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By culukn2 ·
I have just taken over as Network/IT Administrator for a company. Needless to say they use Krone patch panels for voice and data. It is a horrible mess. There are no cut to fit cables, no labeling, cables are run anyway on the patch panel, wrapped around cable management loops. I would like to move to an Ortronics patch panel with wire management. Do you see any issues with this?

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by timwalsh In reply to Cabling on Krone patch pa ...

The only possible "issues" I can see is can the company afford either the downtime during the work week or the overtime so you can work after business hours to figure out the mess.

Is it going to be a hassle? Sure, especially trying to trace allthe cables. But in the long run you will be much happier with a neater installation. Users (especially your boss) will be much happier in the long run because tracking down any wiring-related issues is much easier with a neat (and well-documented)installation.

While there is technically nothing wrong with Krone equipment, it does require a (more or less) proprietary tool (which means it is more expensive) to properly terminate it.

Which ever way you go, you are essentially starting from scratch (as far as wiring the patch panel) so you might as well go with equipment you are comfortable with.

One small issue will be what is presently being used for the wall jacks (Krone or standard 110 type) and if they are Krone, whether toreplace them now or only as needed.

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by OTL In reply to Cabling on Krone patch pa ...

DOWNTIME ? To do a proper cutover I prefer to install new cables, to ensure proper routing and the least RF interference. Ensure minimul downtime (one at a time, Max. 5 minutes while you run to the other end of the building, 30 seconds if you have2 techs).

Preparation is the key to a smooth cutover, preped for everything except the, " where does this go?, confusion". One at a time is the safest and smoothest way to replace older propierty equipment.

BTW - Just finished worst cut, 84 hours downtime for one circuit due mainly to bad card, from OEM.

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