110 vs rj45

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 Question by chris martin posted 08 Feb 2001
 110 vs rj45

I currently work for a School district that has deployed 110 block punchdowns. We are running Cat5 from workstations to the 110 block then cross connect to another 110 block then terminate at a switch. Is there a benefit in replacing all our 110 blocks with RJ45 patch panels?
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 Answer by Roman Kitaev posted 09 Feb 2001
Hi, Chris!

There are two criteria you should evaluate:

(1) Transmission performance
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All patch panels (RJ45 & 110) are rated for a performance Category (Category 5, for example). As soon as both patch panels are of the same Category, you will not get any benefits.

(2) Ease of administration
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If you are comfortable using and administring 110 blocks and 110 cords, you definitely do not need any changes.


110 blocks have one advantage over RJ-45 panels. They enable 1-pair administration. For example, using 1-pair cord, you can assign one pair from the cable to one work area, another pair from the same cable to another work area etc.

Best regards
Roman Kitaev, RCDD

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