Patch Panel Question

Hi,

just a quick question. what is the point of a patch panel? because if I understand how it works correctly you simply take a connection from the switch to the patch panel and then to the PC. why not cut out the patch panel part?
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peggiegregAsked:
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Jeff RodgersNetworks & Communications Systems ManagerCommented:
Actually Patch panels  allow you to both label and organize your cabled network from the wiring closet to the switch.  You'd likely never connect your laptop directly to a patch panel.

Think Laptop -> to wall jack -> cable in the wall jack to patch panel ->  Patch Panel to Switch.

If I have 500 cables run loosely directly into the switch it becomes a mess.  The patch panel enables better cable management and allows you to easily change ports from one port on the switch to another (or different switch/router) without needing to sort thru 500 cables.
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peggiegregAuthor Commented:
brilliant, thought I was missing something. so it is purely for organising. thanks Jeff Rodgers
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Ian TaylorIT Infrastructure Architect .:|:.:|:.Commented:
Jeff is correct.

I've been into many companies who do miss out the patch panel and go direct into switch!!

Unprofessional and looks a right dogs dinner!
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