Originally Posted by Hornswoggler
A question for you guys with 19" racks...
What do you do for phone? Do you put in a 19" punchdown block? (I think Leviton makes one, I dunno). Lemme know what you might recommend. I have about three phone jacks I need to wire. If a rack solution doesnt make sense, I guess I could get a wall mount punchdown block (even then, I dont know wth I am doing, lol)
And whats some good coax panels for a 19" rack?
I used standard 48 port cat5e panels for data and phone. Very versatile. In this pic, port 48 has the 2 incoming phone lines. For ports 43-47 I ran a loop through all of them. On the front, I have a jumper from 48 to 47. This lights up ports 43-46 with phone service. I can then just plug in a patch cable from these ports and patch them into any of my 54 drops I choose. Everything is punched down and terminated for RJ45 connections. That way you can use it for either phone or data.
In reality, I am only using 1 port and that goes to my Seimens base unit located in my office. From that I have 6 cordless handsets throughout the house. Its just nice to know that I could do any type of wiring I need and send it anywhere in the house by simply using patch cables.
For Coax patch panels, I picked up some blank 24 port "F" panels and connectors on ebay. Thats my recomendation for coax instead of the keystone style connectors for regular patch panels.
Take a look at my thread here. It pretty much answers a lot of your questions. http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=572579
Hopefully all this is clear enough. Let me know if you need any help, I can walk you through it.