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?
 Answer by Roman Kitaev posted 09 Feb 2001
Hi, Chris!

There are two criteria you should evaluate:

(1) Transmission performance
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
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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