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1. WO2012149020 - RACK AND CHASSIS FOR FIBER OPTIC SLIDING ADAPTER MODULES

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CLAIMS:

1. A fiber optic adapter assembly comprising:

a wall arrangement including at least a first wall and a second wall, the first and second walls defining opposing sets of grooves, each set of grooves including a first groove, a second groove, and a third groove; and

a module housing defining a plurality of passages, each passage defining first and second ports configured to receive fiber optic connectors, the module housing defining a first set of guide rails at a first side of the module housing and a second set of guide rails at a second side of the module housing, each set of guide rails including a first guide rail, a second guide rail, and a guide extension, the guide rails of the module housing being configured to be slidably received in the grooves of the first and second walls.

2. The fiber optic adapter assembly according to claim 1 , wherein the fiber optic adapter ports are configured for interconnecting LC-type fiber optic connectors.

3. The fiber optic adapter assembly according to claim 2, wherein the module housing defines twelve adapter ports.

4. The fiber optic adapter assembly according to claim 1 , wherein the module housing has a stepped configuration with two passages defined at each step.

5. The fiber optic adapter assembly according to claim 1 , wherein the guide extension is disposed between the first and second guide rails.

6. The fiber optic adapter assembly according to claim 1, wherein the guide extension is substantially shorter than the first and second guide rails.

7. The fiber optic adapter assembly according to claim 1, further comprising a handle that is pivotally coupled to one end of the module housing to facilitate sliding the module housing along the grooves of the first and second walls.

8. The fiber optic adapter assembly according to claim 7, wherein the handle is configured to pivots between a first position, in which the handle extends generally parallel to insertion axes of the ports, and a second position, in which the handle extends generally parallel to the guide rails of the module housing.

9. The fiber optic adapter assembly according to claim 8, wherein the handle is configured to pivot towards the user when moved from the first position to the second position.

10. The fiber optic adapter assembly according to claim 7, further comprising a locking tab that cooperate with the walls to releasably secure the module housing in a non-extended position.

1 1. The fiber optic adapter assembly according to claim 10, wherein the handle is located on an opposite side of the guide rails from the locking tab.

12. The fiber optic adapter assembly according to claim 10, wherein the locking tab is located at a common end of the module housing as the guide extension.

13. The fiber optic adapter assembly according to claim 1, wherein each port has a major dimension and a minor dimension that is smaller than the major dimension, wherein the ports are lined up along their minor dimensions to form a length of the module housing.

14. The fiber optic adapter assembly according to claim 1, wherein the length of the module housing ranges from about 3 inches to about 3.3 inches.

15. The fiber optic adapter assembly according to claim 14, wherein the length of the module housing ranges from about 3.1 inches to about 3.2 inches.

16. The fiber optic adapter assembly according to claim 15, wherein the length of the module housing is about 3.16 inches.

17. The fiber optic adapter assembly according to claim 16, wherein the module housing defines twelve adapter ports.

18. The fiber optic adapter assembly according to claim 1, wherein the module housing has a width that ranges from about 0.5 inches to about 1 inch.

19. The fiber optic adapter assembly according to claim 18, wherein the width of the module housing ranges from about 0.6 inches to about 0.8 inches.

20. The fiber optic adapter assembly according to claim 19, wherein the width of the module housing is about 0.68 inches.

21. The fiber optic adapter assembly according to claim 20, wherein the module housing defines twelve adapter ports.

22. The fiber optic adapter assembly according to claim 1 , wherein the length of the module housing ranges from about 3 inches to about 3.3 inches and a width of the module housing ranges from about 0.5 inches to about 1 inch.

23. The fiber optic adapter assembly according to claim 22, wherein the length of the module housing is about 3.16 inches and the width of the module housing is about 0.68 inches.

24. The fiber optic adapter assembly according to claim 1 , wherein the module housing is configured to hold a plurality of contacts that couple to a printed circuit board mounted to the module housing.

25. The fiber optic adapter assembly according to claim 1 , wherein the wall arrangement also includes a plurality of additional wall, each of the additional walls defining opposing sets of grooves, each set of grooves including a first groove, a second groove, and a third groove.

26. The fiber optic adapter assembly according to claim 25, further comprising a plurality of additional module housings, each additional module housing defining a plurality of passages, each passage defining first and second ports configured to receive fiber optic connectors, each module housing defining a first set of guide rails at a first side of the module housing and a second set of guide rails at a second side of the module housing, each set of guide rails including a first guide rail, a second guide rail, and a guide extension, the guide rails of each module housing being configured to be slidably received in the grooves of two of the walls.

27. An adapter arrangement comprising:

a monolithic body defining twelve passages extending along insertion axes between first and second sides of the body, each passage defining a first port and a second port, each port being configured to receive an LC-type connector, each passage having a major dimension and a minor dimension that is smaller than the major dimension, wherein the passages are oriented so that the minor dimensions align along a length of the body, the length ranging between about 3.1 inches and about 3.2 inches; and

a handle pivotally mounted to the body, the handle having a width that ranges between about 0.6 inches and about 0.7 inches.

28. A method of accessing ports of an adapter module housing, the method comprising:

pivoting a handle of the adapter module housing towards the user;

applying an upward force to the handle to slide the module housing upwardly and forwardly relative to surrounding guide walls;

sliding the module housing relative to the guide walls until a locking tab snaps into a detent defined at a top of the guide walls;

wherein pivoting the handle towards the user causes a distal end of the handle to move towards the locking tab.

29. The method of claim 28, wherein pivoting the handle of the module housing towards the user depresses the module housing relative to the guide walls sufficient to release the locking tab from a detent at a bottom of the guide walls.

30. The method of claim 28, wherein the adapter module housing is one of a plurality of adapter module housings that are slideably mounted in parallel to a plurality of guide walls, the method further comprising:

selecting one of the adapter module housings to access, wherein pivoting the handle of the adapter module housing comprises pivoting the handle of the selected adapter module housing.

31. A fiber optic adapter assembly comprising a wall arrangement including at least a first wall and a second wall, the first and second walls defining opposing sets of grooves, each set of grooves including a first groove, a second groove, and a third groove.

32. A fiber optic adapter assembly comprising a module housing defining a plurality of passages, each passage defining first and second ports configured to receive fiber optic connectors, the module housing defining a first set of guide rails at a first side of the module housing and a second set of guide rails at a second side of the module housing, each set of guide rails including a first guide rail, a second guide rail, and a guide extension, the guide rails of the module housing being configured to be slidably received in the grooves of the first and second walls.