patch panel automation

Echola Systems' optical patch panel automation switches enable test engineers and system developers to automate testbed connections dynamically from a remote location. This switch reduces retooling time because it does not require making physical fiber connections for each set of tests, allowing for more testing with fewer resources. Because it provides all-optical connectivity, it can be used with any protocol and at any speed. Unlike O.E.O conversion switches, expensive transceivers are not required for each port. The all-optical connectivity also has the advantage of low latency as it doesn't use another conversion layer.

 Echola Systems offers two different solutions to automate your optical patch panel.

1. OS series n(1xN) custom switch

os3012 1xN switch n1xN switch illustration

1xN optical switches have one input and multiple (N) outputs. The input light can be switched to any one of the output at any given time. The switching speed is less than 5ms. The n(1xN) optical switches have multiple(n) such 1xN switches in a single enclosure controlled by one network management module. There are a couple of popular models in the n(1xN) category: the OS414 supports 4(1x4) duplex optical switches in a single enclosure and the OS3012 supports 100(1x2) duplex optical switches in a single enclosure. For custom port configurations and pricing, contact

OS3012 Electrical Specifications
Input Power 100-240 AC
Total Power Consumption 10 Watts
Serial Port 1x RS232
Networking 1x 10/100 Ethernet
Optical Specifications
Optical connectivity 300 Duplex Multimode LC ports
Data rate No limitation - Physical Layer Switch
Wavelength (nm) 850/1300
Optical Technology 2x4 Electro-mechanical-optical switch
Insertion Loss (dB) 0.5 Typical, 0.8 Max.
Switching Time (ms) 10
Crosstalk (dB) -80
Repeatability (dB) 0.1
Mechanical & Environmental
Durability (Cycles) > 10 7
Chassis (RU) 10
Dimension (inch) 19 (W) x 14 (D) x 17.5 (H)
Operating Temperature range (C) -20 ~ 75
Storage Temperature range (C) -40 ~ 70
Humidity 5 ~ 85 % RH

For more details on OS414, click here to download user manual.

For more details on OS3012, click here to download user manual.


2. OMS series MxN matrix switch

MxN matrix optical switch - 4x4 OMS Cross-Connect switch The OMS series switch is a non-blocking matrix switch that allows light to be switched from any input port to any output port. We offer up to 250 x 250 ports in either single-mode or multi-mode versions. The power consumption of a fully-loaded unit is less than 10 watts! The figure on the right illustrates how a 4x4 matrix switch works. The 4x4 matrix is essentially eight 1x4 switches connected as shown. You can click on the figure to enlarge it. It shows a simple configuration where the switch is programmed to connect input port 1 to output port 1, input port 2 to output port 3, input port 3 to output port 2, and input port 4 to output port 4. But it can be programmed to switch light to any input port to any output port through a GUI or CLI command. The switching time is less than a second. Echola's OMS series offers six different standard configurations.

We currently offer a matrix switch with up to 32 channels, which is available only in the single-mode version. For custom configurations and prices, contact

Model # Ports # Port Pairs(Tx/Rx) Chassis
OMS64 32x32=64 16x16=32 2RU
OMS128 64x64=128 32x32=64 3RU
OMS192 96x96=192 48x48 = 96 4RU
OMS256 128x128=256 64x64=128 6RU
OMS384 192x192=384 96x96=192 8RU
OMS500 250x250=500 125x125=250 10RU
OMS spec

Click here to download the user manual of OMS series MxN matrix switch.

Click here to download the datasheet of OMS series MxN matrix switch.

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