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 Question by Aid Fullerton posted 26 Jan 2001
 Patch Panels
Dear cabling experts,

Please could you explain the logic/advantages of patch panels. Why not cable straight from hub/switch to wallplate or equipment? What do they achieve?
Thanks in advance.

 Answer by Roman Kitaev posted 30 Jan 2001

Patch panels provide a method of arranging circuits. The patch panel is the central place where circuits are connected, re-connected and administered.

Using patch panels, you will not have to move and disturb the horizontal cable (which is actually not designed for being moved a lot) and ports at the active equipment.

The only case I can think of where the patch panel may not be needed is direct connection of two PCs by a crossover cord.

Best regards
Roman Kitaev, RCDD

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