Patch Panels Patch Panels are devices or units with jacks and plugs for connecting and routing circuits for different uses. Panels allow the one location for all cables to terminate from different rooms into a wiring closet, and this convenience makes it easier to monitoring, connect and test each line.
Panels, also known as patch panel, patch panel, patch field or jack field, and 'patching' means to connect different devices like microphones, electric guitars, and recording equipment, amplifiers, or broadcasting equipment, through a common patch panel. These circuits, used in computer networking, recording studios, and radio and television, are often complex and intricate. Patch panels allow for different devices to connect in in different orders for various projects, as it operates as a command center controlling all the electronic equipment. Any changes are easily made on the patch panel, troubleshooting any technical difficulty immediately. Even small home studios and amateur project studios often use patch panels because it groups all of the input jacks into one location and then devices are mounted in racks, or keyboard instruments are connected without having to hunt around behind the rack or instrument with a flashlight for the right jack. Using a panel also saves wear and tear on the input jacks of studio gear and instruments because all of the connections are made with the patch panel.
Patch panels are prevalent in domestic installations since structured wiring installation becomes commonplace as in home cinema installations. Patch Panels make it easier to connect different devices in different orders for different projects, because all of the changes can be made at the panel, and can troubleshoot problems such as ground loops; the incessant ‘hum’ or noise and interference in audio, video, and computer systems. Worse, they o create an electric shock hazard. Patch panels are essential for cabling organization, and prevents cable “spaghetti”. Patch panels can be labeled easier than labeling a cable, and is a step up from a punch-down block. Panels usually have a 110 style connectors on the back for the cable to run to the stations. Each of those connectors is wired to an RJ-45 on the front. The RJ-45 on the front provides a spot to plug in a patch cable. The Type 110-style connectors are usually color-coded with 568A or 568B to match the color of the cable pairs. It is always essential that the style (568A or 568B ) on the patch panel matches the style of the wall plate.
Patch Panels add functionality as all these mounted jacks, inputs and outputs, are marked and labeled, but mostly because a patch panel prevents Balance and load problems which short circuit equipment. Well-designed patch paneling is also part of the solutions offered by Cable Supply. When there are issues of a “normalization” - an internal connection from the top row of jacks to the bottom row, and patch panels may be half-normal, or bottom, or full-normal, normal indicating that the top and bottom jacks are connected internally. The most effective studio wiring/patch panel designs will have the patch panel set up so it automatically routes signals to their most likely destinations. For example, if the output of your keyboard module is “normally” routed to channel 16 then you probably want to set up your patch panel so that connection is made automatically, meaning you don’t have to patch a cable between where the module is on the panel to the channel input. It’s already internally done in the panel. This is known as normalling. If a patch is going to be automatically done inside of a patch panel then clearly it is important to be able to override that in case you need to route that signal somewhere else or use those inputs for something else. Thus, on a properly configured patch panel, when you plug another source into the patch point for input channel 16, as in the example above, the signal coming from the module to that point would be automatically interrupted (cut off) in favor of the signal coming in on the patch you just made.
Patch panels are so important in a working studio because what happens to the signal coming from the module? It’s still available at its own patch point and can still be routed to another destination if need be. The patch panel or panel of network ports connect incoming and outgoing lines of a LAN or other communication, electronic or electrical system, and in a LAN, the patch panel connects the network's computers to each other and to the outside lines that enable the LAN to connect to the Internet or another WAN. Connections are made with patch cords. The patch panel allows circuits to be arranged and rearranged by plugging and unplugging the patch cords. Cable Supply offers the very best in network patch panels in Cat 5e and Cat 6. Get the installation tools and equipment you need today at cable supply.