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Publication numberUS20040209515 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 10/814,877
Publication dateOct 21, 2004
Filing dateMar 31, 2004
Priority dateApr 3, 2003
Also published asCN1551421A, CN100585956C, EP1465438A1, EP1465438B1, US8382515, US20090004913
Publication number10814877, 814877, US 2004/0209515 A1, US 2004/209515 A1, US 20040209515 A1, US 20040209515A1, US 2004209515 A1, US 2004209515A1, US-A1-20040209515, US-A1-2004209515, US2004/0209515A1, US2004/209515A1, US20040209515 A1, US20040209515A1, US2004209515 A1, US2004209515A1
InventorsJack Caveney, Mark Donnell
Original AssigneeCaveney Jack E., Donnell Mark J.
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
High density patch panel
US 20040209515 A1
Abstract
A patch panel is disclosed. The patch panel includes a frame, a faceplate mountable into a rear side of the frame, and at least one modular jack mountable into a rear side of the faceplate. The frame has a plurality of faceplate openings, and the faceplate has a plurality of mounting openings. Each mounting opening has at least one modular jack retention latch. A method for assembling a patch panel is also disclosed.
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1-16. (canceled)
17. A patch panel comprising:
a frame having a top flange and a bottom flange, the frame including a plurality of faceplate openings;
a faceplate mountable to the frame within the top flange and the bottom flange, the faceplate having a plurality of mounting openings and each mounting opening having at least one modular jack retention latch; and
at least one modular jack mountable into a rear side of the faceplate.
18. The patch panel of claim 17, wherein the frame receives six faceplates.
19. The patch panel of claim 17, wherein the top flange of the frame has a plurality of first apertures and the bottom flange of the frame has a plurality of second apertures.
20. The patch panel of claim 19, wherein at least one of the first apertures receives at least one first faceplate retention latch, and at least one of the second apertures receives at least one second faceplate retention latch.
21. The patch panel of claim 17, wherein the frame has a center bar extending horizontally from a first end thereof to a second end thereof.
22. The patch panel of claim 17, wherein the frame includes indicia centered above each modular jack position.
23. The patch panel of claim 17, wherein the frame has a plurality of first mounting apertures at a first end thereof and a plurality of second mounting apertures at a second end thereof.
24. The patch panel of claim 17, wherein the faceplate is releasably mounted to the frame.
25. The patch panel of claim 17, wherein the faceplate is mounted into a rear side of the frame.
26. The patch panel of claim 17, wherein the faceplate has a top flange including at least one first faceplate retention latch and a bottom flange including at least one second faceplate retention latch.
27. The patch panel of claim 26, wherein the top flange of the faceplate has at least one release arm.
28. The patch panel of claim 17, wherein the faceplate has four mounting openings.
29. The patch panel of claim 17, wherein each mounting opening includes two modular jacks.
30. The patch panel of claim 17, wherein each mounting opening includes two modular jack retention latches.
31. The patch panel of claim 17, wherein each mounting opening includes a plurality of modular jack stops that define a lateral position of the modular jack.
32. The patch panel of claim 31, wherein the plurality of modular jack stops are disposed along a bottom flange of the faceplate.
33. The patch panel of claim 17, wherein the faceplate has eight modular jack mounting positions.
34. The patch panel of claim 33, wherein each modular jack mounting position includes a plurality of modular jack stops.
35. The patch panel of claim 17, wherein each modular jack is releasably mounted to the faceplate.
36. The patch panel of claim 17, wherein each modular jack is mounted to the faceplate in the same orientation.
37. The patch panel of claim 17, wherein each modular jack is slidingly installed along a linear path into a mounted position in the faceplate.
38. The patch panel of claim 17, wherein at least two modular jacks are vertically aligned within the patch panel.
39. The patch panel of claim 17, further comprising forty-eight modular jacks within one rack unit.
40. A patch panel comprising:
a frame having a plurality of faceplate openings;
a faceplate mountable into a rear side of the frame, the faceplate having a plurality of mounting openings and each mounting opening having at least one modular jack retention latch; and
at least one modular jack mountable into a rear side of the faceplate.
41. A faceplate assembly comprising:
a faceplate having a plurality of mounting openings, each mounting opening having at least one modular jack retention latch; and
at least one modular jack slidingly installable along a linear path into a mounted position in the faceplate,
wherein each mounting opening further includes guides that define a lateral position of an installed modular jack.
42. A patch panel comprising:
a frame having two panel sections angled outwardly in an inverted V-shape;
a faceplate mountable to the frame; and
at least one modular jack mountable to the faceplate.
43. A patch panel comprising:
a frame having two panel sections angled outwardly in an inverted V-shape;
a faceplate mountable to the frame; and
at least one modular jack slidingly installable along a linear path into a mounted position in the faceplate.
44. A method of assembling a patch panel comprising the steps of:
providing a frame having a top flange and a bottom flange, the frame including a plurality of faceplate openings;
mounting a faceplate having a plurality of mounting openings within the top flange and the bottom flange, each mounting opening having at least one modular jack retention latch; and
mounting at least one modular jack into a rear side of the faceplate.
45. A method of assembling a patch panel comprising the steps of:
providing a frame having a plurality of faceplate openings;
mounting a faceplate having a plurality of mounting openings into a rear side of the frame, each mounting opening having at least one modular jack retention latch; and
mounting at least one modular jack into a rear side of the faceplate.
46. The method of claim 45, wherein the modular jack is slidingly installed along a linear path into a mounted position in the faceplate.
47. The method of claim 45, further comprising the step of mounting the patch panel to a network rack.
Description
    CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS
  • [0001]
    This application claims priority to U.S. Provisional Application Serial No. 60/459,217, filed on Apr. 3, 2003, the entirety of which is hereby incorporated by reference.
  • BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • [0002]
    The present invention is directed to a patch panel and, more particularly, a high density patch panel utilizing six, eight-position faceplates for housing a total of 48 ports in one rack unit.
  • [0003]
    24-port and 32-port patch panels having frames that mount to any standardized 19-inch network rack and utilize one rack space are known in the telecommunications industry. However, prior art devices, such as the connector mounting receptacles disclosed in U.S. Pat. No. 5,672,074, require the connector to be rotated into engagement with the wall plate and, thus, require a significant amount of space between connector rows.
  • [0004]
    Moreover, 48-port patch panels having frames that mount to any standardized 19-inch network rack and utilize one rack space are known in the telecommunications industry. However, prior art devices, such as Hubbell Premise Wiring's UDX Series Jack Panels, mount the connectors directly into the rear of the patch panel frame, and thus, do not have a faceplate mounted into the frame. Also, the Hubbell jack panels utilize a staggered frame design to facilitate installation and removal of the keystone connectors. In fact, if two keystone connectors were vertically aligned within the patch panel, the connectors would occupy more than one rack unit (1.72 inches high).
  • [0005]
    It would be desirable to provide a patch panel having a total of 48 ports in one rack unit.
  • [0006]
    It would also be desirable to provide a patch panel having two rows of modular jacks mounted therein, with at least two modular jacks vertically aligned within the patch panel.
  • [0007]
    It would further be desirable to provide a patch panel having a plurality of modular jacks capable of being mounted straight into the rear of a faceplate to minimize the required distance between the two rows of modular jacks.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • [0008]
    A patch panel is disclosed. The patch panel includes a frame, a faceplate mountable into a rear side of the frame, and at least one modular jack mountable into a rear side of the faceplate. The frame has a plurality of faceplate openings, and the faceplate has a plurality of modules. Each module has at least one modular jack retention latch.
  • [0009]
    Preferably, the frame has a top flange including a plurality of first notches and a bottom flange including a plurality of second notches. Moreover, the frame includes indicia centered above each modular jack position.
  • [0010]
    Preferably, the frame has six faceplate openings, and a center bar extending from a first end thereof to a second end thereof. Moreover, the frame has a plurality of first mounting apertures at the first end and a plurality of second mounting apertures at the second end.
  • [0011]
    Preferably, the faceplate has a top flange including a plurality of first faceplate retention latches and a bottom flange including a plurality of second faceplate retention latches.
  • [0012]
    Preferably, each faceplate has four modules and eight modular jack openings. Each module includes two modular jacks, two modular jack retention latches and three modular jack stops.
  • [0013]
    Preferably, the patch panel includes forty-eight modular jacks, with at least two modular jacks vertically aligned within the patch panel.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF FIGURES
  • [0014]
    [0014]FIG. 1 is a top front right perspective view of a patch panel according to the present invention;
  • [0015]
    [0015]FIG. 2 is a top front right perspective view of the frame utilized in the patch panel of FIG. 1;
  • [0016]
    [0016]FIG. 3 is a front view of the frame of FIG. 2;
  • [0017]
    [0017]FIG. 4 is a bottom view of the frame of FIG. 2;
  • [0018]
    [0018]FIG. 5 is a top front right perspective view of one of the faceplates utilized in the patch panel of FIG. 1;
  • [0019]
    [0019]FIG. 6 is a front view of the faceplate of FIG. 5;
  • [0020]
    [0020]FIG. 7 is a right side view of the faceplate of FIG. 5;
  • [0021]
    [0021]FIG. 8 is a bottom view of the faceplate of FIG. 5;
  • [0022]
    [0022]FIG. 9 is a top view of one of the modular jacks utilized in the patch panel of FIG. 1;
  • [0023]
    [0023]FIG. 10 is a front view of the modular jack of FIG. 9;
  • [0024]
    [0024]FIG. 11 is a right side view of the modular jack of FIG. 9;
  • [0025]
    [0025]FIG. 12 is a partial exploded top front right perspective view of FIG. 1, showing the faceplates being inserted into the rear of the frame;
  • [0026]
    [0026]FIG. 13 is a right side view of the faceplate similar to FIG. 7, showing the modular jack prior to insertion into the faceplate;
  • [0027]
    [0027]FIG. 14 is a right side view of the faceplate similar to FIG. 7, showing the modular jack after insertion into the faceplate;
  • [0028]
    [0028]FIG. 15 is a cross-sectional view taken along lines 15-15 of FIG. 12, showing the modular jack prior to insertion into the faceplate; and
  • [0029]
    [0029]FIG. 16 is a cross-sectional view taken along lines 16-16 of FIG. 12, showing the modular jack after insertion into the faceplate.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS
  • [0030]
    The illustrated embodiments of the invention are directed to a high density patch panel utilizing six, eight-position faceplates for a total of 48 ports in one rack unit.
  • [0031]
    [0031]FIG. 1 shows a fully assembled high density patch panel 20. The patch panel 20 includes a frame 22 (see FIGS. 2-4), a plurality of faceplates, such as faceplate 24 (see FIGS. 5-8), and a plurality of modular jacks, such as modular jack 26 (see FIGS. 9-11). Preferably, the frame 22 is metal, and the faceplate 24 is plastic. However, it is likewise contemplated that the frame 22 and the faceplate 24 may be made of various materials.
  • [0032]
    As best seen in FIG. 12, the patch panel 20 has six, eight-position faceplates 24. However, it is likewise contemplated that the patch panel 20 may include any number of faceplates having any number of positions. For example, the patch panel 20 may include four, twelve-position faceplates or twelve, four-position faceplates.
  • [0033]
    [0033]FIGS. 2-4 show the frame 22. Although the frame 22 is flat, it is likewise contemplated that the frame 22 may be angled, as disclosed in U.S. patent application Ser. No. 09/916,923, the disclosure of which is incorporated by reference. The frame 22 has a center bar 28 that runs the horizontal length of the frame 22 and adds strength to the frame 22. The center bar 28 divides each faceplate opening 38 into two separate openings. As best seen in FIG. 2, the frame 22 has a top flange 30 including a plurality of notches, such as notch 32. Similarly, as best seen in FIG. 4, the frame 22 has a bottom flange 34 including a plurality of notches, such as notch 36. The notches 32, 36 allow the faceplate 24 to be snap-mounted into the rear side of the frame 22.
  • [0034]
    As best seen in FIGS. 2 and 3, the frame 22 has a plurality of faceplate openings, such as faceplate opening 38, for receiving a plurality of modular jacks, such as modular jack 26 shown in FIGS. 9-11. Indicia 40, such as numbers 1-48, are silk-screened and centered above each module position for identifying each individual port on the frame 22. The frame 22 also includes a plurality of mounting apertures, such as mounting aperture 42, for securing the frame 22 to any standardized 19-inch rack.
  • [0035]
    [0035]FIGS. 5-8 show the faceplate 24. As best seen in FIG. 5, the faceplate 24 has a top flange 44 including two faceplate retention latches 46, 48. Similarly, as best seen in FIG. 8, the faceplate has a bottom flange 50 including two faceplate retention latches 52, 54. The retention latches 46, 48, 52, 54 allow the faceplate 24 to be snap-mounted into the rear side of the frame 22, as shown in FIG. 12.
  • [0036]
    As best seen in FIGS. 5 and 6, the faceplate 24 has four modules 56, 58, 60, 62, and each module only accommodates two modular jacks to increase the strength of the faceplate 24. Each module includes two modular jack retention latches 64, 66, which allow the modular jacks to be mounted straight into the rear of the faceplate 24 and flush with the frame 22. The modular jack retention latches 64, 66 maximize the patch panel density because the straight-in insertion of the modular jacks minimizes the required distance between two vertically stacked modular jacks. Each module also includes three modular jack stops 68, 70, 72, which secure two modular jacks therein.
  • [0037]
    In operation, the faceplate 24 is snap-mounted into the rear of the frame 22, as best seen in FIG. 12. Once all six faceplates are inserted into the rear of the frame 22, the plurality of modular jacks are inserted into the rear of the faceplates. FIGS. 13 and 15 show the modular jack 26 prior to insertion into the rear of the faceplate 24. As best seen in FIG. 15, the modular jack 26 abuts the rear of the modular jack retention latch 64. Conversely, FIGS. 14 and 16 show the modular jack 26 after insertion into the rear of the faceplate 24. As best seen in FIG. 16, the modular jack retention latch 64 abuts the rear of the modular jack 26, and the front of the modular jack 26 abuts the modular jack stop 70.
  • [0038]
    The disclosed invention provides a high density patch panel having a plurality of faceplates mounted therein, each faceplate having modular jack retention latches that allow modular jacks to be mounted straight into the rear of the faceplate and flush with the frame. It should be noted that the above-described and illustrated embodiments and preferred embodiments of the invention are not an exhaustive listing of the forms such a patch panel in accordance with the invention might take; rather, they serve as exemplary and illustrative of embodiments of the invention as presently understood. By way of example, and without limitation, a patch panel having a faceplate including modular jack retention latches on the side walls thereof is contemplated to be within the scope of the invention. Many other forms of the invention are believed to exist.
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Classifications
U.S. Classification439/540.1
International ClassificationH01R13/518, H01R13/74, H01R13/514, H04Q1/14
Cooperative ClassificationH04Q1/13, H01R13/518, H04Q1/09, H04Q2201/02
European ClassificationH01R13/518, H04Q1/14C
Legal Events
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Apr 12, 2004ASAssignment
Owner name: PANDUIT CORP., ILLINOIS
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNORS:CAVENEY, JACK E.;DONNELL, MARK J.;REEL/FRAME:014510/0772;SIGNING DATES FROM 20040402 TO 20040407