66 or 110 punch blocks or neither?
Posted on 2003-03-04
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?