Should a 568A to 568B Patch Panel run be changed?
Posted on 2010-08-15
I am the IT department for our small K-12 school. I have done a lot of re-wiring over the last few summers and am pretty knowledgeable about wiring protocols and best practices. I use the 568B standard exclusively, mainly because that was what was in place when I started.
The problem: I had to add another cable to one of my top-layer patch panels last summer and discovered that both top-layer panels are wired to the 568A standard. (I wired them. I don't remember doing so and don't know what I was thinking, but I am the culprit.) These two panels are absolutely the only 568A wired devices on the network. I can't recall when I put them in, but it has been at least 3 years and I have not noticed anything that looks like a wiring-related performance issue.
So my question is, "is this a problem?" I have sort of an OCD need to fix it, but it will be a pain in the neck and I would just as soon not fix something that doesn't need fixing.
My thought is that though everything still works, it might work better if I put everything on the same standard. Is that correct thinking?