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Speed Up Cabling Installations Using Port Replication: The Need for Speed

Speed Up Cabling Installations Using Port Replication: The Need for Speed

  • Oct 26, 2017
  • port replication, passive optical port replication, port mapping

By: Josh Taylor | Director – CABLExpress Product Management


Just like Tom Cruise in the movie Top Gun, we all "feel the need for speed," when it comes to making our data centers run faster and more efficient! Deployment and installation of new switching hardware in a data center is a daunting task. Everything needs to happen in a specific time window, and that window is typically small. 

Reducing the amount of variables (or things that can go wrong) is always a good idea in these instances. Port replicationeliminates the need for a very time consuming task!

Hold up - what's port replication? Make yourself comfortable and I'll explain.

Port replicationin Structured Cabling: Your wingman, anytime

Port replication “mirrors” the ports of active fiber optic hardware in a passive component (fiber patch panel), creating a direct, one-to-one relationship between the active hardware ports and the passive structured cabling environment.

What is this variable? Port mapping or port assignments. This very time consuming task involves labeling patch panel ports and cables to their associated ports. 


This is key to do upon installation in order to troubleshoot and trace issues that may arise down the road.  With port replication, port mapping is an exact “1 to 1."


Port 23 on your switch is port 23 on your patch panel.  No more using an abacus or cross-referencing a spreadsheet under a time constraint.  When you do not have an exact 1 to 1 relationship, cross-referencing is required.  This cross-referencing offers high potential for human error.  That error could lead to downtime, and nobody wants that.


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