Patch cable or patch cords are use for cross connection from hubs or routers to patch panels.
Using ethernet RJ45 to RJ45 patch cables are made up of stranded Cat3, 5, 5e or Cat6 and higher network
For example when you are using
a patch panel to connect all your voice or data cable from the
station outlet to one central location you hook it to a patch panel usually in
the rear rear with patch cords.
The patch cords are connected by plugging them into the front of the
What about the Hub or Routers?
Once you have run you solid horizontal cable runs from your computer work
stations to a patch panel then you will need to connect them together with patch
110 patch cables are different from the RJ45 style. They are used with 110 blocks
where the ends are completely different.
Shielded ones are used in networks that have shielded connectivity from
end to end.
So why use a patch cable or patch cord at all, why not go direct with the
horizontal cable to a hub or router?
Someone once said one persistent constant is that if something can go wrong it
probably will. One of those things is if you run directly to the hub with solid
core horizontal cable then you can rest assure that you will not be able to keep
it from moving. That ever so slight movement can cause the solid cable that is
terminated inside an RJ45 male plug to crack. That crack can drive you up a wall
to find out what is wrong when one of the hub ports goes dead.
Wala, stranded is the answer!
Use a patch cable that is stranded cable and terminated in male plugs but the
difference is because of the stranding is it's more difficult for the cable to
crack or break inside the connector without you knowing it.
Do you think that's easy to track down?
can drive you crazy. You will be blaming the hub, the cable, the panel, probably
everything and everyone, except the connection inside the RJ45 female plug.
The ability now to move or change the connection becomes easy and the
capability to track a problem also becomes easier.
Just unplug and replug.