It is known that fiber optic patch cables are normally named after optical connector or the fiber type, thus people can differentiate optical patch cables according to their names. Today a new fiber optic patch cable—push-pull patch cable is developed to provide high-density performance. Can you tell what this type of cable is used for? Why use push and pull to describe this patch cable? And what is the unique advantage over traditional patch cables? The following articles will provide a satisfying solution to you.
Push-Pull Patch Cable Overview
The world is marching towards big data age, and data centers are upgrading to 40/100G Ethernet and beyond, which is a goods news for users, but a real problem for network designers. In order to keep the path with customers’ requirement, network designers are supposed to put forward a cost-effective solution. Other than adding more floor space, they prefer to increase the power density of the data center. Therefore, push-pull tab patch cables are created.
Push-pull patch cable (or push-pull tab patch cable) is a new patch cord with a unique connector design that can help to solve the problems of finger access in high-density cabling as shown in Figure 1. Push-pull tab patch cable has the same components and internal-structure as the traditional patch cords, except a tab attached to the connector used for pushing or pulling the whole connector. With this connector design, technicians can finish the installing and removing procedures with only one hand and no additional tools are needed.
Nowadays, this high-density push-pull patch cable, with either MPO or LC connector, is widely used in 40G and 100G network cabling. LC-HD TAB fiber patch cables and MPO-HD TAB fiber patch cables are the two common types of push-pull tab patch cable available on the market. Though traditional patch cables are also popular in the data center, the push-pull tab patch cables are superior in the following aspects.
It is usually difficult to disengage the traditional patch cords because its duplex latch of the patch cord often sits underneath the base of the connector above. But push-pull patch cable with this new ‘Pull’ tab design, the latch is extended out to the space in front of the connector, making it easy to pull and disengage the patch cord.
Higher Flexibility and Adjustability
Push-pull patch cords are utilized in various specifications which can connect different generation of devices from 10Gb/s to 120Gbp/s or more. It provides safe and easy push and pull of the specific connector without affecting the other connectors around it. Additionally, the initial investment cost may be reduced for the high-density and easy-installation feature.
The traditional connectors often require a small vertical space above and below the adapters. While the low profile push-pull TAB patch cable, together with its pull tab, allow adapters to be stacked with absolutely no vertical space.
Push-pull tab patch cables with its unique connector design, provides improved accessibility, reduced installation costs and outstanding performance to meet the never-ending requirement for high-density data center applications. Fiberstore provides a full range of push-pull patch cables that will help free up space. We have simplex&duplex LC-HD patch cords, 12&24 fibers MPO-HD patch cords, MPO-LC harness cables, Push-Pull LC patch cable, providing low-loss performance for multi-mode and single mode high speed networks and improving network performance. If you have any inquiry of our products, please contact us directly.