said by alkizmo:
Is it standard to terminate RJ45 cables in the distribution panel with female ends? In my head, they should terminate with male ends.
I've seen it both ways. All the corporate wiring closets I've ever seen are patch panels with jacks. But that's an added cost when technically it could be just plugs on the end of the Cat5. It's not as tidy and things have to be properly labeled as to what wire goes where.
As I said, there are different styles of the adapter. You can them with either end being a plug or a jack so just look for whatever is appropriate for the particular situation.