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cat6 patch panel

cat6 patch panel

How long should it take to terminate 48 cat6 cables on a cat6  48 port patch panel?  

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It would depend on the location of the panel. If it is in above the ceiling grid, underwater, within 18" of an opposing wall, in a walk-in freezer or other such he77 holes where these are mounted by the unknowing it could take all week.

OTOH, if it is in a nice well lit room with sufficient clearance and is at working height it should take an hour or two.  

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what if all he had to terminate the wires was a pointed stick?

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It would take me one day

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testing also

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"It would take me one day"

Hopefully that is with a pointed stick...

With proper tools, even with testing, a day seems excessive.

It takes less than a minute to terminate a 8 conductor cable. Double that for keeping things orderly and add 30 min for tool in/out and it is fairly leisurely 126 minutes for the job specified by the OP. I have done plenty of punchdowns in less time than that.

Even running a certification type tester BY MYSELF takes no more than 5 minutes a wire. Heck, the wires can't be over 300' so the walking can't be much over 5.5 miles. Even in a convoluted building the majority of the wires will be considerably less than 300'. So that is 4 hours max. With a helper the time is considerably less.

So 6 hours = a day?  

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From the few jobs I have timed, they average 1 minute/pr including testing. So 48times 4 pr = 192min. or 3 hr 12 min

These jobs were well lite and included the house end only.

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the old Bell System guys, punching down 25 pair cables on split 66 blocks, could do it 7 minutes a side. that's unsheathing the cable, fanning it out, hooking the pairs, then punching them all down. i got good at it from them showing me when i worked with them at Lucent, right before they all retired, but not 7 minutes a side.

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This isn't a 25 pair cable, this is cat 6-8 pair and I would guess by the time you slick up the cable, cut the sheath and fan the 8 pair cable, untwist the pair (but not too much) and punch it down, then make it pretty, 10 minutes per cable which is about 7 hours.
Might do it quicker, but that's what I would charge.
Don't under estimate.

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The question wasn't how much you would charge but the time required to do the job. I can't imagine how "pretty" 10 minutes per cable could be...

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so Mugsiensedgwick, what kind of connector do you use with that Cat6-8 pair cable?

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lol, got me on that one. Eight conductor.
I've seen to many 2 minutes and we're done jobs.
I would probably plan on take 10 minutes per cable.
You guys can probably do it a lot faster than I can and still make it look good.

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divtel I would love for you to tell us in the end how long it took.

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3 to 4 48 panels an 8 hour shift should be an easy job for 1 person, including seperating and dressing.

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Hi everyone. Many different answers to the question.I quess the bestway to know is to do the job. I did and it took me 3hrs per
48 port panel (Forming Terminating & Testing).The work is neat & all the testing passed.Thanks again for all the input.

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Guess I'm old and slow...
Wires you must be young and experienced. lol
I still say under estimate and over perform is best.

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"Wires you must be young" Nope, gray hair.

My Grandfather would usually beat me on most multi-hour jobs when he was in his 70s and I was in my 20s. The key is to keep an even pace and don't stop.  

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just try it when the cables are unmarked or incorrectly marked...7 hours would not be long enough...

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Hi Divtel,
I have terminated many Cat5e patch panels before, but just did my first Cat6 recently and was surprised at the extra time needed on a IBDN (NORDX) system.....found it was about 8 minutes per termination....after having all cables formed right to the panel...can you share your secret with us?

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As long as it's not a Belden or IBDN panel or any panel that has the IDC in a square, and maintaining standards and codes, about 2 hrs.  Also, the cable can't be that stupid Belden bonded pair datatwist bullsh*t.   

RE: cat6 patch panel

I used panduit minicom and they average 5 min per after dressing

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