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How to Use D-Ring Cable Manager

Updated on Dec 29, 2023 by
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Cable manager

Data centers are increasingly burdened by cable clutter from more devices and connections. While patch panels and enclosures aid in organization, cables, particularly fragile fiber optics, often get disorganized and damaged. Enter the D-Ring Cable Manager: a simple, low-cost tool that tidies and secures cables, streamlining rack setups for safer, more efficient data center management. This post is to introduce the D-ring cable manager and how to use it, which can solve your cable management problem easily and cost-effectively.

D-Ring Provides Cleaner, Easier and Safer Cable Routing

The D-ring, or D-ring cable manager is a simple accessory that can be used individually on any suitable plat like wall or installed on cable management panel to provide easy and orderly cable routing. The using of D-ring cable manager also helps to protect the cables. Installers can route large amounts of cable through the robust D-rings easily. When used with cable management panel a safe routing space can be provided. The following picture shows the D-rings used with a 1U cable management panel, which provides clean fiber cable routing for a 1U CWDM Mux/Demux.

D-Ring

Types and Selection of D-Ring Cable Manager

D-ring cable managers are designed with different sizes, shapes and materials for different applications. There are mainly two types of D-ring according to applications one is for vertical D-Ring cable management and the other is for horizontal D-Ring cable management. As for the materials, durable metal is more popular during applications. The selection of D-ring cable manager should also consider the size of a D-ring and cable count the D-ring going to hold. The following picture shows horizontal cable management and vertical cable management applications of D-rings.

Types and Selection of D-Ring Cable Manager

D-Ring in Vertical Cable Management

When a D-ring is used for vertical cable management, it can be directly installed on the server rack using appropriate fasteners. It can be used for both front or rear cable management, providing a tidy cabling appearance and easy cable adding or removing in vertical cabling environment, as shown in the following picture.

D-Ring in Vertical Cable Management

D-Ring in Horizontal Cable Management

The using of D-ring in horizontal cable management is more flexible and can be used with a wide range of cable management products for different applications. In most horizontal cable management applications, D-ring is installed on cable management panels. Here introduce two of the most commonly used horizontal D-ring cable managers.

 

1U D-Ring cable manager

The first one is a 1U D-Ring cable manager that features 5 Detachable D-rings, enabling you to organize cable layout within an enclosure or a rack. Meanwhile, it can reduce tension on equipment ports and prevent damage to expensive rack-mounted devices. In addition to cable management, this panel improves the efficiency of your cooling system by covering unused rack space, which offers an economical solution for current and future applications.

1U D-Ring cable manager

0U D-Ring cable manager

The second one is a 0U D-Ring cable manager which takes up 0U rack space in your device and is compatible with all standard 19" EIA racks or cabinets. Constructed of a high-quality steel panel, this D-Ring cable manager offers 5 detachable and rotatable PC plastic D-rings for routing cables through your server rack and reducing cable stress. Using the “Zero U” advantage, you can optimize server configuration by stacking more active devices to realize maximum efficiency and reduce costs. Meanwhile, this D-ring cable manager features a 360-degree rotation capability and can be detached without tools, offering unparalleled flexibility and customization to accommodate various cable capacities and installation preferences.

0U D-Ring cable manager

How to Use D-Ring During Cable Management

When using D-rings for cable management, it's important to first plan the route your cables will take, gauging the amount and size of cables you'll be organizing. Once you've mapped out the trajectory, select D-rings that can comfortably handle the load and fit your cables without being too crowded. Depending on the environment, opt for either plastic for light-duty work or metal for more demanding conditions. To mount the D-rings, gather your tools—such as a drill, screws, and potentially wall anchors, and proceed to attach them along the designated path, whether that's on a rack or a wall. Ensure that they are aligned and level, spacing them at intervals that prevent the cables from sagging or bending too aggressively, which is typically every 16 to 24 inches, though this can vary.

Carefully run your cables through the D-rings, taking care not to cause any sharp bends or excessive force on the cables. To keep them neatly in place, use either cable ties or Velcro straps to secure them within the D-rings, being careful not to constrict them too tightly to avoid damage. Cable ties provide a more permanent hold but require cutting for adjustments, while Velcro straps offer flexibility for future cable modifications. Finally, it's prudent to regularly check the setup to ensure the cables are not under undue stress, make any necessary adjustments to accommodate changes and maintain a tidy and efficient cable management system. By following these steps, you can use D-rings to create a clean and organized cable environment that aids in maintenance and functionality.

FS Cable Managers with D-Rings

D-ring is a small cable management accessory, which is simple but useful for clean and tidy cable management. The above-mentioned horizontal D-ring cable managers can be sold both in set or separately on FS.com. Moreover, FS extends a comprehensive rack integration service, designed to be a one-stop solution for better cable management solution, catering to all your data center requirements. Fs is committed to providing high-performing panels, enclosures and racks through professional and reliable capabilities. The product is rigorously tested before leaving the factory to ensure that the end faces are clean, and insertion loss and return loss meet international telecommunications standards.

If you have any questions about your cable management, you can visit our website at www.fs.com or contact us. Let FS partner with you to streamline your network's cable management, reinforcing the backbone of your business's connectivity.

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