Originally posted by: ivwshane
What makes a patch panel good? I saw some 24 port patch panels for about $60. As far as learning how to do the punch down type, that's no big deal since this is all one big learning experience anyway.
Well im really used to working on a much larger scale than a home network, the last patch pannel i picked up (96 port) cost 450 odd dollars, a punch down tool (110block and 66block) is around 50, so is a RJ-45 crimper, the UTP is fairly cheap, not sure on a cost per foot, but that should be fairly inexpensive. your going to have to mount your patch pannel to the wall, not sure if your version comes with wall mounts, so think about that too.
if its a learnign experience and you've got the fundage for it, go for it, but for 8-12 drops in your house, you really dont need it. thats all i was saying