It has alot to do with cable management. It's much easier to terminate 50 cat.5 on a patch panel and make it look neat vs. using RJ45 modular plugs and and going directly to the switch. It's also much faster to terminate on a patch panel than it is to install modular plugs. Another consideration, if a cat.5 were to be yanked on I would rather punch down again than risk damaging a switch port.I am doing a small office ethernet install. Is there any reason not to terminate plugs directly on the end for the ethernet switch as opposed to terminating to 110 block and using patch cords? Thanks
Agreed, if there is the slightest chance of future expansion its the right thing to do!You can certainly do whatever seems simplest and cheapest, now. But, look ahead a few years and consider how difficult it will be to expand this 'hardwired' layout. Even something as simple as moving a plug to a different jack on the same router may be impossible without a Cat 5 coupler.
It may be neat now, but, any moves, adds or changes will get real ugly real fast. Perhaps this client will never expand their network beyond this point, but, what if they do? Will you then feel like punching down the old horizontal wire (presuming there's still room in the closet for a punchdown block)?