Each port in your patch panel has a different network wire plugged into it. This allows you to have total control of your wired network. Network cables can be attached to any device with an appropriate port. This includes computers, phones, printers and any other internet-enabled device that keeps your business functioning.
Patch panels are incredibly versatile pieces of equipment. They can house just a few ports or hundreds of ports. This makes it even easier for The Wifi Specialist to find the perfect patch panel for you. No matter how many devices you have connected to your network, our installation experts will be able to design and install a patch panel that meets your needs.
After a site survey and network health check, our network installation specialists can install a patch panel that is designed for your needs. We will also ensure that your patch panel is ready to be scaled up if your internet needs change in the future.
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Types of network patch panel
There are generally two types of patch panels installed in businesses. Your choice of patch panel depends on what kind of internet cabling you have installed. The most commonly installed device is an ethernet patch panel. These panels connect to your devices via an ethernet cable link.
For fibre optic internet networks, you will need a fibre optic patch panel. These devices are designed to handle the high speeds of fibre optic connections. Our network installation specialists can install patch panels for fibre optic cables as well as Cat5, Cat6 and any other type of ethernet cabling.
Proper installation allows you to change your ports and connections quickly and easily. To connect or disconnect a device, all you have to do is plug it in. This gives you greater flexibility with your internet network.
As patch panels are compact and lightweight, they are a great option for small businesses that do not have room for a full data cabinet in their office. Contact The Wifi Specialist today for expert patch panel installation. We have a nationwide team of network cable specialists who can provide you with hassle-free installation and no delays.
Benefits of patch panel installation
Patch panels come with several benefits for anyone using a cabled internet connection. They are one of the oldest pieces of internet technology still in use today. This is a testament to their reliability and usefulness. They are also incredibly user friendly.
Being able to manage your network with ease is a huge benefit that comes with patch panel installation. With a simple interface, you can organise your cabled network with ease. You can also rearrange your connections simply by unplugging them. This avoids many of the drawbacks of a normal ethernet network, as it eliminates any messy cabling that could clutter up your office space.
Having your business network communicate through a patch panel also protects your network from unauthorised access. Only users on your premises who have plugged into your ethernet cabling will be able to connect to your internet supply. If you are worried about the security of your network, ask our expert team about professional network security services.
Enhanced control and security are incredibly beneficial for any internet network. But they are not the only way that professional patch panel installation from The Wifi Specialist can help you. Some of the other benefits that our expert team can help you unlock include:
Quick and easy scaling
Patch panels make it incredibly easy to scale up your internet network in the future. By plugging new cables into your patch panel, you can run them to any extra devices you want to add to your network. The only thing stopping you from scaling up your network is the volume of ports on your patch panel.
When The Wifi Specialist installs a patch panel, we always take scalability into account. Our installation experts will make sure that you have enough ports available to facilitate the growth of your company. Additionally, patch panels are compatible with data cabinets. So, if your scaling requires a network cabinet, we can house your existing hardware inside it.
No messy cabling
Patch panels are the perfect way to tidy up your messy internet cabling. With individual ports for every part of your network, you will always know which connection is which. Patch panels are usually located closer to your equipment.
In small offices, they will usually be in the same room as your computers, printers and staff. This means that you can install shorter cables to connect all of your devices. Shorter cables eliminate mess, as you will not have to deal with excess wiring cluttering your office and becoming a trip hazard.
Our expert installation team can also label your ports as part of the installation. This makes troubleshooting and network maintenance far easier. If you need to test a port, cable or device, it can be found and checked with no delays.
Patch panels are incredibly simple pieces of equipment. They are not “smart” devices that intuitively manage your system. Instead, they act as a way to transmit data to and from your devices. Their simplistic nature makes them both inexpensive to purchase and easy to install.
Only requiring short lengths of cable between your patch panel and devices also facilitates cheaper installation costs. The more cable you require for your installation, the more you will have to spend. You can make your installation even cheaper by using inexpensive Cat5 cables instead of an expensive fibre optic equivalent.
Flexible cabling solution
Patch panels offer unrivalled flexibility for your internet connection. You can easily add extra devices to your network, swap equipment or test individual parts of your system. If something breaks, you can simply unplug it and replace it with an upgrade. This makes them especially convenient if your business moves to a new office.
You can simply move your internet equipment to the new premises, plug it back into your patch panel and pick up where you left off. If you are moving to a new location, always talk to an expert team like The Wifi Specialist. We can survey your new location and ensure that your changeover is seamless, with no periods of time where you are disconnected from your customers and staff.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is a patch panel?
A patch panel is a simple piece of internet equipment that features multiple network cable ports. Patch panels make it easy to organise, customise and maintain your wired internet connection or LAN network. Contact The Wifi Specialist today to find out more about how professional installation can benefit you.
How do you install a patch panel?
To have your patch panel installed correctly, you should always contact a professional team like The Wifi Specialist. We can perform a detailed site survey and design the perfect cabled network solution for you. With a properly installed patch panel, you can enjoy the benefits of a safe, flexible and tidy network of internet cables.