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INFORMATION SHEET 2.

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Patch Panel

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

After reading this INFORMATION SHEET, STUDENT(S) MUST be able to:

1. Know how to configure patch panel

What Is the Difference Between Ethernet & Patch Cables?

Ethernet and patch cables are usually referred to interchangeably, although there can
be differences between the two. A patch cable is a generic term that can be used for
multiple types of cabling (such as telephone or audio/video, in addition to Ethernet).

Patch panel

A patch panel, patch bay, patch field or jack field is a device or unit featuring a
number of jacks, usually of the same or similar type, for the use of connecting and
routing circuits for monitoring, interconnecting, and testing circuits in a convenient,
flexible manner. Patch panels are commonly used in computer networking, recording
studios, radio and television.
-Wikipedia.org

In a LAN, the patch panel connects the network's computers to each other and to the
outside lines that enable the LAN to connect to the Internet or another WAN.
Connections are made with patch cords. The patch panel allows circuits to be
arranged and rearranged by plugging and unplugging the patch cords.

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Figure 1

CONFIGURING PATCH PANEL

MOUNT THE PATCH PANEL

1. Remove the patch modules from the patch panel by pressing the latches inward
until the latches disengage from the opening. Refer to figure below.

Figure 2

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2. Using two of the four mounting screws, mount the patch panel onto the bottom
bracket of the SCS enclosure. Refer to figure shown below. If a starter panel is being
used, subsequent patch panels should be installed below the starter panel.

Figure 3

TERMINATION

1. Trim the cable to length. Strip the cable to the dimension given in Figure 5.

Figure 4

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Routing the cable

1. Separate the voice (telephone distribution) and data (computer networking) cables,
and insert them through the cable hole plugs of the SCS enclosure. It is recommended
that the voice cable be located on the left and the data cable on the right of the SCS
enclosure. See Figure 3. Allow a minimum of 46 cm [18 in.] of excess cable inside the
SCS enclosure.

2. At the back of the patch panel, attach a universal wiring label, with the T568A color
code side out, to each patch module. Refer to Figure 5, Detail A.

Port 6 Port 4 Port 2

Port 5 Port 3 Port 1

Figure 5, Detail A

Important notes

Rear panel port numbering may be different from this photo. Some patch panel have
their own wiring scheme and placements. Please do read your manual in order to
obtain correct configuration.

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5. Arrange the wires according to the T568A color code (See figure 6, 7 and 8) if
you are going to use T568B just interchange the position of green to orange, white
green to white orange and terminate the wires to the blocks according to the
instructions included with the tool. Keep wire twisted to a maximum of 13 mm [.50
in.] from the termination. Refer to Figure 5, Detail B.

Figure 5, Detail B

Figure 6: Color code

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4. Install the patch modules into the openings in the patch panel, feeding excess cable
into the wall cavity.

5. Label each port to identify the cable.

Figure 7: Patch panel color configuration

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Figure8: Patch panel correct numbering

Note: Back panel configuration of patch panel may vary depends on its manufacturer.

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References

http://esaplling.com/serverpanel.php

https://www.swidenonline.com/category/196/network-patch-panels

https://itknowledgeexchange.techtarget.com/itanswers/what-are-patch-panels-used-
for-in-a-building-networks/

https://www.te.com/commerce/DocumentDelivery/DDEController?Action=showdoc&
DocId=Specification+Or+Standard%7F408-
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https://mafiadoc.com/data-communication-
networking_599eba431723dd0c4031e6e4.html

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TASK SHEET 2.1-4

Title: Configuring patch panel

Performance Objective: Given are the following materials, you


should be able to configure patc
h panel. Allotted time 30 minutes.

Supplies/Materials : working UTP cable, patch panel, network


cable tester
Equipment :

Prerequisites:
Fundamentals of networking, ethernet cable configuration (T68B and
T568 A)
Steps/Procedure:

1. Read information sheet 2.1-4 Patch panel


2. Configure your patch panel

Where:
Network color standards = T658B

3. Connect your working patch cord directly to patch panel


port (front) then insert the other end to network cable
tester.
4. Connect your patch cable (back panel) end to network
cable tester.

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5. Make it sure all the light indicators are lightened up. A
series of blinking lights will appear signifying that the
configuration is successful.

Assessment Method:
Demonstration, Observation

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Performance Criteria Checklist 2.2-5

Trainee’s Name: __________________________ Date: ____________________

During the performance of the task, did you consider the following criteria?

Grade Point
Equivalent
NO
Highest
Possible Score
CRITERIA YES
=5

Lowest
Possible Score
=0

Did the trainee…

1. Properly configured patch


panel using T56B color
standard
2. Successfully tested the patch
panel configuration
3. Applied and performed
occupational health safety
procedures
4. Performed and followed
completely the given tasks?

Grade Point Equivalent

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Total Points

Total Items

Signature of the Trainee/Learner

Signature of the Trainer

The table shows the equivalent points that are used and show how they are calculated
to determine the grade point average (GPA), or index.
The highest equivalent points that trainer can give is 5 points per criterion and the
lowest is 0. If the trainee/learner accumulate scores with below two (2) grade point
equivalent, she/he needs to retake the whole given task.

Grade Point Equivalent Explanation

5 Excellent

4 Very Good

3 Good

2 Average

1 Poor

0 Failure

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