Wall Plates Tutorial
Wall plates are not strange to us. As long as there are cable located, there are wall plates. However, these inconspicuous components are not as simple as you think. There are many kinds of them which may put in there to confuse you, especially when you need to choose them for the subscriber termination of your network. This tutorial would give you a comprehensive understanding of wall plates and the related accessories.
Introduction to Wall Plates
Wall plate, also called wallplate or wall plate outlets, is a highly configurable wall plate outlet products, available in single-gang and double-gang configurations. In the past, it is used to connect telephones and other peripherals to a network. But now, it is mainly designed for use within Fiber-To-The-Desk (FTTD) applications since the wide deployment of FTTx.
Wall plates protect electrical outlets and accommodate a variety of cabling solutions such as coaxial, twisted pair, fiber, and HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) cables. Wall plates protect your network by keeping your connections safe from dust, physical damage, and foreign objects.
A variety of fiber and copper adapters may be loaded into the wall plate in any configuration. These adapters may be purchased individually or pre-loaded into the wall plate outlet. The wall plate outlet is also available with angled faces that allow fiber connectors and jumpers (i.e fiber patch cables/cords) to easily transition and exit down the wall. Single-gang wall-plate outlets are available with up to 6-port capacity (4-port angled) while double-gang versions offer 12-port capacity (8-port angled).
Types of Wall Plates
According to different classification criteria, wall plates can be division to different types.
>>According to transmission media of the network, there are mainly two types of wall plates: optical network wall plates, copper network wall plates.
Optical Network Wall Plates
Copper Network Wall Plates
>> According to different applications, there are several types of wall plates shown as following.
Keystone Wall Plates
Keystone wall plates are made of plastic and have one to twelve ports to accommodate a variety of jacks and connectors for both single and double gang wall boxes. A keystone port is a hole in the wall plate which allows the insertion of a keystone module or other male or female cabling connectors. The most common colors of keystone wall plates are beige and white. Keystone wall plates are commonly made to be compatible with NEMA standard openings and boxes.
Keystone wall plate features anywhere from 1 to 6 small holes for keystone modules, which can be applied to a number of different multimedia applications. A "keystone module", for those who might be unaware, is a small snap-in package featuring a connection port for any number of purposes, including audio, video, data, networking and more. Like most types of outlet plates, these come in multiple different color types to help match in with the surrounding decoration or whatever mood you're in on any given day.
A/V (Audio / Visual) Wall Plates
Telephone Wall Plates
Gang Wall Plates
The keystone modules have a rectangular face of 14.5 mm wide by 16.0 mm high and are held in place with flexible tabs. This allows them to be snapped into a mounting plate with correspondingly-sized rectangular holes, called ports. All keystones, regardless of the type of jack they carry, are interchangeable and replaceable. This provides much flexibility in arranging and mounting many different types of electrical jacks in one plate or panel without requiring customized manufacturing.
Some keystones use a pass-through type connector, where there is a jack on both the front face as well as the rear side. Others only have a jack on the front and employ a different mechanism for hard-wiring signal cables to the rear, such as a mini 110 block, an insulation-displacement connector, or a crimp or solder connection.
AC Power Plugs and Sockets
Plugs and sockets for portable appliances started becoming available in the 1880s, to replace connections to light sockets with easier to use wall-mounted outlets. A proliferation of types developed to address the issues of convenience and protection from electric shock. Today there are approximately 20 types in common use around the world, and many obsolete socket types are still found in older buildings. Co-ordination of technical standards has allowed some types of plugs to be used over wide regions to facilitate trade in electrical appliances, and for the convenience of travellers and consumers of imported electrical goods. Some multi-standard sockets allow use of several different types of plugs; improvised or unapproved adapters between incompatible sockets and plugs may not provide the full safety and performance of an approved socket and plug combination.
Wall Plate Solutions in Fiber-Mart
Fiber-Mart offers a variety of wall plates including both fiber optic wall plates for FTTH access and network face plates for copper cabling.
FTTH Fiber and Copper (Cat5e/6) Outlet
FTTH Fiber Optic Wall Plates
Note: The wall plates in stock are without adapters.
Network Face Plates
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News for Wednesday 25 April, 2018