What can be said about patch panels? For start, that they are an integral part of a network system. So much that without them data transmission is ineffective. In other words, they are the functional piece that increases the efficiency and use of a network system.
Patch panels are designed to consolidate all horizontal cabling in the system’s infrastructure. There one organized point for all cables to terminate neatly.
Patch Panel’s Use
A patch panel is the point where data in collected and routes to its intended destination. A faulty patch panel may lead to a system failure. This tells you how important they are. They are used for a network system allowing the ease of managing telecommunications networks in buildings.
What are Ports?
The ports are the physical point of connection. They are where data enters and leaves the panel. Each port routs signal to a specific destination. The number of ports may vary (12, 24, 48 etc) and should be selected according to need. When designing a LAN network, the number of ports needed will be determined allowing the appropriate panel size to be used.
Patch panels are configured to accommodate Ethernet cables in a local area network (LAN). They serve as a static switch board allowing the cables to interconnect network computers within the LAN as well as to outside lines, including the internet and/or other wide area networks (WAN).
Patch panels may also be used to connect and manage fiber optic cables.
Patch Panel Types
Patch panels are categorized by the number of ports. The most common ones are 12 port, 24 port and 48 port panels. They are designed per specific cable type, such as Cat5e, Cat6, Cat6a and Cat7 cables. Specific panels are designed for unshielded twisted pair (UTP) and shielded twisted pair cables.