A patch panel is a panel designed for the management of cable connections, used as the central point in a network where all the network cables terminate. Typically, the panel is the termination point of network cabling drops that are installed in a office or residential cabling system. Patch panels are commonly found in Ethernet networks, making Cat5 patch panel and Cat6 patch panel the most common, but patch panels can be used in many other applications.
Category 6 cable (Cat6) is the 6th generation of twisted pair Ethernet cabling by ANSI/EIA/TIA Cat6 cable has a bandwidth of up to 250MHz and is ideal for supporting 10 Gigabit Ethernet. Cat6 cable is backward compatible with the Cat5, Cat5e, and other lower cable standard and features with more strict specifications for crosstalk and system noise. It can be used for 10BASE-T Ethernet, 100BASE-TX Fast Ethernet, 1000BASE-T/1000BASE-TX (Gigabit Ethernet) and 10GBASE-T (10-Gigabit Ethernet).
Cat6 patch panels, are modular design and fit for the 19 inch standard equipment. The cat6 patch panel performance is according to and far exceed TIA/EIA568B.2 standard, fit to use with different kinds of category 6 wires and accessories. Cat6 patch panel features high-density and provides the performance needed for present and next generation data communications networks and applications. These high-density panels are available in 12- through 72-port versions and feature enhanced front and rear labeling features for easy circuit identification.
Cat6 patch panels are constructed for maximum strength and durability and feature a fully enclosed, 6-port modular design, which provides flexibility and protection of printed circuitry during termination. A newly designed RJ-45 contact configuration provides enhanced plug to telephone jack connection integrity for superior reliability. Rear termination is made quick and easy using a 4-pair inline 110 type connector compatible with our Cat6 multi-pair impact tool to reduce installation time or an industry standard single position 110 or Krone termination tool.
On the front side of a patch panel there are jacks designed to receive short patch cables, while on the back of the panel there are either jacks or punch down blocks that receive the connections of longer and more permanent cables. The assembly of hardware is arranged so that a number of circuits appear on jacks for monitoring, interconnecting, and testing in a convenient and flexible manner. This offers the convenience of allowing technicians to quickly change the circuit of select signals without the use of expensive dedicated switching equipment. Patch panels are typically rack mountable, although some are designed to be mounted directly onto a wall.
Cat6 patch panels are designed to for high speed LAN (Local Area Networking) transmission rates up to 1 Gigabit and exceed TIA/EIA-568-B.2-1 component, permanent link and channel level performance specifications providing usable bandwidth beyond 250MHz and are backward compatible with lower level cabling systems. Cat6 patch panels support both T568Aand T568B wiring configurations using an easy to read color-coded wiring label.
The Cat6 patch panel has many advantages. First, it helps gather the different category6 wires together into one panel. Second, the color coding make the organizing of cables(like Cat6a cable, cat 7 cable) easy and the whole system neat, and cable distribution is easy. Third, they are in standard size and could fit different kinds of 19 inch devices. Commercial and residential contractors and installers turn CAT 6 to future proof network infrastructures.