How to Make Full Use of Fiber Optic Enclosure

Fiber optic enclosure is now being widely used in data center to provide high density and safe cabling environment in data centers or server room. With the cabling density of the data center becoming higher and higher, fiber optic enclosures are asked to provide more functions and more flexible cabling environment for various applications. A previous blog post of mine—Which Fiber Patch Enclosure Fits Your Data Center Application—has introduced various types of the fiber optic enclosures that are commonly used. Selecting the right fiber optic enclosure is necessary. The right use of fiber optic enclosure is also very important. This post will offer details about how to make full use of fiber optic enclosure in data center for flexible and manageable cabling environment.

Important Accessories for Flexible Cabling

When you buy an empty fiber optic enclosure, no matter it is a slide-out one or fixed one, there are many accessories like screws and grommet. The front panel of the fiber optic enclosure might not be loaded. There are several accessories that can directly determine the way you use a fiber optic enclosure. Taking the example of a 1U slide-out fiber enclosure as an example (shown in the following picture), the following will introduce three popular ways to use fiber enclosures with different accessories. The accessories required are separate, splice tray & FAP (fiber adapter panel), slack spool & FAP and HD MTP cassette.

1U fiber optic enclosure

Fiber Optic Enclosure for Fiber Splicing Joints

Accessories required for fiber splicing joints in this fiber optic enclosure are splice tray and FAPs. The splicing tray can be installed on the slide-out drawer of the fiber enclosure for fiber splicing joints storing and cabling. An additional multi-fiber pigtail is also required to be fusion spliced with the input fiber optic cable. Then this fiber pigtail will be connected to the FAPs installed on the front panel. The following picture shows the loaded and connected fiber optic enclosure for fiber optic splicing joints.

fiber optic enclosure for splicing joints

Fiber Optic Enclosure for Patch Cord Connections

Patch cording connection fiber optic enclosure is very common. Just install two slack spools and four fiber adapter panels on this fiber enclosure. It could provide an easy-to-manage environment for fiber patch cables. The two spools installed in the slide-out drawer can help to manage these fiber patch cords The following picture shows a breakout fiber patch cable installed in the fiber optic enclosure and being well organized by the spools.

fiber optic enclosure with spools

Fiber Optic Enclosure for MTP Interface to LC Interface Transferring

With the deployment of the 40G/100G network, the transferring between 40G/100G MTP interfaces and 10G LC interfaces is requires. To minimize the installation time and ensure the connection quality, MTP cassettes are widely used. This 1U rack mount fiber optic enclosure can hold up to 4 HD MTP cassettes. The following picture shows the loaded fiber optic enclosure with four HD MTP cassettes which are connected by several input MTP trunk cables.

fiber enclosure with MTP cassettes


Using different accessories fiber optic enclosures can meet diverse cabling environment requirements. The above mentioned three methods are the most commonly used ones. Kindly visit FS.COM or contact for more details about fiber optic enclosure, if you are interested.