Use one patch panel to save closet space and cost of MACs

Run at least four Category 5 cables, fiber-optic cable, or both types of cable to all end-user locations and terminate them in the closet to one patch panel. Cable drops can then be used for either voice or data applications because patch cords in the closet can be rerouted. This method also reduces customer costs associated with moves, adds, and changes.

Aug 1st, 1999
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Richard Pendleton

David Lacasse

InterBridge Communications LLC

Problem

The telecommunications closet (TC) has insufficient space for voice and data equipment racks.

Solution

Run at least four Category 5 cables, fiber-optic cable, or both types of cable to all end-user locations and terminate them in the closet to one patch panel. Cable drops can then be used for either voice or data applications because patch cords in the closet can be rerouted. This method also reduces customer costs associated with moves, adds, and changes.

Procedure

•Install a 19-inch equipment rack in the TC, and outfit it with Category 5 110 blocks.

•Run four Category 5 cables to each workstation, punch down at 110 blocks, and use color-coded patch cords for each system--voice, data, modem, fax, and printer.

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Using Category 5 cables for voice and data allows network connections to be interchanged.

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Color-coded patch cords on the patch panel differentiate between systems.

Richard Pendleton is a certified network engineer and president, and David Lacasse is a registered communications distribution designer (RCDD) and manager of cabling services, both at InterBridge Communications LLC (Glastonbury, CT). This tip was submitted for the Cabling Installer Tips` Contest at Cabling Installation Expo `98 last October in Atlanta.

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