I have a job coming up replacing a patch panel for a printing press company and they want a feed through patch panel. They have cat5e but most feed though patch panels i have found at for cat6. Would it mess anything up to use a cat6 patch panel on cat5e?
The difference between the two is that CAT6 is capable of moving data at higher speeds than CAT5e, due to better internal shielding. Unless your client has a specific speed requirement for this new patch panel though, you should be fine.
CAT5e is rated for Gigabit connections, whereas CAT6 is capable of 10 Gigabit. When used for 10 Gigabit connections, cabling is limited to no more than 55 meters. When used in 1 Gigabit connections, the cable can be run at the standard 100 meter maximum. If 10 Gigabit connections are needed, CAT6a cabling would be required.