What is a patch panel?

A patch panel also known to as a patch bay, patch field, or jacket field, is a piece of hardware assembly with several ports for connecting and managing incoming and outgoing LAN cables or fiber/copper cables. However, these Patch panels can be very small with just a few ports, or very large with hundreds of ports. Furthermore, They can also be set up for fiber optic cables, cat5 cables, Cat-6 cables, RJ45 cables, and many others.

What are types of Patch Panel?

Generally, there are two kinds of patch panels in the typical data center infrastructure: fiber optic panels and Ethernet patch panels. Both of them are available in different designs, configurations or port counts, and can be customized to fit various network cabling requirements.