Help a new guy out. I'm about to terminate 41 ports on a 48 port patch panel and am looking for advice on making it a nice and neat looking job. Realizing that there is no substitute for experience here is where I am at..
I have all the cables dropped out of the ceiling and ready to terminate. There is enough cable lenght out to make nice service loop after it's all terminated and patch panel installed in the rack. I'd like to terminate it in such a way that I can make a nice bundle back up in the ceiling once I terminate and bundle back up the cables.
My plan is to mount the patch panel reversed on the rack for termination and the cables will come in from the left(high port number side when mounted backwards). I plan on terminating them from left to right on the panel.
My real question is do you cut each cable to length before punching down? How do you determine this length so that you'll have a nice bundle when you add the wire management bar and secure everything? I would think that you just figure out the size cut it about a foot or so longer, strip it at the length you determined and punch down with the long tails..
Am I correct in saying that the ports closest to where the bundle entered would have physically shorter cables so when everything is bundled up everything will be neat and clean?
Thanks for any tips! I've previous asked about this topic, but am just looking for more suggestions so that I'll be happy with the end results on this job.