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I am needing to move an existing network rack that houses all the Cat5e patch panels for 50 nodes.  I cannot rerun all the network drops so I need to extend the existing lines to the new rack location.  Can I use a 66 punch block to terminate all the existing lines then punch a Cat5e trunk line to extend to the new lcoation?  Or do I need to use a 110 punch block?  Or neither?  I see on Ebay that Gruber makes a 66M punch block for Cat5, but I do not know if it will work for Cat5e.  Is 110 the standard when dealing with Cat5e cabling?  I do realize that home runs should always be made from the node to the patch, but I am prohibited from dropping new lines so I have no choice.  The current location will ahve very limited space so I do not want to put a smaller rack with patch panels, plus I would hate to have to punch and crimp connectors just to extend the system.  Any suggestions?
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by:falban
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Is your new rack in the same room?  If so you can get a 110 patch pannel (I prefer using Hubbell products like a C5E) and then extend them with patch cables.  It's not a great solution but it will work.
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by:murryc
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The new rack location is upstairs from its current location and the run is estimated at 100 feet.  I want to stay away from having to use patch panels at the mid point.  I would prefer to use patch panels only at the rack.
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by:falban
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Ok... here's what I would do.  Run a trunk line (or several small trunks up to the next floor and use something like a Leviton 100 connecting block.  I've never done this before myself but it should work (although Murphys law will ALWAYS change things like that!).  Hope that helps.

BTW, if your located anywhere near Toronto Canada the best provider I've found is Delco Cable and Wire (www.delcowire.com)
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All the research I have come up with indicates that splicing any kind of data cable (Cat5 or otherwise) is a huge no no. Given your situation I would leave the existing patch panel as is and make new patch cables that go up to the next floor to another patch panel or terminate them directly to the hubs/switches.

Alternately, if the purpose of moving the cable plant is because the servers have moved, consider leaving them as is, with switches and hubs and extend that portion of the network via a gigabit fiber or copper link to the new location.

Hope this helps, I know the situation you're in very well! I've had to do the same thing twice and both times I decided to trunk the traffic on a common wire/fiber instead of running 50 or 100 new individual cables.
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