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Patch-panel for phone splitter

I need a phone splitter (RJ11) to split 1 signal into 4 or more outputs. That's no problem, those can be bought in any store. But I was wondering if I can use a RJ45 cat6 patch-panel?
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A “splitter” is plugged into a patch panel… how does this still work?

I found a patch panel that splits off ethernet into multiple hosts as shown below. Can anyone explain how this might work?
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Network Patch Panel Connections [closed]

So i have a client where we just installed a network rack system with 2 48 port patch panels and 2 48 port switches. Traditionally I would patch down the ports to the switch on a as needed basis. ...
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patch panels… or directly to the switch?

does it make a difference in terms of signal quality if I connect the Ethernet cabling: from the wall-plugs to the patch-panel and from the patch-panel to the switch with a cord. as opposed to: ...
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Server room wiring questions

I'm looking at rewiring our server room to be more presentable, organized, and easier to troubleshooting. Right now we currently have 4 HP racks (don't know the model right now). We do not have a ...
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Wall jacks to patch panel?

OK, I'm by no means a seasoned networking pro and I had no say so in the design of our current server room which is in dire need of an extreme makeover. Basically, in our server room we have 12 wall ...
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What is the proper way to manage cabling behind patch panels?

I have a 4-post 19" rack with a 72-port 2U quickport patch panel where horizontal structured cabling terminates. The cables are bundled and enter the rack at the rear. From the back of the rack, ...
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Adding a networking rack after the fact

I'm working on a network project where the networking equipment is located in utility closets which aren't very secure. I'd like to put all the networking equipment and servers in free-standing (ie, ...
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Network cabling with multiple patch panels?

I am in the very early stages of planning a network cabling upgrade in our office, mainly to upgrade the old cables from Cat5 to either 5e or 6. I am also planning on upgrading all of our 10/100 ...
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Loaded Vs Unloaded Patch Panels

What is the difference between loaded and unloaded patch panels? Is it simply that loaded patch panels come with endpoint sockets and unloaded patch panels do not?
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Patch Panel Cable Tangle

Possibly the noob-est question ever (I'm a developer stepping in to do some sysadmin stuff): I have a 48-port patch panel bolted to a wall about 10 feet from where my rack is. Right now there's a ...
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patch panel and switch different sizes

The switch is a DLink 24-port, 14" wide, and the panel is a TRENDnet 24-port, 20" wide. Do they sell braces for the switch? What's the best way to mount both to a rack?
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Is wiring ADSL and Phone lines to a patch panel ok?

Is it OK to wire an POTS line + ADSL line directly into a patch panel? I guess I'm wondering as well why do regular phone jacks have some passive electronic parts inside them. Since wiring it ...
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How do I label the network ports in our office?

We have a new office that was punched down with Ethernet in every office and every cubicle. The electrician didn't mark the ports on the patch panel or the wall ports, so I don't know where say port 1 ...
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How to wire a patch panel with incomplete labels

I have an used lucent 1100CAT5 PS patch panel that I'm intending to use at my church. Yes I know, I should probably get a CAT5e version, but this one will do fine. It's only for light browsing of ...
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Terminate short CAT5 uplinks?

My employer is moving to a new building and i'm in charge of creating/moving the IT infrastructure. There are 3 floors with a patch closet on each floor, then CAT5 uplinks down to the server room on ...
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Difference between cat 5 and 6 patch panel?

What's the physical difference between category 5 and 6 patch panel? Do the connectors are different? Why they are more expensive? Can I use cat. 5 rated patch panel with category 6 cabling? I'm ...
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Best cat6 patch panels? Is price really a factor?

I can go down to my local graybar right now and purchase some AllenTel 48 Port Cat 6 Patch panels I need (part number AT66-PNL-48). They are $275 each. That seems a bit high considering I've seen ...
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MRJ-21 Patch Panel System

I was reading about the MRJ-41 Patch Panel system here, but not sure I entirely understand it. It looks like it allows me to wire my own patch panels because it it uses a special cable to attach the ...
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Securing 2 post rack or securing patch bays?

We have a shared 2 post relay rack in a shared room in our building (Chatsworth brand). It only has patch bays on it (using 12U out of 46). We'd like to prevent anyone from just walking into the room ...
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What's a reliable way to test patch panel connections?

I just had to run a total of 12 cat5 cables into a patch panel. This was the first time I'd actually done that. I'm reasonably confident that I got all the wires in the right order after some initial ...
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What is a patch panel?

What is a patch panel? How it is different from (layer 2) switch? EDIT: I think my primary question (and confusion) is this: Why don't network connections go straight to the switch? Don't we still ...