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how much should i spend on a patch panel??

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June 3, 2013 3:25:10 PM

I work for a smallish company, and we are doing some upgrades to our network. that includes moving our current patch panel and adding drops, so i need more panel space how much is reasonable to spend on a patch panel....

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June 3, 2013 6:14:25 PM

depends how big and who is installing. If you are going to do the labor the patch panel itself is about $1.50-$2.00/port The more ports the cheaper per port. This assumes the punch down type. There are cheaper ones that are just rj45 couplers mounted in a metal bracket. These work too but it tends to be more labor to terminate all the cables to rj45 rather than just punch them in.
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June 4, 2013 7:39:18 AM

Thanks for your response, I was going with 4 48 port Cat6 (punch down type).
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June 4, 2013 7:49:36 AM

Just price out the patch panels. Whoever is doing your punch down will have a flat rate or an hourly rate to add in.
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June 6, 2013 8:01:22 AM

I am having excellent results with using the smaller TrendNET panels, I have a 16 port at home, and a 24 port I set up for a friends office...

http://www.amazon.com/TRENDnet-48-port-Unshielded-Patch...

The Intellinet unit appears to be identical to the TrendNET and might be worth a look...

http://www.amazon.com/Intellinet-48-Port-Patch-Panel-56...

From there out the price goes WAY up, or quality seems to go WAY down...

So yeah, figure $1.50 to $2.00 a port...

If I had a project that needed 48 port panels, I would probably go with the TrendNET just because I am familiar with their panels...
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