What can be said about patch panels? For a start, they are an integral part of a network system. So much so that without them data transmission is ineffective. In other words, they are the functional piece that increases the efficiency and use of a network system.
Patch panels are designed to consolidate all horizontal cabling in the system’s infrastructure. They provide one organized point for all cables to terminate neatly.

Patch Panels Use

A patch panel is a point where data is collected and routed to its intended destination. A faulty patch panel may lead to a system failure. This tells you how important they are. They are used for a network system allowing the ease of managing telecommunications networks in buildings.

What are Ports?

The ports are the physical point of connection. They are where data enters and leaves the panel. Each port routes signals to a specific destination. The number of ports may vary (12, 24, 48, etc.) and should be selected according to need. When designing a LAN network, the number of ports needed will be determined allowing the appropriate panel size to be used.

Supported Cables

Patch panels are configured to accommodate Ethernet cables in a local area network (LAN). They serve as a static switchboard allowing the cables to interconnect network computers within the LAN as well as to outside lines, including the internet and/or other wide area networks (WAN).
Patch panels may also be used to connect and manage fiber optic cables.

Patch Panel Types

Patch panels are categorized by the number of ports. The most common ones are 12 port, 24 port, and 48 port panels. They are designed per specific cable types, such as Cat5e, Cat6, Cat6a, and Cat7 cables. Specific panels are designed for unshielded twisted pair (UTP) and shielded twisted pair cables.