Tag Archive: Patch Panel


I blogged previously about replacing one of my switches with something a little smaller, quieter, lighter and greener: https://tickett.wordpress.com/2011/12/29/a-few-small-updates/ this was all part of a pretty big rewiring of the network and relocation of the A/V equipment.

All of the devices were in a cabinet in the corner of the living room:

But now I wanted to add the new switch and relocate into the utility room adjacent:

And re-run the wires a little differently (I’d previously used existing holes to get upstairs):

I’ve already pulled most of the equipment out of the cabinet and the cables just keep on coming:

The previous excess cable "neatly" spooled behind the cabinet:

Some hours later- a little progress:

Now upstairs. You can see the grey "conduit" I ran alongside the copper pipes with the existing cables:

Here’s the new hole in the ceiling:

And in the floor to allow cables to be pulled without lifting the floor:

Now the carpet’s back down and the cupboards are back in place:

First few lengths of Cat5e pulled through for 2 connections in the master bedroom:

Back downstairs, lots of velcro to tidy things up:

The comms cab starting to take shape (still a mess but I’ve still got a lot to do):

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Structured CAT5e Network Cabling

I’ve been crimping my own patch leads for an eternity but never bothered introducing a patch panel. Now’s the time… (forgive the slightly poor quality pictures taken with the phone).

The back of the patch panel:

The 4 port RJ45 wall box and 4 cat5e cables. This is the first time I’ve used those velco tie-wraps and they work a treat (although I guess for inside the house depending on how well I hide the cabling, white would be preferable to black):

The excess / slack nicely spooled:

The patch panel patched into the switch:

This is in the garage (aka server room) where I’m just going to have 4 ports for the workbench. I’ve got a small cabinet in the house and a POE switch I’ve yet to hook up…

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Shopping List :)

A comms cabinet, patch panel and some patch leads:

Some cable management and wall sockets:

More cable management, UPS, new router, fibre, and cisco ip phones:

You may’ve also noticed the currentcost IAMs so I will be able to break down my energy consumption at a lower level (currently I can only see overall consumption).

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