Pre-terminated solutions from HellermannTyton

RapidNet is the world-leading pre-terminated, pre-tested cabling infrastructure solution from HellermannTyton. By choosing a pre-terminated RapidNet system it is possible to reduce installation times by up to 85% when using copper or 95% with fibre.

The pre-terminated RapidNet solution begins with the modular pre-terminated cassette. In its most common application, the pre-terminated cassette is then pushed into a specifically designed 1U RapidNet panel, which is located in a comms room or data centre rack. The pre-terminated cassette then offers a number of connectivity options at the other end.

The pre-terminated RapidNet solution has evolved significantly over recent years to meet the demands of a wide range of applications and cabling scenarios. Whilst the pre-terminated cassette to cassette is the most frequently used format in a cabinet to cabinet application such as data centres or large comms rooms, the RapidNet solution offers versatility allowing the pre-terminated solution to work in any network infrastructure situation.

RapidNet pre-terminated solutions are available in both fibre and copper formats. Pre-terminated fibre offers a range of options in both Single Mode and Multimode. Whether it's OS1, OS2, OM3 or OM4, RapidNet fibre is available in a  variety of connectivity formats including SC, LC and high density MTP. RapidNet pre-terminated fibre can be supplied as cassette to cassette, cassette to fan out, cassette to bare end or using MTP connectors on the rear, cassette with MTP backbone cables.

RapidNet pre-terminated copper is available in a 6-port cassette in category 6A, category 6 and category 5e. To offer the customer greater flexibility and choice, HellermannTyton also offer a 4-port cassette as well as a 12-port cassette in category 6 and 5e. RapidNet pre-terminated copper can be supplied as cassette to cassette, cassette to fan out, cassette to pod or floor box, cassette to bare end or cassette to data outlet.

The wide variety of connectivity options available with RapidNet ensures pre-terminated solutions can be applied to the most complicated installation scenarios.

HellermannTyton's RapidNet pre-terminated copper solutions offer options and flexibility to any network cabling infrastructure project. Available in Category 6A, Category 6 and Category 5e, HellermannTyton are able to supply pre-terminated copper RapidNet in 12-port, 6-port and 4-port cassettes.


12-Port Cassettes

Available in category 6 and category 5e, the 12-port RapidNet cassette presents 12 pre-terminated RJ45 ports per cassette and with 4 cassettes fitting into a 1U panel, the 12-port cassette offers a high density 48 ports in 1U of rack space.


6-Port Cassettes

The 6-port RapidNet cassette is available in category 6A, category 6 and category 5e. As with the 12-port cassette, the 6-port cassette clips into a specially designed RapidNet panel, accommodating up to 4 cassettes presenting 24 RJ45 ports.


4-Port Cassettes

The 4-port cassette, available in category 6 and category 5e, has it's own RapidNet panel that accommodates 6 4-port cassettes presenting 24 RJ45 ports in 1U of rack space. The 4-port pre-terminated solution was designed for call centres and commercial offices where typically you would find work areas with one data and one telephone port.

The pre-terminated RapidNet copper solution provides a range of end to end options. The RapidNet cassette will be present on one end and clips into a specially designed RapidNet panel and the other end can be terminated to a variety of formats including cassette, pod, keystone jack, RJ45 plug, shuttered outlet or even split cassettes and pods. 


Cassette to Cassette

The cassette to cassette pre-terminated solution is available in 12-port, 6-port and 4-port variations. The cassette to cassette option is typically used in a data centre or comms room application where rack to rack or cabinet to cabinet connectivity is required. Using the 12-port cassette it is possible to use a split cassette option using two 6-port cassettes on the others end providing additional flexibility in the data cabinet.


Cassette to Pod

The cassette to pod option is available in 12-port, 6-port (Cat6 and Cat5e only) and 4-port variations. Each pod houses up to 6 RJ45 outlets and can snap into a floor box or used as a consolidation point beneath raised floors or in ceiling voids. In some applications it is possible to use a split-pod option provide more flexibility at the work area end.


Cassette to Keystone Jack

The cassette to keystone jack is available in 6-port and 4-port options and gives the installer or end user added flexibility at the desk or 'work area' end. The keystone jack can be easily clipped into a selection of modules that can be fitted into floor boxes or wall mounted face plates.


Cassette to RJ45 Plug

The cassette to RJ45 plug option is available in 12-port, 6-port (Cat6 and Cat5e only) and 4-port variations. This RapidNet option has been designed for cabinet to active equipment installations where the use of a full cross-connect solution reduces the risk of damage to the ports on expensive active equipment.

HellermannTyton's pre-terminated RapidNet range offers the same flexibility as the copper products but has the added benefit of providing higher density connectivity and performance over greater distances.

The pre-terminated RapidNet fibre system is available as standard in single mode (OS1) and multimode (OM3 and OM4) formats.

The RapidNet fibre cassette offers a choice in connectivity options including LC, SC and MTP in cassette to cassette, cassette to fan out, or cassette with MTP connectors on the rear.


MTP Cassette to Cassette

The MTP cassette to cassette option is currently available in 4 variants. MTP enables users to install a high density fibre network without demanding too much rack space. Using the 24 Core MTP 12-port cassette, it is possible to achieve 1152 fibres in 1U of rack space.

MTP Core Count  Number of MTP  Connectors in Cassette  Total Number of fibres per 1U
 24   12  1152 
24 6  576 
 12  12 576
12  6   288 

The RapidNet MTP solution uses high performance, low loss Elite® connectors from US Conec. The RapidNet MTP solution has been designed to meet the demands of the data centre by providing reduced installation times, efficient use of space, flexible configurations and high performance.


MTP Cassette to Fan Out

The MTP cassette to fan out option has been designed to offer flexible, high density patching/connectivity. The MTP cassette presentation will be the same as above and the fibre fan out options will typically be to either 6 or 12 MTP connectors or for high density patching a 72 LC connector fan out is available.


LC Cassette to Cassette

The pre-terminated RapidNet LC cassette to cassette is available with either 24 LC ports (using 12 LC duplex adapters) or 12 LC ports (using 6 LC duplex adapters). The 24 port cassette provides up to 96 fibres in 1U of rack space whereas the 12 port cassette can achieve up to 48 ports in 1U.

The LC cassette to cassette solution is more commonly used in data centre applications or large comms rooms.


LC Cassette to Fan Out

The LC cassette to fan out uses either a 24 or 12 port LC cassette and presents the same amount of LC connectors in a fan out arrangement that is designed for fibre patching or connectivity into active equipment and hardware. The fan outs are also available with SC connectors providing flexibility when patching into equipment that uses the SC format.


SC Cassette to Cassette

The pre-terminated RapidNet SC cassette to cassette is supplied with 12 SC ports (using 6 SC duplex adapters) providing a maximum of 48 SC ports in 1U of rack space.

As with the LC cassette to cassette solution, the SC cassette to cassette version is more commonly used in data centre applications or large comms rooms. 


SC Cassette to Fan Out

The SC cassette to fan out uses the 12 port SC cassette and presents the same amount of SC connectors in a fan out arrangement that is designed for fibre patching or connectivity into active equipment and hardware. 


Cassette with Rear MTP Connector 

The Rapidnet cassette with rear MTP connectivity is available in a number of options. The 24 port LC cassette is available with 1 or 2 MTP ports on the rear of the cassette whereas the 12 port LC and SC cassettes are supplied with 1 MTP port on the rear. This option is ideal for installations in areas of limited space.

The RapidNet pre-terminated solution offers a great deal of connectivity flexibility across both fibre and copper ranges. To enhance this flexibility and meet the demands of installers and the various applications using pre-terminated RapidNet, HellermanTyton have developed a number of patch panel and cable management solutions that compliment the RapidNet range.


12 Port RapidNet Panel

The 12 port RapidNet patch panel accommodates four 12 port copper cassettes, with labelling fields presented o the actual cassette itself.

The RapidNet cassettes simply push into the panels with a push down clip. A fully loaded panel presents 48 category 6 or category 5e RJ45 ports.


6 Port Copper/Fibre RapidNet Panel

This RapidNet patch panel accommodates four category 6 or category 5e copper 6-port cassettes and the full range of MTP, LC and SC fibre cassettes.

The RapidNet cassettes simply push into the panel, snapping in place with a push down clip. The panel comes with dual, magnified labelling fields. 


6 Port Shielded RapidNet Panel

This RapidNet patch panel accommodates four shielded category 6A, category 6 or category 5e copper cassettes. The shielded panel is constructed with a metal shielding plate with three earthing anchor points.

The RapidNet cassettes push into the panels, snapping into place with a push down clip. The RapidNet panel is supplied with dual magnified labelling fields.


4 Port RapidNet Panel

The 4 port RapidNet patch panel accommodates six 4 port category 6 or category 5e copper cassettes.

The RapidNet cassettes push into the panel, snapping in with a push down clip. The RapidNet panel comes with dual, magnified labelling fields.


RapidNet 4U Distribution Chassis

HellermannTyton’s 4U Distribution Chassis is designed for use with the industry leading RapidNet pre-terminated system where high density patching is required together with class leading patch cord management.

The Chassis enables patch cords to be hidden from view and, with its high quality design and finish, enhances the visual presentation of a high performance data centre.

From standard density 384 fibre LC connections to high density 2,304 fibre MTP connections in each 4U of rack space, a range of different density requirements is catered for, no matter its location. The chassis can also accommodate 96 UTP copper ports. 


RapidNet Rear Cable Management Panel

HellermannTyton‘s RapidNet Panel with rear cable management provides support and protection for MTP backbone and fibre cables within a cabinet or patching frame.

The panel can also be used with the RapidNet direct terminated fibre solution, RapidNet MTP VHD or UTP copper RapidNet Cassettes, providing additional rear cable management and enabling a ’mix and match‘ approach between copper and fibre. 


RapidNet Hybrid Panel

The 1U RapidNet Hybrid Panel provides a simple 'Mix and Match' approach for both copper and fibre RapidNet. The panel offers capacity for the equivalent of 1U of fibre and 1U of copper in 1U of rack space, giving a saving of 1U of space each time the panel is used.


RapidNet Out Of Rack

Available in 3 variations the Out of Rack solution is designed to house the majority of the network patching and connectivity above the rack or cabinet, allowing the space within the cabinet to hold more active equipment.  

The Out of Rack solution is designed to be installed onto the over head cable basket and is suspended above the racks, providing either additional patching for the rack or an alternative patching area to enable more space for active equipment. 

Is RapidNet right for your project?

There are a number of benefits for choosing a RapidNet installation in a project. The benefits are not necessarily exclusive to just the installer or the end user; faster installation times, reduced labour budgets and high density solutions are just some of the benefits a RapidNet system offers.

Here is a six point guide, to questions that installers and end users should be asking when considering the RapidNet solution:


1. What type of Project are we looking at?

The RapidNet system is more flexible than many expect or believe. The common misconception is that a pre-terminated install is only suitable for data centres or new builds. Whilst this may be true to a degree it is not always the case and many successful RapidNet installations can be seen in re-fits of existing buildings.

When applying the RapidNet solution to a building re-fit, careful consideration of existing cable runs is needed before ruling it out as a solution. Have a look at the type of trunking already in place.  Are consolidation points in the ceiling void or under the floor a viable option? Perhaps a single ended RapidNet solution could be the answer where the cassette is plugged in at the comms room end and the ‘open’ end can be terminated to either panels or outlets.

The main issue encountered with a re-fit in an existing building is the apertures in floors, walls and ceilings. This issue has been addressed by some manufacturers where fibre connectivity is concerned with the development of the RapidNet fibre adapter module, allowing fibre fan out cables to be pulled through and then connected at the rack or comms room.

In new or purpose built buildings and data centres, the use of overhead cable runs, ceiling voids or under floor voids make RapidNet installations easier, allowing cable to be run efficiently from floor to floor into comms rooms or racks.


2. How soon do you need to go live?

The time an installation takes to complete is a key factor to both the installer and the end user. ‘Investment to Revenue Stream’ is a term used in the industry particularly relating to data centre space, it refers to the gap between making the initial investment into the installation and the time when the project is complete and the network or data centre is ready to use. In the case of a Co-location data centre, the sooner the infrastructure is in place, the quicker the data centre manager can take on customers and begin to see revenue.

When looking at completion time scales for a new build project, elements of the construction could over run despite the overall completion date being fixed. With data cabling usually one of last pieces of work to take place, the time window for this work becomes compressed. This is where the RapidNet solution stands out, providing the answer to meeting those tight deadlines.

For the installer, a reduced installation time should ultimately mean that there is a greater capacity for additional projects. If a project takes 3 days installing a RapidNet solution instead of 2 weeks using on site termination methods, this gives the installer resources to take on extra projects.

RapidNet can reduce installation times by up to 85% compared to a field terminated solution, therefore offering substantial benefits to both installer and end user.


3. How much more will a RapidNet solution cost?

The cost comparison of a RapidNet system to a standard field terminated solution isn’t always an obvious calculation.

On paper, a like for like comparison of product alone and naturally, the RapidNet system will be more expensive (about 20-25% based on a Category 6 installation), but this takes into account the pre-termination work that takes place in the manufacturer’s factory.

However, when taking a holistic view of the entire project factoring in the on-site labour, the cost difference is dramatically reduced to virtually nothing and in some cases we see a swing in the other direction where the field terminated solution is more expensive (especially where fibre is used).


4. What is being terminated?

In most cases, RapidNet cassette to cassette system is the most common solution installed. This will consist of a RapidNet cassette on one end, a length of cable or a loom and RapidNet cassette on the other end with the same format as the first cassette. The cassettes are then clipped or plugged into the RapidNet panel, presenting the standard number of connections you will see in a standard patch panel.

A key aspect to RapidNet is the flexibility, providing the end user or installer with a number of connectivity options. 

The cassette to cassette option above is more commonly found in a data centre scenario where multiple racks with servers and storage are connected to each other. However, the flexibility and variety offered by form Hellermanntyton include ‘to the desk’ applications using wall outlets or floor box pods and fan out solutions that allow connectivity directly into hardware.

This flexibility can be seen when implementing fibre systems too. RapidNet fibre solutions can provide as many variations as you’d expect form an on-site terminated solution. High density MTP, LC or SC connectivity as well as fibre fan outs, back bone cables are all available in from HellermannTyton.

The wide variety of connectivity options ensures the RapidNet solution can stand up to the most complicated installation scenarios.


5. How does a RapidNet system perform?

Performance will not be an issue when installing a RapidNet solution. All copper and fibre formats are available depending on the specification and project type. RapidNet can be supplied in Category 6A, 6 or 5e and both single mode and multimode fibre.

All of the ISO/IEC and TIA/ANSI performance standard criteria apply to the rapidNet solution for both fibre and copper and with RapidNet being supplied pre-tested the performance levels of the system will more than stand up to the demands of the network it is installed in.

HellermannTyton supplies product to site pre-tested. When the terminations are carried out in clean manufacturing facilities, it is best practice to test those terminations, ensuring they perform to the set standard. When the product arrives on site and installed, minimal acceptance testing is required which helps reduce the overall installation time and potentially reduce costs.

Testing at the end of an installation comes at a point when time pressure is at its greatest. A pre-tested, pre-terminated RapidNet solution, removes the risk of failure and helps avoid any trouble shooting at the end of the install where performance issues could result in re-cabling.

HellermannTyton offers a 25 year warranty on the system providing all onsite test procedures are followed giving the end user peace of mind.


6. Is a RapidNet system scalable?

Another benefit that can be seen from a RapidNet installation is its scalability and portability. Because of the modular design, RapidNet is effectively a ‘plug and play’ system, meaning it can be added to or moved with relative ease.

With RapidNet, planning for future network growth needn’t be an issue. Panels can be pre-installed, allocating space for expansion at a later date. HellermannTyton offer modular blanks which cover the spaces in the panels, reducing dust and dirt in the rack space. When the time comes the blanks can be easily removed and the pre-terminated RapidNet system can be plugged in place.

Because of its plug and play nature, RapidNet solutions are portable in the sense that they can easily be disconnected and if required moved to a different position in a rack or to a completely different rack.

RapidNet has been available in one form or another for the best part of 10 years. More and more industry professionals are acknowledging the benefits of the RapidNet solution and it should be a serious consideration for all project types.

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Update: 17/06/2017 © HellermannTyton 2016