In almost every TR space is at a premium, square feet equal dollars, after all, and space is a major consideration when designing a TR. TRs need to hold equipment, patch panels, enclosures, cable terminations and, of course, cross-connects...so how do you make it all fit?
One often-overlooked solution is a wall-mount cross-connect. Yes, a cross-connect or inter-connect could go into a rack, but a wall is essentially free real estate. Wall-mount cross-connects are easy to use in dense connection applications, since they offer:
· A very high-density and flexible solution that meets Category 6A performance
· Easy moves, adds and changes because every connection is now on the same wall
· Select systems offer cut-to-length management using cable vs patch cords that keep the connection field clean and material costs low
Wall-mount cross connects enable you to install your passive connectivity on the walls instead of in racks, leaving that valuable space for active components, and possibly even reducing the number of racks your TR requires. They can also smooth the transition every time technology must be upgraded.
But, like with anything, there may be a few downsides you're thinking about. In a typical wall-mount cross connect setup, two connection points are involved - a connection to a switch and a connection to the workstation outlet on the horizontal cable. One connection replicates the equipment port, and the other terminates at the horizontal cable. Could that extra connection point be a potential point of failure? Could it add to material and labor costs?
Well, Belden's REVConnect Category 6A Wall-Mount Cross Connect cuts down on all of that. It's more cost-effective, high-performing, reliable and safe than other solutions on the market. It uses cut-to-length management, meaning no slack management, no patch cord inventory and no wasting short pieces of leftover cable.
And because it’s part of the REVConnect Connectivity System, the cross connect features the same award-winning termination method seen in all REVConnect solutions, ensuring that no training or special skills are necessary to complete termination. The same termination technology is used in patch panels, workstation outlets and cross connects. The end result: Easier, faster installation. See it in action below!