longtime reader first time poster. I just moved into an apartment with in-wall Cat 5e wiring, and I'm hoping someone can shed some light on what I found in the box where they all come together. See photos below. In short, there appears to be a punchdown patch panel, but there are no RJ45 plugs on it. The grey Cat 5e cables come in through the wall and appear to be punched down vertically (first photo), with a blue Cat 5e cable that crosses all of them horizontally (second photo). There is nothing on the back of the panel, just the metal frame.
Then there is some kind of wacky splicing of one blue Cat 5e cable and one grey one (first photo again).
I have no idea how to connect a router to this or even what's supposed to be happening here. I am wondering if I should just replace the patch panel (if that is in fact what it is) with one that has RJ45 ports I can plug a router into. But I don't know much about in-wall network wiring so worried I'm missing the logic of this setup somehow.
Any light that anyone can shed on this mess would be appreciated.
I'll note that I suspect the contractor didn't know what he was doing, because instead of using the 8-way coaxial splitter in the module there to supply signal to all of the coax jacks in the apartment, he used a 50-cent 2-way splitter and left the rest of the coax cables in the box unterminated and disconnected.