It helps all the routine network monitoring tasks to be done quickly.
The position of the patch cords, can be changed by anyone when there is an urgent need to do so, without having to wait for the network administrator. Or the network administrator can remotely guide the person performing the changes as it is easy to identify the routes and make changes due to the labeling and tagging.
The switches and their connections are permanently fixed, reducing the chances of manual error. This also helps administrators to avoid tampering with the network switches directly by inexperienced personnel.
Patch Panels come with cable ties and mounting hardware for efficient cable routing and management. It also looks neat and organized this way.
Some vendors offer patch panel management/monitoring software with sensors attached to patch cables which can monitor if any changes are made to the network and intimate the network administrator if any cables are changed, connected or disconnected. This helps identify and correct unauthorized tampering.
There are many types of patch panels. There are various patch panels based on the number of ports like 12 Port, 24 Port, 48 Port etc. There are also separate patch panels for Cat 5E, Cat 6, Cat 6A and cat 7 cables. So, if your switches support 1GE, your patch panels also need to support 1GE, only then you can realize 1GE in the edge port. There are different patch panels for UTP and Shielded pair cables. Patch Panels are also available as Flat Patch Panels or Angled Patch Panels (Here, the modules are angled at 45 degrees to increase the cable bend radius, in certain applications).
Disadvantages of Patch Panels: The network cabling, if done without patch panels, do not lose any functionality. So, they are actually redundant but an important component of structured cabling installations. The patch panels are quite expensive. They need to be upgraded (or changed) when the switches are changed to support higher bandwidth (The patch panel which supports 100 Mbps max. will not support 1000 Mbps when the network switches are upgraded to that level). There are also possibilities of errors during installation of patch panels as each UTP cable that needs to be fixed has 8 terminal cables which need to be punched according to a colour scheme.
Green Telecom Fiber patch panel offers superior optical performance, high stability and high reliability, meet various application requirements in FTTx construction , ODN construction, LAN, Metro network and CATV.