCH PANEL with Snap-in

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preparation of the Patch panel................................3 Choosing connector types......................................4 Fibre termination ..................................................6 Direct connectorisation..................................6 Termination with fusion splicing......................8 Finalization of the installation................................11

Important Remark

Installation is to be performed by qualified service personnel

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LANmark-OF Patch Panel

The Installation of a fibre Patch Panel must be carried out with care and precision. Make shure to work on a clean and level worksurface.

In the package following items are included: 1 4 4 3 Patch panel with front cagenuts with screws bolts of different length for fixation of 1 to 4 splicetrays loop rings

All other products must be purchased seperatly, the product numbers are mentioned where needed.

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Phase 1 Preparation of the patch panel

Leave some extra cable ( 5m) at different places on the cable link. This makes it easier to repair in case of a broken cable. A minimum of 5 meters OF cable should be foreseen in the cabinet as this will facilitate the termination of the cable in the OF patchpanel. Preferably do the termination of the OF in the patch panel on a table before screwing the patch panel into the frame. Always cut the first meter of cable as this part can be damaged after pulling the cable, bending, water damage... More specific installation guidelines on indoor optical fibre cable can be obtained from our Optical Fibre Indoor Cable INSTALLATION GUIDE which is available from our NCS website.

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Remove the front plate and slide the Patch Panel open.

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Press the loop rings in the foreseen holes. They will be used later to support the fibres. The advantage of the Snap-in patchpanel is the flexibility to accept different types of couplers and connectors. Four versions can be installed by using the LANmark snap-in couplers. These couplers must be purchased seperatly. Available couplers are: DSC, SC, 2LC and MT-RJ Please be aware that patchcords with a DSC connector are not compatible with two separate SC couplers. The orientation of the key member is different. Please consult the list below.

Phase 2 Choosing connector types

N205.611 N205.621 N205.614 N205.624 N205.612 N205.613 N205.623

LANmark-OF Snap-in Adapter 2LC-2LC Multimode LC LANmark-OF Snap-in Adapter 2LC-2LC Singlemode LANmark-OF Snap-in Adapter DSC-DSC Multimode LANmark-OF Snap-in Adapter DSC-DSC Singlemode LANmark-OF Snap-in Adapter MT-RJ - MT-RJ LANmark-OF Snap-in Adapter SC-SC Multimode SC LANmark-OF Snap-in Adapter SC-SC Singlemode Duplex SC MT-RJ

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Snap the couplers into the Patch Panel by hooking the top of the coupler under the front mounting plate and then lowering the connector into its aperture. ! Make sure to keep all protective caps on the couplers during installation to avoid ingress of dust.

To remove the coupler: put a small screwdriver under the connector in the opening to unlock.

Optional blank fillers (N420.655) can be installed where no couplers are inserted.

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Phase 3 Fibre termination

Two termination practices are supported depending the used construction of your fibre cable. In case of loose tube construction we advice to fusion splice to pigtails using a splice tray for protection. Due to the fragile nature of the 250m fibre we advice not to use direct connectorisation a special microtube (N890.045) must be used to protect the fibre when direct termination is chosen. In case of tight buffer constructions both fusion splicing with pigtails and connectorisation are possible. Following table may help you choose the preferred method.

Loose tube 250m fibres Fusion Splicing MM Connectorisation MM Fusion Splicing SM Connectorisation SM

SC Yes Yes, with microtube Yes Not advised or with microtube

LC Yes Yes with microtube Yes Not advised or with microtube

MT-RJ Yes NO NO NO

Tight Buffer 900m fibres Fusion Splicing MM

SC Yes, using Heatshrink splice protectors Yes Yes, using Heatshrink splice protectors Yes

LC Yes, using Heatshrink splice protectors Yes Yes, using Heatshrink splice protectors Yes

MT-RJ Yes, using Heatshrink splice protectors No Yes, using Heatshrink splice protectors No

Connectorisation MM Fusion Splicing SM

Connectorisation SM

Phase 3A Direct connectorisation

Remove 2 meters of the outer sheath and the aramid/glass yarns from the cable. Consult specific guidelines on removing the outer jacket depending the construction. Avoid damaging the fibres while cutting the outer jacket and yarns. For 250 fibres the tube must be removed leaving at least two loops in the loop rings. Make sure to clean the fibres with De-Solv-It to remove the gel.

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You can either use an optional cable gland (PG-16) or the square opening using tie wraps on the back to bring in the fibre cable. Fix a permanent label on the fibre cable for future identification. Provide at least two spare loops in the patch panel and put the fibres in the loop rings. Measure the length of each fibre to the coupler respecting both bending radius and the color order and cut the rest of the fibre. Take the fibre out of the loop rings and mount the connectors on the fibre. When mounting connectors on 250 fibre you will need to use an optional microtube (N890.045) to reduce risk of damaging the fibre. It is advisable to label the fibres for easy identification. Remove the dust protection caps on one side of the couplers where connectors will be inserted. A quick cleanness check of the couplers may be advisable. Compressed air or alcohol can be used to clean the couplers if there is ingress of dust. Loop the fibres back in the loop rings and insert while respecting the colour coding the mounted connectors in the couplers. The Recommendations to maintain duplex OF channel polarity technical paper, which is available from our NCS website, should be considered when choosing the colour order. Continue with Phase 4

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Phase 3B Termination with fusion splicing

In case of tight buffer fibre: Un-strip the fibre cable to a length of at least 1.6 meters to allow enough spare fibre for later maintenance purposes. Consult specific guidelines on removing the outer jacket depending the construction. Avoid damage to the fibres while cutting the outer jacket and yarns.

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In case of loose tube fibre: Remove 1.6 meters of outer sheath from the tube(s). Use the correct tools in order not to damage the fibres while cutting the tube. Attach the outer coating of the cable onto the base at the back of the patch panel by means of tie-wraps. Tighten the tie wraps firmly. If no tie wraps are used, then an optional cable gland (PG-16) has to be used to affix the cable to the patch panel. Fix a permanent label on the fibre cable for future identification.

Up to 4 splice trays may be installed to hold up to 48 fibre splices. Splice trays for fibre splice protections are available in metallic or heat-shrink versions. It is advisable to install a maximum of 12 splice protections per tray. In specific cases up to 24 metallic protected splices can be installed. Fix the first splicetray central in the patchpanel with a bolt.

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Remove the tube from the fibre to allow fixation in the splicetray (A) by means of tie wraps. Clean the fibres with De-Solv-it to remove the gel. Make sure to have at least two loops of loose fibres in the splicetray. Up to twelve fibres can be installed per heat shrink splicetray and up to 24 splices can be installed using metallic alu protections. Remove the dustcaps from the couplers on the inside of the Patch Panel. A quick cleanness check of the couplers may be advisable. Compressed air or alcohol can be used to clean the couplers if there is ingress of dust. Insert the connectors of the pigtails in the couplers. Measure the length of the 900 buffer needed to fix the pigtail in the comb (B) of the splicetray keeping in mind the bending radius. Make sure to use the comb on the side of the connectors you have just installed. The fibres from the pigtails should make two loops in the opposite direction. Our Maxi strip pigtails allow to remove the 900 buffer in one go after being cut at the right length. Minimum two loops of fibres from the pigtails in the splicetray is advised. In case of using a fibre cable with more than 12 250m fibres separation of extra fibres is needed. This can be done by using 20 cm (C) of empty tube for splicetrays N890.145 to link both splice trays on the opposite side of the pigtails. The top-right comb of the second splice tray must be removed in order to accept the tube with the fibres. Cut the first 12 fibres to the right length and joint them by fusion splicing with pigtails respecting the colour sequence. The Recommendations to maintain duplex OF channel polarity technical paper, which is available from our NCS website, should be considered when choosing the colour order.

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Protect the splices with a metallic N890.003 or a heat shrink splice protector N890.021. Fixate the splice protector into the correct splicetray at the designated place and gently loop the fibres back in the splice tray. For splicetray with metallic splice protection use N890.010 For splicetray with heat shrink protection use N890.020 For splicetray cover use N890.022 After installation of the first splicetray you may insert the other fibres from the same cable in the empty tube and fix the tube to the second splicetray. You may repeat the same phase to add the third and fourth splicetray where the pigtails are installed on the other side.

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Phase 4 Finalization of the installation

The Patch Panel can now be gently closed and installed in the cabinet. Screw the patch panel in the frame. Loop the fibre cable in the back of the cabinet respecting minimum bending radius of the cable. Add the front cover after installation in the cabinet. Label the ports conform the company policy.

The Patch panel is now installed.

Use a 2 HU patchguide to neathly install all patchcords maintaining the bending radius.

Push back the tray after installing all the patchcables. This in order to protect the connections.

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