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By mdl3 ·
Hello, few questions regarding patch panels, Im confused on the application of these devices!
1-In what situations are patch panels the best choice?
2-what connects to de back of it? and what connects to the RJ45's on front?
3- any web-site where to look at a patch panel appication and configuration graphic?
Thanks guys !
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by Joseph Moore In reply to Patch panels

Patch panels are your friend!
2) In your office, you have data ports installed; 1 or 2 data jacks per desk. The CAT5 cabling from the desks runs through the building to your patch panel, say the panel in Cabinet #1. YOu have 10 desks, each with 2 data jacks (2 RJ45 connections), and a 24-port patch panel. YOu also have a Cisco switch that is your office backbone, where all of the CAT5 from the desks has to be plugged in together so all machines can communicate.
Ok. The switch is 2 feet from the patch panel. So, you have the 20 CAT5 cables that are running under the floor, through a wall, and up some cable gutters, and they punch down into the back of Cabinet #1 patch panel. YOu labeled each cable, and you know where each CAT5 cable from the office is punched down to.
YOu then get some 3-feet long CAT5 to use a patch cords. You plug 1 end into port 1 on the patch panel, and the other into port 1 on the switch. Continue until all 20 office data jacks are connected.
Then a week later, the user who uses data jacks # 7 & 8 has been fired, and you have been told to sever his network connection immediately! Well, you check you chart, see which data jack numbers are his, and you calmly walk to the patch panel and unplug the right 2 patch cables from the switch, leaving them dangling from the patch panel.
It is a whole heck of a lot easier to manage patching users into the switched network with patch panels, instead of using really long CAT5. All you ever have to think about is plugging in and unplugging 3 feet strands of CAT5!
1) If you have more than 2 data connections, then I say get a patch panel.
3) Don't know of any offhand.

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by mdl3 In reply to Patch panels

Got it , Great!
Tanks a lot!
MDL3

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