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RJ45/CAT5 Wall Jack to Switch?

Hi folks!

If you place a RJ45/CAT5 wall jack on the wall and punch down one end of a CAT5 cable into it, can you then run that into a standard switch port, with an RJ45 plug, on the other end? Or does it need to run to a patch panel where it is also punched down?

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Ithizar
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The best practice is to punch down to a patch panel. You will then have all of the cabling more organized. There is no loss when adding a patch panel
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Ordinarily, our practice is exactly what you have all suggested -- going from the wall jack to a patch panel. However, the circumstance of this one particular room, which is only about 3 jacks, make it problematic to get back to a patch panel. Thus, the need -- if at all possible -- to just go direct into a switch.

We use the T568B standard for all of our wiring. So to go from punch down block on jack to regular port on switch, would I want a straight-through configuration, crossover configuration, or something else? I'm not seeing that addressed on the link you provided.

Thanks again,
Ithizar
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Thanks, everyone!
sure!  thanks for the points!