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What Uses For Patch Panels?

Sep 17, 2008
Possibly one of the most intelligent electrical devices invented for fast connectivity and transference of data is the patch panel. As much as one would normally shrug their shoulders after hearing the name, it is something that is extremely useful and can be used for virtually anything that requires a fast connection. They are typically seen in household connectors, with the shorter cable into the front of the patch panels, and the longer cable connected to the back.

Historically these were seen in black and white movies, where a wonderful image of a female operator was busy switching the cables on a patch panel connecting and transferring telephone calls. To this day these are still used for telephone usage and connecting line communication between people. These are popularly used for transferring data information and connecting up audio and visual equipment.

The patch panels can come with cables of varying lengths, which can also be available with different types of connectors. An example of this is the break box, which has its own connector on the front and other compound connectors on the back that other cables can plug into. Some breakout boxes are made with an even number of connectors on each side, however some are made with a random number of connectors.

These are more commonly used for connecting computers up together for networking computers up together under the same network. They are useful for connecting the computers onto the internet; the Local Area Network (LAN) uses them to connect a number of computers together to use the internet. Similarly they are also used to connect the LAN onto the WAN (wider area network).

The patch panels transmit signals from one cable to another without losing any data during the transmission process. These panels may seem like just another cable but they are one of the best tools for data transference, making them reliable and efficient. It is also easy to change cables from the front, switching them without losing the signal, as the rear of the panel does not differentiate the cable signals from each other.

As technology has developed the panels have come in very useful for many companies and businesses, as they are essential for passing on information. New software's have been developed to enhance the efficiency of the patch panel, in transferring data. The software monitors, and records, the data that is being transferred, making it easier to keep track of important work being transferred monitoring any problems or issues that may arise.

These are also good for maintenance of the cables and the panels. They track any changes in the core temperature and also any fluctuations in the power supply. The panels are more easily updated and any issues can be resolved swiftly without having to dig too deep into the machine.
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Anna Stenning is an expert on patch panels having seen them in operation in many companies.
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