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Comprehensive Guide for Fiber Cassettes

Updated on May 19, 2023 by
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Fiber cassettes are an essential component of fiber optic networks, providing a convenient and organized way to manage and access multiple fiber optic cables. In this article, we will explore what a fiber cassette is, the different types, and the importance of fiber optic cassettes.

What Is A Fiber Cassette

A fiber cassette is a type of networking device for effective cable management. They are typically modular and can be easily installed and removed, offering splicing solutions and integrated patch cords in a compact package. With this feature, fiber optic cassettes can simplify network installation and improve cable management, saving time and reducing the risk of interference with other fiber patch cords in the network enclosure, which makes them ideal for data center deployments and other telecommunications applications.

Fiber cassettes come in various sizes and configurations, depending on the number of fibers they need to accommodate. Some fiber cassettes are designed to hold only a few fibers, while others can hold dozens or even hundreds of fibers.

fiber cassette

Different Types of Fiber Cassettes

In fact, the types of fiber optic cassettes may vary according to different standards. Here are some factors that enterprises should take into consideration when choosing a suitable fiber cassette for their network infrastructures.

Use Case

From the aspect of the use case, 1RU rack-mounted fiber cassettes can be divided into clamshell/sliding/rotational fiber optic cassettes. Clamshell fiber cassettes are the earliest fiber cassettes, which are quite cheap but not convenient to use. Compared with clamshell fiber cassettes, sliding and rotational fiber optic cassettes have a higher price because they are easier to install and maintain the cables. Instead of removing the cassettes from the rack to handle the cable, IT professionals can do so by simply pulling or unscrewing the cassette tray.

Front Panel

Depending on the design of the front panel, fiber optic cassettes can be divided into two types: front panel fixed fiber cassettes and front panel, not fixed fiber cassettes. Typically, the front panel fixed fiber cassettes are standard 19 inches wide with a fixed number of fiber adapters on them, which can be mounted to a standard EIA 19” rack directly as shown below.

FHU fiber optic cassettes

For the front panel, not fixed fiber cassettes, 3 or even 5 detachable fiber optic cassettes can be deployed into the fiber enclosures. Moreover, they are usually used for high-density cabling and flexible cable management.

FHD fiber optic cassettes

Fiber Termination

According to the two different fiber termination methods of pigtail fusion and pre-terminated, there are two types of fiber optic cassettes: pigtail fusion splicing fiber cassettes and pre-termination fiber cassettes. Inside pigtail fusion splicing fiber cassettes, there is a fiber splicing tray mainly used to manage and place the splicing fibers at work sites. However, inside pre-termination fiber cassettes, there are only spools for managing the fiber optic cables, which greatly saves installation time and labor costs by simplifying the step of terminating optical fibers on the working site.

Fiber Termination

Importance of Fiber Optic Cassettes

Fiber cassettes are an essential component in fiber optic networks as they play a significant role in securing and organizing fiber optic cables.

  • Protection and Organization of Fiber Optic Cables: Fiber optic cassettes provide protective housing for delicate fiber optic cables and help keep them well-organized. They keep fiber optic cables from becoming tangled or damaged, ensuring the uninterrupted transmission of data.

  • Easy Installation: Fiber cassettes are simple to install, and they are available in a range of sizes to accommodate different fiber counts. They can be inserted into panels or rack mounts without the need for specialized installation tools.

  • Flexibility: Fiber cassettes are typically available with different connector types LC, SC, or MTP/MPO, allowing for a variety of different connection types to be used in the same cassette. This flexibility makes it possible to upgrade the network with the existing infrastructure cabling, saving a lot of costs.

  • Cost-effective: Fiber optic cassettes feature a compact, modular design, allowing them to be easily replaced or upgraded as needed without replacing the entire network infrastructure, which reduces material and installation costs. This makes fiber cassettes an ideal choice for companies that need to maintain a high level of network performance while keeping costs under control.

Conclusion

Fiber cassettes with different types are a critical component of fiber cabling, providing a modular and organized way to manage multiple fibers. They offer several benefits, including improved fiber protection, flexible network design, reduced downtime, and cost-effectiveness. As such, fiber optic cassettes have become an essential tool for data centers, telecommunications, and other organizations that an immense amount of fiber cables have to deal with.

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