What is a Patch Panel?

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What is a Patch Panel?

Patch panels are metal plates with an array of cut-outs designed to accept connection jacks. In most cases patch panels are fabricated to accept a single type of connection jack such as Cat6 ethernet jacks. In addition to being sold individually, patch panels are also available in kits that include jack modules, labels, and other related components. Patch panels are also commonly referred to as patch bays, patch fields, and jack fields.

Patch Panel Applications

Patch panels are installed on enclosures or racks to provide an easy way to organize connections. Patch panels are widely used in data center applications such as server enclosures as well as in music and television equipment. These applications require multiple connections from different sources into a single device making patch panels an ideal solution.

Patch Panel Configurations

Patch Panels are available in many different variations. Key design variations include:

 

  • Jack module type
  • Patch panel material type
  • Unshielded patch panels vs. shielded patch panels
  • Flat patch panels vs. angled patch panels
  • Standard patch panels vs. high-density patch panels
  • Port labeling

 

Patch Panel Manufacturers

  • Assmann WSW Components
  • Belden
  • Leviton
  • Molex
  • Panduit

 

Learn More About Patch Panels

One of the leading patch panel manufacturers, Panduit, has compiled a comprehensive patch panel selection guide to help users learn about different patch panel configurations and select the ideal patch panel for their application. To view Panduit’s patch panel selection guide click here.


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