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will multiple patch panels slow my network down?

Posted on 2006-10-31
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hello experts. We have a pach panel in our main switch feeds and I was wondering, if I add another patch panel in other switch feeds, will it slow our network down? or is it not recommended? thanks.
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This entirely depends on the connection between the two switches.

If you wire the switches together with a normal cat5 (100Mbit) cable then the maximum traffic between the two switches will be 100Mbit and should your server be on one switch and all your clients on the other then you will have a bottleneck in the network should every user try to access the server at the same time.

Basically you can do this but you need to ensure the pipe between the switches is running as fast as it can. Otherwise you may suffer a bottleneck.
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Using patch panels is subjective to the cableing you are using, patch panels are basically just splices in the cable. So if the cable is only good for 300ft then no matter how many patch panels you use or don't use, it will only travel that far. Unlike switches and hubs patch panels do not recharge the signal. So in answer to your question, no it will not affect the network physically. It will not slow the traffic any slower than it currently is, unless as already posted you get a bottleneck.
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