imagining a patch panel that uses something like a light interruption sensor in each port in order to determine if the patch port is occupied by a cable
also: perhaps magnets or something (physics tbd) in order to determine if the patch is actually patched in

would've saved me hours in microsoft excel to have a network-connected patch panel

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@maffsie why is excel part of so many data centres for that reason?

@nilsding microsoft excel datacentre edition

for real tho it's just an easy way to get a grid of boxes that you can either colour or put text into to indicate what that box is, and it's easy to make it look visually similar to an actual patch panel for faster comprehension

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