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Why are patch panels used (instead of connecting directly to a switch)?

The horizontal cable needs to be solid-core cable. this type of cable gives better performance, but it is much more fragile, and it needs to to terminate in a fixed location, and not be moved after ...
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Why are patch panels used (instead of connecting directly to a switch)?

There's several reasons: Cable Length and rack organization as explained by @John K in his answer this allow to adjust cable length at need. This also allow to organize the rack properly. Cable ...
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Cat6 FTP shielding

Since Category-6 is specifically UTP (Unshielded Twisted Pair), then the question of shielded Category-6 cabling doesn't make any sense. ANSI/TIA/EIA define the cable categories, and there are no ...
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Why are patch panels used (instead of connecting directly to a switch)?

What if you don't use a patch panel, then decide you have to move your switch further down the rack or you need to move the connection to equipment in a different location in the rack? Now your cable ...
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Will Mode Conditioning Patch Cables help with this issue?

10GBASE-LRM will only go so far over legacy multi-mode fiber. Officially, its reach is 220 m over 500 MHz·km fiber, 243 m could just about work when everything else is perfect. A mode conditioning ...
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Patch Panel/Wiring Question

First of all I know older patch panels had two sides one side that you punch the Ethernet in and the other side is where the actual feeder/port of the Ethernet is, these new models have port on both ...
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Will Mode Conditioning Patch Cables help with this issue?

The point of a mode conditioning cable is to refocus the laser, this is traditionally used when using larger diameter multimode cable with single mode transceivers. basically the multimode cable has ...
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Cat6 FTP shielding

Depending on the clamp size and form, it may be necessary to remove insulation for a clean fit. Otherwise it's fine to clamp over foil and outer insulation.
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To shield between patch panel and switch or not?

You cannot mix shielded and unshielded components of a cable system. If shielded cabling is used, it must be shielded from end-to-end, and grounded, at least on both ends. There are documents that ...
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RJ45 Patch Panel: Keystone module compatibility

Keystone connectors and mounting panels are standardized and should fit any which way. I'm not sure whether the panel you linked to is a keystone type though...
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Can you run serial, POE and HDbaseT through a patch panel?

Agree with Ron. It's all copper connections. Ensure you stay within recommendations for length. HDbase-T is the same as Ethernet (328'), but serial is limited. There is some good info here. http:/...
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Will Mode Conditioning Patch Cables help with this issue?

But How can I explain that 2 of those links work and only one fails. Because everything has variability, so when you are pushing the limits sometimes things work, sometimes they don't. And I was ...
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What is a standard term that includes patch panels but is broader?

In most organisations I've worked in 'cabling infrastructure' was understood as a quite-general term to mean all the fixed-down things which connect A to B, and would include things like trunking, ...
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What is a standard term that includes patch panels but is broader?

As long as you stick to passive components, structured cabling is probably the only encompassing term (with its horizontal and vertical cabling components). Media converters are active L1 components ...
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Physical labeling of switches and patch bays

The ANSI/TIA-606 Administration Standard for Telecommunications Infrastructure has a set of guidelines to promote a standard method of labeling, including: Classes of Administration Optional ...
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Can I use CAT6e on a CAT6 Patch panel?

"Cat.6e" isn't a thing. It's a vague term used by various vendors to advertise "something better than Cat. 6". So, you'd need to ask that vendor on how their "Cat. 6e" ...
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Fibre patching from one cabinet to another via an intermediary

Using duplex LC, OM4 is good for up to 550 m of 1000BASE-SX, 400 m of 10GBASE-SR, or 100 m of 25GBASE-SR. That nominal reach includes a total insertion loss budget of 3.43 dB for OM4, modeled for four ...
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Can I use CAT6e on a CAT6 Patch panel?

Cat6A and Cat6 are both developed for Gigabit Ethernet. This cables can handle 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-TX, and 10GBASE-T rate.seems to be Cat6A and Cat6 cables are having same features, . In ...
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Patch Panel/Wiring Question

That picture is from a sales video made by FS advertising their horizontal cable managers for Ethernet cabling (see timestamp 1:24 of the video). The wiring in that rack isn't necessarily supposed to ...
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Why RJ45 8-Pin (Cross Connection) is used instead of Straight Connection between 2 computers or Network

Historically, the first twisted-pair Ethernet, 10BASE-T, was designed to use the already commonly deployed voice-grade cabling (Cat-3) with straight-through pinout. (10BASE-T's predecessor StarLAN ...
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Why RJ45 8-Pin (Cross Connection) is used instead of Straight Connection between 2 computers or Network

There are both cross and straight connections. In the past it was important to use specifically one or another - depending if you connect two devices directly or via hub/switch. Today most NICs and ...
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Will Mode Conditioning Patch Cables help with this issue?

I decided to try the Mode Conditioning Patch Fiber Cables, the link came up instantly, Its been around 2 weeks and the link works without errors. Thank you.
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What is a standard term that includes patch panels but is broader?

Would the term barrel be relevant. In the telecom industry BNC, Fiber, and RF barrels are used frequently to join cables end to end.
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What is a standard term that includes patch panels but is broader?

The latest ANSI/TIA/EIA-569 Telecommunications Pathways and Spaces standard refers to a "connection facility." You have a connection facility at the WAO (Work Area Outlet), and in the distributor room ...
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Can you run serial, POE and HDbaseT through a patch panel?

Yes. A patch panel is really just part of your cable plant, and it is merely the termination point. If you were smart, you would have different patch panels for different functions, but you could do ...
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Seperating patch panel and switch in different rooms

I would trunk vlan's to another switch in the basement .You can use two Cisco switches to accomplish this relatively easy.
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Patch Panel Confusion

I don't understand what kind of answer you expect. You have to figure out how the cabling is done. There must be some kind of logic and you should be able to find it without testing all 400 cables. ...
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