Question about Cat5e Cat.5E RJ45 Modular Plug, 1 Prong (Bag of 100) (337311)
I have a heated debat going on with my IT folks regarding the use of patch panel fields and patch cables versus running a cat5e cable and filed terminating a crimp style rj45 end. I know what the standared dictates but I would like some more reasons patch panels and patch cable should be used as our IT folks insist that using patch panels just creates an additional fail point and is not a better solution than using crimp mod ends and connecting equipment directly without a patch cable or panel in between.
I would tell you what I think of your IT folks, but I don't want you to rate this response as IA :-)
Yeah, they have a point. Wiring point-to-point does cut down the chances for failure....provided they used the proper plugs and don't plan on moving them around. It gives them job security because you have to label each cable and when the tags fall off, only they know where the cables go. Plus, a structured cabling system give you, well, STRUCTURE. You're not at the mercy of the guy who "crimped" some imported 8-pin plug on a piece of wire. Wait were those solid or stranded wire plugs? It may run 10 Base T, but it is unlikely that it will run 1000 Base T.
A proper infrastructure contains a patch panel properly labeled and jacks at the computer end, with patch cords of various lengths to the computer and switch. We're a Leviton house, so the link is to their web site.
Just my opinion.
Posted on Sep 10, 2008
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