[rescue] Smaller patch panels? (home wiring)
sunrescue1 at marknmel.com
Wed Feb 20 05:15:48 CST 2013
On 2/20/2013 1:42 AM, Bill Bradford wrote:
> One thing I need is a 24 or 48-port RJ45 (Cat5/e) patch panel to
> terminate some runs into.
Nice! I'm afraid I don't have anything kicking about, but I can offer a
free suggestion ;-)
As I built out the network around my place I initially started with a 48
port patch panel with 110 punchdown on the back. While that works,
punchdown is really meant for a nice comm cabinet or two-post rack where
you have decent rear physical access. At home, if you ever want to make
a change (add a drop or two), it begins to be a bit of a p.i.a. to do
this given the limited access behind.
Since then, I've found that the keystone patch panel is a little more
serviceable. Just add ports as you need them. They also deal well with
evolving standards and you are not limited to ethernet either - (HDMI,
Toslink, Component, Speaker etc). I think they are inexpensive to get
going with. Fully populated they do cost a bit more than 110 style.
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