What is a punch down block?

Question

Hello, I wanted to know what is a good device to connect one group of wires to another group of wires through a system of metal pegs?

Thanks in advance

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This question was answered on March 5, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

One good device that can do exactly what you ask for is a punch down block Also referred to as a cross-connect block, terminating block, or a connecting block A punch down block is a device that connects one group of wires to another group of wires through a system of metal pegs that the wires are attached to, often used in telecommunications closets that support local-area networks Punchdown blocks are the predecessors to patch panels and were commonly used to support low-bandwidth Ethernet and token-ring networks Punchdown blocks typically are not capable of supporting Cat-5 cabling, which is the common cable used in modern Ethernet designs

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on March 5, 2004