CAT5 Wiring in Wall too Short to reach Patch Panel - Best Solution???
Posted on 2008-10-27
I ran into an issue after taking over a Network Admin job at a local company. Turns out the guy before me ran wiring from the wall directly into a switch, with no patch panelling whatsoever inbetween. Needless to say this is ridiculous and makes it hard to troubleshoot and change things.
I am trying to move the cabling over to a patch panel in the local area but the wiring does not have enough reach (a bundle of about 20 wires) - all about 3 feet short. Is it okay to just connect short 3 feet lengths of CAT5 to these wires to make the right length? Or will there be signal loss or other complications?
I'm trying to avoid rewiring everything in the walls. Is there any way I can extend these wires safely and reliably?