I like using plain old patch panels on a hinged wall mount bracket. For 17 jacks out in the dwelling, use two 24-port panels. Terminate the jack homeruns in their own ports on one panel and then make the other patch panel up with the Telco incoming line(s). This works nicely for 1-4 plain old telephone lines, ISDN, DSL. If you add a Key Service Unit, you can cut down on the number of ports in the patch panel used for the incoming Telco. . .maybe add a third patch panel to go between the KSU and the individual jacks.
The image that I referenced above, if it doesn't link, is at StraightLine Supply Select Datacom on the Homepage and Patch Panels on the second page.
Re: 17 phones#12534 08/12/0210:19 AM08/12/0210:19 AM
I think the real difference between the 66 blocks and patch panels is the user's access. 66 blocks are hard wired at the cross connect. One uses short CAT5 patch cords for the same purpose between two patch panels. With patch panel jack labelling, one can "plug and play" a network hub and other equipment.
The wall jack homeruns are punched down with the basic punch tool using a 110 bit. The setup is capable of the same flexibility as the Leviton Structured Media Center.
A big part of this is whether the client is (or thinks he is) hands on. The more likely the system is to evolve with new whiz bang hardware being brought home from CompUSA or the like, the more useful the patch panel will be.
OK. I have to ask and show my ignorance at the same time. How did you guys learn to connect telco and are there any references other than seminars I can access(can't get away to attend seminars and can't afford some I have seen!!). I don't do telco but seems as though I should look into it.
I personally like using structured wiring panels. They make neat looking installations and allow for plug and play. They'll cost more than 66 blocks, but allow for easier exansion and changes. Are you running 2 cat 5's to each room(one for phone, one for data)? You can make some great cash "wiring for the future".
Re: 17 phones#12540 08/13/0212:21 AM08/13/0212:21 AM