Installation & Setup

Installation and Setup - 1

Step 1: Plan your rack

In order to benefit from the logic of the PATCHBOX system we recommend to install the PATCHBOX unit either above or below the switch and using two Patchcatches for each patch panel.

Installation and Setup - 2

Step 2: Install PATCHBOX mounting rails

Release the rail’s fastening screw. Insert rail into the cabinet resting the rail’s rear pegs in the cabinets mounting holes. Extend the rail to fit the depth of the cabinet and fasten the rail’s screw. 

network rack installation tool

Step 3: Mount Setup.exe (optional)

Mount the Setup.exe securing the weight of equipment, such as switches until they are securely screwed in. Click here to find out more.

Installation and Setup - 4

Step 4: Insert PATCHBOX

Slide the PATCHBOX onto the mounting rails leaving a small gap between the 19” rail and the unit for the Patchcatch in Step 5.

Patch Cable Hook

Step 5: Insert PATCHBOX Patchcatch

One on either side of the unit the PATCHBOX Patchcatch is placed between the PATCHBOX Frame and the 19” rail.

Installation and Setup - 6

Step 6: Secure PATCHBOX with hex nuts

Using the supplied hex nuts secure the PATCHBOX into the network cabinet.

patch cable labeling

Step 7: Insert PATCHBOX ID Labels

Print and insert your printed ID labels into the face of each PATCHBOX Cassette. Click here for a print document template. 

Patching patch cords

retractable patch cables

Step 1: Release the Cassette Cable Stopper

Having released the cable stopper, pull out one end of the desired catch cord. 

patch cables network rack

Step 2: Pull out patch cord with overlength

Pull out patch cord with enough overlength to span from the desired port to the PATCHBOX.

Patching Cables network rack

Step 3: Patch the patch cord

Connect the patch cord to the desired port.


Step 4: Guide patch cords with PATCHBOX Patchcatch

Guide the patch cord through the PATCHBOX Patchcatches along the side of the cabinet.

Patching Patch Cords - 5

Step 5: Guide patch cords with PATCHBOX Patchcatch

It’s important to always patch from top to button inorder to to have the ability to feed overlength cable back into the cassette.

Patch Cables network rack

Step 6: Activate Cassette Cable Stopper

Allow any excess patch cord to be pulled back into the cassette and then activate the cable stopper.

Tracing patch cords

Patch Cable Identification

Wiggle / pull on the patch cord

Pull / wiggle one end of a patch cord and immediately identify the other end of the patch cord by its movement.