Triax Patch Panels Explained

Last week we highlighted some of the benefits of our triax cable systems, compared to twinax cable systems. But it’s also important to understand how they connect to the big picture, and how they can work together with the help of triax patch panels.

If you’re unfamiliar with patch panels, think about a telephone switchboard: one cable connects the operator to the switchboard, a mass of cables connect the board to the community (“Let me patch you through.”).

Patch panels make it easy for technicians to quickly and easily redirect a signal path, without needing a bunch of dedicated switching equipment. And they add flexibility and organization, making it easy to test signals and optimize the cable system.

These days, you’ll see patchbays in any setting where you have a wide variety of A/V inputs and outputs (microphones, cameras, instruments, sound equipment, soundboards, amps, etc.) that need to be organized and controlled in order to get the desired output, like recording studios. Instead of wasting time organizing cords or installing a temporary set of cables each time the band sets, a good set of patch panels simply make it easier to plug in to permanent cables, get right to work and start making music.

Since triaxial cable systems are most often used for visual applications like camera-CCU connections, triax patch panels come in handy anywhere commonly used for filming. This includes TV or movie studios, of course, but also places like sports arenas and government buildings that are common spots for news crews. Triax patchbays make it easy for TV crews to plug in to permanent triax cables, stay connected to their truck outside, and start shooting—without having to wire in a massive network of cables throughout the building.

We provide multiple patch panels and accessories, including:

• TRB and BNC distribution panels
• Standard and subminiature patch panels
Cable assemblies and looping plugs
Racks, cabinets and shelving

… plus a full catalog of patching accessories, including:

• Standard twinax/triax patching
• Front-loading modular panels
• Subminiature twinax/triax patching
• Standard twinax/triax looping plugs
• Subminiature twinax/triax looping plugs
• Standard coax patching

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