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 Question by John Atwood posted 02 Jun 2000
 network wiring
I am installing a home computer network with three computers (one desktop and two laptops)and a cable modem. Currently I have the patch cords running along the baseboards on the floor. I want to impove this arrangement by running the cables in exterior channeling and adding connector outlets for the three computers. For a patch panel I want to use a six position outlet box. I have a five-port hub hooked to three computers and a cable model. What changes, if any, do I need to make in wiring the jacks in the six position box to use it as a patch panel to connect the hub to the wiring? This would look much better than a patch panel in the corner of my converted bedroom.
 Answer by Dmitri Abaimov posted 08 Jun 2000
Dear John,
Most if not all of the 6-position outlets that are on the market today allow you to use modular jacks. Besides, almost every cabling vendor makes patch panels that use the same idea - you plug modular jacks into the empty frame, then terminate cables onto the jacks.

So I suggest that the solution you propose is equally as good as using patch panel. Besides, it's more convenient to use in a home environment.

The only thing to pay attention to - those 6 jacks should be of the same category as the cables that you plan to run in exterior channeling. Just wire the jacks as it's described in the manual that came with them and use the same RJ-45 pin layout scheme (T568A is preferred).

Have a good luck with your installation!
Dmitri Abaimov, RCDD

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