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We have a new office that needs some ethernet wiring done to a cabinet in a closet (no more than 48 cables). There seems to be so many options now. I'd traditionally terminate everything at a rack-mounted 110 style punchdown patch panel, but there is a lot to love about keystone or feed-through patch panels when replacing a single cable.

Is there any reason not to use a feed-through or keystone patch panel?

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Do not use pass through. As you ramp up speed, pass through will probably need to be replaced. I have used keystone however prefer a traditional patch panel. I do agree with the comment that keystone lets you create your own color coding but question as to it's value in a small installation.

Whatever the choice, insure the terminations are done to a high quality. NEXT becomes very important if you begin moving to 10G in a few years. We are looking at moving to a 10G backbone soon and some of out cabling is not up to the quality needed.

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Really, they'll all perform the same as long as the termination is good. I say go with what's easiest for you.

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I think you could use either, somethings to consider

  • cable management
  • one less termination
  • client office furniture moving
  • Appearence
  • amount of slack cable in the wall

The price of jacks is about 5.99 which would drive your keystone pass-thru panel to about $300+, Versus a traditional panel at $120

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Feed through is a new one to me, but after a quick look I don't think they'd be appropriate in the same applications that keystone or 110 would be.

One additional benefit to keystone is being able to create your own color coding scheme.

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I would use traditional patch panels. I would also put mutiple jacks per room/location and color code them at the oputlet (say blue and white) the blue I would terminate to panel 1 and the white one I would terminate to panel 2 (in the same numbered location). Personally for panels over 12 ports I use the traditional, for smaller it does not really matter, as many times samller panels tend to be in smaller environments with lower speed requirement.

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