12 Port Patch Panel

Discussion in 'Home Networking' started by James, Aug 29, 2003.

  1. James

    James Guest

    Hi,

    I've just bought one of these jobbies from B&Q:

    http://www.diy.com/bq/product/product.jhtml?PRODID=92692

    It seems ideal except I'd envisaged my Cat5e solid core cables dropping
    vertically into the panel while the instructions show what seem to be 2
    wires each with 24 pairs of strands coming in horizontally through the side.
    12 Cat5e cables won't physically fit in through the side and the wall
    bracket hinders me from coming in to some of the ports if I go in
    vertically.

    Has anyone got this panel or have any ideas about how to connect up?
    Alternatively, anyone know of another wall mountable 12 port patch panel?

    Thanks in advance,

    Jim.
     
    James, Aug 29, 2003
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  2. If it terminates in the old chunky 50 way SCSI (centronics-like) connector,
    then that's a standard Cat 3 cable loom for telephony connections into a
    PABX or similar. Not suitable for Cat 5 use though.
    Sounds to me like the frame is designed for Cat 3 wiring from what
    you say.
    I bought a 24 way 19" rack unit mounting one, which was something
    like £100 from CPC a few years ago (including all the sockets.
    16 way ones are also common for 19" rack mounting panels.
     
    Andrew Gabriel, Sep 2, 2003
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  3. James

    James Guest

    Hi Andrew,

    Thanks for the reply. It's definitely a CAT5e patch panel, with Krone IDC
    blocks. The problem is, with the wall bracket in place it's a bitch to get
    the every block without bending the wires round tight angles. I guess that
    what ya get for £34, I think I'll just have to live with it.

    Cheers,

    Jim.
     
    James, Sep 2, 2003
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    Rob Morley Guest

    Accordsing to the spec it has "Rear panel with wire management bar to
    ensure proper Cat 5E bend radius and strain relief" - are you sure you're
    fitting it correctly?
     
    Rob Morley, Sep 2, 2003
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  5. James

    Rob Morley Guest

    Why's that odd? They already do power and telecoms cabling and fittings,
    and data networking isn't far removed.
     
    Rob Morley, Sep 2, 2003
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  6. James

    Gary Sinnott Guest

    According to their advertising, Screwfix tended towards trade
    purchasing - general retail wasn't so much of an issue. Now that
    they've become better known, retail seems to be going fairly well.

    Power and telecoms hardware has long been seen as part of a
    house-build but networking is comapratively quite new. Unless they
    put networking products in for the home user, it would seem a little
    out of place in the bangbang-drill-saw-crunch-ouch business.

    Nice that it's all there though as the prices of some of the gear is
    lower than some of the cheap specialists. Like it :)

    Gary
     
    Gary Sinnott, Sep 2, 2003
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  7. James

    Rob Morley Guest

    Good answer :)
     
    Rob Morley, Sep 2, 2003
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  8. James

    Steve Walker Guest

    Same firm, innit......
     
    Steve Walker, Sep 7, 2003
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