Testing patch panel

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Does anyone know how to test a patch panel without using any high-end equipment? I have a small lab in a small office....what should I know to be able to test a 24 port test panel?

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Option #1 – about $100, you can buy a continuity tester for RJ45 that would test all 8 wires through the panel and tell you, as you go through each jack, if any ports are bad. You would have to make a little jack off of the back of the panel where the punch downs are.
Option #2 – again, create a little jack off the back using a short cable and a receptacle, connect a hub to it. take a laptop and go through each jack on the front, as you move the jack on the back (punching it down over and over again) – to simulate a network connection through the panel.

Either way, there isn’t an especially easy solution.

I hope that helps!

Thanks,
David Davis

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  • megladonfiberoptics
    You may wish to use a cleaning product before testing also - here are some examples of different fiber network cleaning products 

    It is important to remove any kind of dust or particles from your fiber end face prior to connecting as to avoid further contamination. 
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  • ToddN2000
    If it's a standard patch panel, which just has jacks on the front that connect to identical jacks on the back, just connect a cable to the matching front & back connections and use a cable tester to make sure it's connected. Do that for each port.
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