In common with all active systems, a number
of components are required to implement the Real Time Patching
These could be seen as the heart of the system.
Receiving signals from Real Time enabled patch panels and network
hardware, the system monitors will relay connectivity information
back to a PC equipped with Real Time software and database across
any IP network. Capable of tracking from 256 to 2048 ports, any
ten system monitors can be connected to form a patch zone of up to
20480 ports. There is no limit to the number of patch zones that
can be supported on a single database.
Patch Panels, Integration Strips and Sensor
Real Time patch panels incorporate a sensor pad
enabling the presence of of a Real Time patch cord to be detected.
Integration Strips are contact strips that can be added to the
panels of active network equipment enabling the same functionality
to be achieved. The addition of these sensor strips to existing
patch panels makes the Molex Real Time Patching System the only
system that can be retro fitted to an existing cabling
Close inspection of a Real Time patch cord
reveals an integrated probe contact which activates the sensors
within the patch panels, integration strips and sensor strips.
This contact is moulded onto the plugs boot and not the plug
itself, so standards compliant connectivity can be maintained.
A series of specially designed cables is used to
connect patch panels and sensor strips back to system monitors.
Often the least visible element of the Real Time
Patching System, the Real Time software is a key component. A
simple to use graphical user interface sits in front of a very
powerful database, enabling the Network Manager to customise the
information that is delivered. From simple connectivity to
detailed network analysis can be delivered. The optional
integration with SNMP, HPOV and numerous other network related
applications further extends its reach and power.