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SpaceSaver 19" Half-U UTP Cat6A Patch Panel, 24 Ports, Dual IDC
As any system administrator knows, server rack space is expensive. Make the most out of your limited rack space by using this high-density, SpaceSaver 19" Half-U UTP Cat6A 24-port Patch Panel from Monoprice!
This unshielded patch panel is designed for Category 6A UTP cable connections. It is rated for 550 MHz bandwidth and up to 10 Gbps data throughput. It features 24 RJ45 ports with Dual IDC headers situated 90° relative to the ports. The IDC headers are terminated using a 110-type punch down tool. The panel is compatible with 22-26 AWG solid or stranded solid-state and network cables. The panel includes color coded wiring diagrams for both T568A and T568B installations.
The patch panel measures 19" wide on the face and 17 1/4" wide on the body. It is 3 15/16" deep and 7/8" high. The frame features 24 C-shaped keyholes for cable strain relief. The packaging includes a combination wire stripper/110-type punch down tool, 24 3" zip ties, 2 rack mount screws, and 2 plastic washers.
Note: Over torquing the rack mount screws can cause damage to the mounting ears. The plastic washers are intended to be used with the rack mount screws to reduce the chance of over tightening the installation.
- High-density panel, packs 24 RJ45 ports into half the space of ordinary panels
- Suitable for use with solid or stranded 22-26AWG wire
- Krone-type punch-down termination with built-in strain relief bar
- Gold plated RJ45 contacts
- Ports clearly labeled on both front and back
- Includes a color coded wiring diagram for both T568A and T568B terminations
- Meets and exceeds ANSI/TIA-568-C.2, ISO/IEC 11801, and EN 50173-1 specifications
- Compliant with the Federal Trade Agreements Act (TAA) for GSA Schedule purchases
- UL certified in Canada and the United States
PROS: Really small size. I don't think they could make it much smaller.
good labeling, It was easy to see how to punch TIA 586B.
Detachable cable support arm lets you install in some pretty tight locations
Came with zipties to tie down the wires
CONS: The cable support arm that comes out the back detaches too easily. Only gravity and a little friction keeps it in. Until you've got your cables in and zip tied that is. Then it's pretty stable. It still seems breakable though. It's a metal arm that slides into a plastic slot, so it can't be that strong. That said, I didn't break it. You might though. =P
When purchasing items online I rely on specs and descriptions to get an accurate idea of what I am buying. If something in the box doesn't match what is described on the website, I start to question all the information on the website, and waste time checking everything to see if I need to return the item (are those really Krone connectors?, will they really handle gigabit speeds?, ..., etc.).
The patch panel's quality, design, and value easily earn it 5 stars. The reason I can only give it 4 is because the online description of the included items does not match what's in the box. I probably would not have used the missing combo 110 punch down tool / wire stripper since most of the information I could find said to not use a 110 tool on a Krone connector, and I already have a wire stripper. And I certainly would not have used the missing plastic washers as I use cage nuts and bolts with their own washers. The slotted lateral strain relief caps that clip onto the cable and connector providing a second tie point in addition to the one on the frame were an unexpected bonus. Besides needing to be added to the description of the included items, it would have been nice if the package included 24 of these caps, not just 23. There were 24 wire ties included, as described. That's only half the amount needed since there are 48 tie down points on this patch panel. 4" wire ties are available at most home improvement stores, for an added expense, and work as well as the included 3" wire ties.
I would buy this again. And I'd recommend this patch panel to a friend with the caveats that they need to have access to a Krone style punch down tool, count the included strain relief caps, and have extra wire ties on hand.
PROS: Excellent space saving design.
Krone connectors work well with stranded or solid cable.
Very solid two point cable tie design will not allow cable to easily come loose.
Color codes for punch down order clearly marked.
CONS: Website description of included items doesn't match what's in the package.
Only 23, not 24, cable tie point connector caps included.
Not enough wire ties included for the 48 tie down points on this patch panel.