patch panel


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patch panel

[′pach ‚pan·əl]
(computer science)

patch board, patch panel

A board or panel where electric circuits are terminated with jacks and plugs, and where they may be interconnected temporarily by means of a cord called a “patch cord.”

patch panel

A group of sockets used to manually connect incoming and outgoing lines together in communications and electronic systems. Using short patch cords, one end is plugged into an "in" line and the other end to an "out" line. Wireless patch panels are also available that provide the cross connections by flipping a switch rather than plugging in wires. See wiring rack and patch cord.


Rack Mounted Patch Panels
Patch panels come small and large. In large datacenters such as this one, patch panels are often rack mounted. Not remarkably high tech, they are simply used to manually connect one line to another.
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So on the one hand you have the CPU ports terminating on the wall in a number of RJ-11 patch panels. On the other you have the cables running from all over the building terminating in a patch panel just above the first one.
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Like the PDUs, zero-U patch panels preserve the airflow pathway by keeping the cables and panel body to the side of the cabinet.
Sockets are easily terminated in wall outlets, at computer workstations, and in patch panels in the telecommunications closet.
"At the time, Hubbell was the only vendor that offered an unloaded jack patch panel in this size that could be configured in the field with any color jacks.
Class E/Class 6 ScTP, up to 100 meters, will meet alien crosstalk requirements with limited sample testing in the field for patch panel compliance.
Cable-management guides on the rear of the rack are typically removable to allow the system designer the flexibility of running conduit or inner duct into patch panel housings or equipment.