Patch Panel / Cable Setup

Hi, we are building a new office located in Melbourne Australia and I need some advice regarding the cabling setup, our network size is about 60 computers.

1) Should I go for a standard patch panel or use Patch by Exception

2) I should make sure its all Cat6 for the data points?

3) Is there a certain brand for the patch panel I should go for, am familiar with Krone should I stick with them

4) Is there a standard I should look for when am getting this done?

Any advice would be very helpful.
Thanks!
Roger WicksIT ManagerAsked:
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John TsioumprisSoftware & Systems EngineerCommented:
Just try to get a clean layout that will allow two things :
Easy identify which cable goes to which device
Easily replace cable in case of issues

Also Cat6 for interconnects given their low price is a must...
Andrew DavisManagerCommented:
1) Should I go for a standard patch panel or use Patch by Exception
Depends. What is the purpose. If we are talking a standard computer network. then go the standard patch. Much simpler to administer.
If you are taking about a datacentre, then patch by exception is a better solution, but a lot more difficult to manage, and easy to f#@k up.

2) I should make sure its all Cat6 for the data points?
Yes. Basically for the cost it is not worth limiting your future.

3) Is there a certain brand for the patch panel I should go for, am familiar with Krone should I stick with them
Krone is very good. Stick with recognized brands. Krone,  Clipsal, etc..

4) Is there a standard I should look for when am getting this done?
The installer MUST be licensed by the ACMA to do the cabling. I would recommend a telephone/data installer over a standard electrician (that's not to say that the electrician wont have a lot of experience, but you don't know. The installer should be able to provide you with a cable test report at completion to ensure that all the work is up to standard.
Also make sure that you have Patch Cable Minders in between each panel, and between each switch, the lack of these is the most common reason that racks become birds nests.

Cheers
Andrew

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Roger WicksIT ManagerAuthor Commented:
Thanks Andrew for the feedback was very helpful!
Andrew DavisManagerCommented:
Your welcome.
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