Wiring patch panels

Quite often simply plugging a cable from one device to another is sufficient, if however you find yourself needing to wire rooms together you may need to patch between panels and in turn wiring patch panels. Wiring generally follows a standard and can often be confusing, in order to allow rooms to be centrally administered, choose either TIA-568-A or TIA-568-B but ensure that both ends match or no connectivity will be achieved.

Strip the outer sheathing off until a little over an inch of coloured cabling is visible and position each colour over the correct spacing and apply short sharp pressure using a punch down tool or (if unavailable) a flat screw driver. Each cable should now make a conducting connection with the metal heads of the panel, snip any excess wiring once you are happy that everything works.

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