how much should i spend on a patch panel??

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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  1. 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.
  2. Thanks for your response, I was going with 4 48 port Cat6 (punch down type).
  3. Just price out the patch panels. Whoever is doing your punch down will have a flat rate or an hourly rate to add in.
  4. 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-TC-P48C6/dp/B0000AZK4F/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370530613&sr=8-1&keywords=48+port+cat6+patch+panel

    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-560283/dp/B00173M18S/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1370530613&sr=8-3&keywords=48+port+cat6+patch+panel

    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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