Numbering Scheme - Fiber

This section describes how cards and ports are numbered within a patch panel.

The cards and ports within a patch panel are numbered starting from the upper left corner at the number 1 position (shown below). Each position number increments by one while moving to the right. The next row’s numbering starts on the left hand side and continues to the end of the row on the right, where the process starts over again.

The image below is an example of how this works with a 1 column and 8 rows.

The example below shows how this system works when there are 8 columns and 1 row.

The following example shows how both cards and ports follow the same numbering scheme. Each card contains a set of ports that have 8 columns and 1 row. The cards themselves are arranged horizontally in a grid that has 1 column and 8 rows.

The following image shows each card have ports arranged in a grid that has 1 column and 8 rows. The cards are arranged vertically in a grid that has 8 columns and 1 row.

The next example shows each card having a port arrangement of 4 columns and 1 row. The cards are arranged horizontally in a 2 columns with 8 rows.

The image below shows the ports arranged in 2 columns or 8 rows. The cards are arranged vertically in 4 columns of 1 row.

The example below shows the ports arranged in 2 columns of 4 rows on each card. Each card is arranged vertically in 4 columns of 2 rows.

The arrangement of the ports and cards is controlled by a number of fields. These fields have required model names, so that the Fiber Manager application can locate the information and use it correctly.

The model names that are important for patch panel card placement are:

Object Class

Field Name

Field Model Name

Description

PATCHPANEL

NUMBEROFCARDCOLUMNS

FiberNumberGridColumns

Specifies the number of columns of patch panel cards arranged within the patch panel.

NUMBEROFCARDROWS

FiberNumberGridRows

Specifies the number of rows of patch panel cards arranged within the patch panel.

PATCHPANELCARD

SLOTPOSITION

FiberGridPosition

Specifies the card position within the patch panel according to the specifications described above. This might vary from the Card Name.

The model names that are important for port placement are:

Object Class

Field Name

Field Model Name

Description

PATCHPANELCARD

NUMBEROFPORTCOLUMNS

FiberNumberGridColumns

Specifies the number of columns of ports arranged on the patch panel card.

NUMBEROFPORTROWS

FiberNumberGridRows

Specifies the number of rows of ports arranged on the patch panel card.

FRONTSIDEPORT

PORTPOSITIONONCARD

FiberGridPosition

Specifies the port position according to the specifications described above.

PORTNUMBER

PortNumber

A name or number that the client can assign to a port. This might vary from the Port Position on Card used to determine the position of the ports.

BACKSIDEPORT

PORTPOSITIONONCARD

FiberGridPosition

Specifies the port position according to the specifications described above.

PORTNUMBER

PortNumber

A name or number that the client can assign to a port. This might vary from the Port Position on Card used to determine the position of the ports.

Finally, Card and Port names do not have any bearing on their position. For example, a Card might have the name Card 01, but that does not place it in the first position. The Slot Position dictates its position on the panel. However, the names do appear on reports and should be populated with informative names for the benefit of the end user.

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