M4FlexTM from Trompeter is the only external network
connectivity system that lets you flow multiple service wirelines into your
premise or campus through a single physical entry point. It delivers order
and space savings to today's congested wiring closets.
M4Flex means "mix and match media management flexibility."
The M4Flex system lets network infrastructure managers improve the
organization and efficiency of the enterprise's current inbound media and
enables clutter-free new media additions and switchouts.
Change is Accelerating
Changes in technology, regulation, and competitive market structures are creating
exciting new opportunities for integrating voice, data, and video (VDV) services
into enterprise networks.
But from a cable management perspective, installing the service lines for these
new capabilities is congesting central network wiring closets. Congestion happens
because a distinct network interface device is required at each point of presence
(PoP) handoff from each service provider.
And more change is coming. Telephone companies, multiple-system cable operators,
and co-located broadband providers are looking at fiber to the premise (FTTx),
Ethernet-in-the-first-mile (EFM), third-generation data-over-cable-service
(DOCSIS 3.0), xDSL and DSx-based service.
How M4Flex Ends Wiring Closet Chaos
A system of interchangeable "carrier class" interconnect and monitoring modules
let you commingle all wireline types - fiber, coax, or UTP - instead of having to
install separate network interface devices for each. Component "building blocks"
enable you to design the point of termination configuration best suited to your
Building Block 1 - Universal Subpanel
This is the mounting mechanism that enables modules for multiple connector types
to be co-located. This panel is roughly 4 inches by 1 inch in size with a pair
of installation grommets for rapid attachment/assembly.
Building Block 2 - Interchangeable Termination Modules
The most flexible is the keystone-type, which lets you mix multiple industry-standard
connectors in a single subpanel in a pass thru configuration. Currently available
keystone modules include 50 ohm BNC, 75 ohm BNC, 75 ohm F-type, RJ45, RCA, and SC
A second type of interchangeable module is the BNC pass-through/monitoring jack,
available for premise DS3 and digital video connectivity. These pass-through jack
modules have test ports that enable "quality of service" checks without service
disruption, and enable quick determination of which side of the handoff is responsible
for performance problems. Variations include gas-tube protection features that are
designed for outside plant installations.
Building Block 3 - Distribution Panels
There are three options for containing the modular subpanels, depending on the size
of the wiring closet. The most flexible and expandable distribution panel is the
rack-mount system, consisting of 19" or 23" wide 1RU high panels that hold three or
four loaded subpanels. The rack system is very scalable and capable of efficiently
organizing inbound wirelines for large building or campus wiring closets.
For smaller wiring closets, an excellent solution is the double-lockable enclosure.
These give the service provider and the network infrastructure manager secured access
to their respective sides of the handoff. Available models accommodate four subpanels,
allowing up to 20 keystone wireline pass-thru interconnects. Wall mounted L-brackets
holding up to three subpanels that allow up to 15 pass-thru interconnects are also
Connectivity Module Options:
UMP-5 Subpanel: Keystone-type subpanel that can be fitted with any combination of
75 ohm BNC, 50 ohm BNC, 75 ohm F, RJ45, RCA, or SC (fiber) jacks.
DDM-2UM digital distribution module: point of termination for DS3 service, with
front-side transmit and receive monitor ports.
DDPM-2UM dual-monitored digital distribution module: point of termination for DS3
service with front-side monitor ports and back-side network pass-through. Enables
dB millivolt meter testing to determine power level and oscilloscope testing to
check the noise floor under the primary signal stream.
TMM2-UM Test and monitoring module: Enables both line and network element bit error
rate testing via WECo series patch format. Each monitor port presents a -20 dB signal,
ensuring error-free monitoring.
Panel Mounting Options:
RP1 Rack Panels: 19" or 23" 1RU rack panels, holding three and four subpanels,
respectively. Ideal for large enterprise installations.
FONS-WM Enclosure: Lockable wall-mounted enclosure that holds up to four subpanels.
Excellent choice for exterior mounting or interior applications where exposed
connectors are undesirable.
Wall-mounted L-bracket panel that holds up to three subpanels. Perfect for small
interior wiring closets.