Laying Down the Wires on the Patch Panel
all the procedures you'll be following on NetDay, laying down
the wires is one of the most important to do exactly right.
If you don't follow the EIA 568A
specification PRECISELY, the cable may still transmit data
but at a much slower rate. Here's how to follow the spec:
down wires on the patch panel in ascending order by room
number, from left to right. (DON'T necessarily lay them
down in the order in which you ran the cables.) For example,
if you're wiring Rooms 101, 103, 205 and 215, lay the wires
down as follows: 101/A, 101/B, 103/A, 103/B, 205/A, etc.
Refer to your cut sheet.
You'll label the patch
the wires down in the patch panel so that the colors of
the wires correspond exactly to the colors indicated on
the pin locations, as
you did when you laid down
the wires in the jack. Different-colored wires are
NOT interchangeable, and blue wires are NOT interchangeable
with blue/white, orange with orange/white, etc.
the sheath within 1/4 inch of where the wires begin branching
out to their pin locations.
the wires more than necessary to lay them down at the pin
locations. Untwisted wires don't transmit data as quickly.
Also, if the wires are not all color-coded,
you risk mixing them up. A good way to keep from untwisting
too much is to hold down the wires next to the patch panel
with one finger while you use the other hand to pull apart
the end you want to lay down. Extra twists are OK.
more cable sheath than necessary (about 1 1/2 to 2 inches)
to do the wiring. Stripping too much sheath will slow the
rate of data transmission.
When you ran
the cable in Part I, you
should have left enough slack so that now you can put the
patch panel on the floor while you're punching down the