Filed under: Cable Management, Desks and Workstations, Power and Data Distribution, Server Racks and Enclosures
Patch panels are used in networking applications right around the world. But if you are new to these beneficial setups then here is some information that may be beneficial for you if you are looking to purchase one in the near future.
What Is A Patch Panel
A patch panel is a panel of interconnecting ports which are contained together to easily connect outgoing and incoming lines of LAN or other electrical or electronic communication systems. With LAN setups, a patch panel is designed to connect networking computers to one another and also to the outside lines which allow for the LAN to easily connect to a WAN or the internet. The patch panel uses patch cords which provide the connections between the devices and lines. These panels allow for the circuits to be arranged or rearranged accordingly by easily plugging and unplugging patch cords.
The Structure Of A Patch Panel
Usually found in a server closet, a patch panel is mounted to a rack and is generally installed with other equipment. From here the lines will be integrated in from all parts of the network allowing for easy wiring to the back of the panel. The front panels generally feature many ports which can easily connect switches, routers, or hubs with shorter cables to allow for many different configurations. These can easily be labeled for organization purposes.
Easy Troubleshooting Solution
Network patch panels provide a great means of trouble shooting when there is a problem in the network. If a problem arises the user can easily isolate the problem section by disconnecting different parts of the network lines right at the patch panel itself. Once this is done, the lines can be added back into the patch panel until the problem is rectified and found.
Do You Need A Patch Panel?
A patch panel is ideal for larger networking applications. If you have minimal devices that can be connected directly from the router or switch to the computer then it may not be needed. If you run a larger networking system, you may find that you need more organization and flexibility. Patch panels are a great idea for these types of systems and for maintaining order with many wires while providing an all-in-one connection point for easy changing and fixing of the wires if needed. The benefit of using a patch panel in larger applications is that it provides easy expansion of the system if needed with the ability to add new devices and connections.