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    Do network cables HAVE to be terminated in a patch panel? Regulations?

    Hi,

    We have just had a couple of network points put in by a different network company. When I went down to patch then in, they said its ok ive put connectors on the end of the cables. You can plug them straight in to the switch.

    Before I say please come back and put them into the patch panel, does anyone know if this is regulation or best practice etc?
    I'm not really bothered that they go straight in to the switch as its a bit of a mess, but would like to know before I say something?

    Thanks in advance
    Last edited by burgemaster; 31st January 2014 at 01:51 PM.

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    I, personally, would recommend a patch panel - that way it can be properly labelled for each of the ports.

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    We have some ancient cabling done that way, but I would always go for a patch panel...much easier when testing for issues...much easier for managing the cab. Not heard of any cabling companies who don't use them as a rule...but then did they quote for them, were they on the order?

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    Is there a patch panel already in place they could have used, or would they have needed to quote for a new patch panel?

    Any company who did that here would get called back and never used again!

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    There aren't any rules regarding it in the UK. However, there is a reason for doing it. If you don't terminate infrastructure runs of cat5e in a patch panel, then you're putting strain on the wire - meaning over time it could snap. Repairing/replacing the run is a heck of a lot more expensive than replacing a short patch lead.

    The runs between switches/rooms generally use solid cable, which can crack if moved over time. Whereas patch leads use stranded cables which are more flexible.

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    I've been guilty of doing this if I consider the line i'm putting in is just a temporary thing/last minute bodge... Otherwise it's patch panels all the way!

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    The cabling in the wall/ceiling should be solid copper core. This will break if flexed to any greater degree. Therefore terminating it in a patch panel is the way to go. Patch leads on the other hand use stranded copper cores which is much more durable.

    EDIT: Exactly what was said two posts before. I really should read more carefully.
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    The solid core used for infrastructure would only break with repeated movement and these things aren't moved very often but I would still prefer patch panels.

    Ben

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    Also, if you ever want to VLAN then you can colour-code your patch cables for a visual ID (rather than use labels). Increases your possibilities for a very reasonable cost, the humble patch panel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gibson335 View Post
    Also, if you ever want to VLAN then you can colour-code your patch cables for a visual ID (rather than use labels). Increases your possibilities for a very reasonable cost, the humble patch panel.
    True and not just when vlanning either if you have a flat network and different devices phones Poe waps etc....

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    patch straight in = half a job.

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    I would go spare, unless i had specifically told them to bodge it and scarper. Proper Structured calbing terminates at Panels and should be tested as such, the standards then allow for up to 10Mts total of "Fly/Patch lead" at the respective ends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theblacksheep View Post
    patch straight in = half a job.
    Then you get fired because of the kind of bloke you are and it then = 4x the job for the bloke who fills your shoes.

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    Some interesting documents

    https://www.anixter.com/content/dam/...ide-ECS-US.pdf

    https://www.anixter.com/content/dam/...%26C-EN-US.pdf

    Plugs are available for solid cable as well.

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    Eep, worst practice, solid core is not designed to be terminated with the little plug blades and so the connection is going to be suspect at best let alone the bend etc. Get them back and tell them to sort it with a patch pannel. Might want to watch and make sure they don't sit there and untwist 10cm of the end of each cable to patch it in, this is also shocking but probably if they tries to get away with plugs on the end of solid core.

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