Fiber optic connectors are often installed in what are known as patch panels. Patch panels allow organized arrangement and re-arrangement of fiber optic interconnection hardware, and are commonly seen at the locations of routers and hubs. Patch panels allow all connectors to be in plain view at once where they can be easily labelled for improved fiber management. An example of a patch panel is illustrated in the figure below.
Wall outlets allow a fiber optic line to be connected to premises wiring. Wall outlets are often protected from dust either by facing the opening downward or by the implementation of a closing cover.