Please help me understand punchdown blocks and patch panels.
March 3, 2008 5:56 AM Subscribe
Help a new homeowner configure LAN in utility area. I'm new with punch blocks, patch panels, etc.
posted by Jackie_Treehorn to Technology (20 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
First I'd start of with me: I'm experienced in basic networking. I can run the line, make my own ethernet ends and am familiar with switches, hubs, routers, etc. What I am not experienced with are patch panels, punchdown blocks and the like.
My new home is pre-wired with cat 5e for the phone lines and ran to a central location in my utility room. I want to convert some of those lines into computer network lines. First I'll replace all wall jacks to rj-45 from the current standard rj-11 phone line jacks since you can plug rj-11 into rj-45 jacks. When all comes to the utility room, I'll simply select which jack I'd like to be the phone line and wire it as such.
Now here in the utility room is what I'm not too sure of. What I'd like to be able to do is if I change my mind and want room a to be telephone, I'll simply unplug something in my utility room and plug it back into something else. And wala, it's been changed from ethernet to telephone. And the other way around also. A super easy way to change things back and forth in the utility room.
So is that via a punchdown block? A punchdown block with rj-45 jacks on it? Two switches - one for ethernet and one for phone?
I've been trying to find some handy tutorials on the internet, but thus far have found nothing.