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egd
2009-01-20, 00:46
I'm planning on installing CAT6 connectors in 4 rooms within my home with all cables ultimately destined for the study via an empty in-wall PVC tube and wall socket, from where I intend connecting them to a gigabit switch. I'm looking for a suitable faceplate that can accommodate the four gigabit cables as well as a regular phone line. Any pointers as to who may carry a suitable faceplate would be much appreciated.

Paul_B
2009-01-20, 05:44
Personally I wouldn't bother with CAT6. CAT5E is so much cheaper and easier to install. CAT6 is very tempremental and doesn't take tight curves or imperfect fitting if you are looking to get the full CAT6 standard. If you really need 10Gbps why not go the whole hog and go CAT7?

To address the original question you might want to check out http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ukha_d as faceplates are often discussed (it is manily a UK audience and I see you are in SA but you might get some company names)

peter
2009-01-20, 08:05
egd wrote:
> I'm planning on installing CAT6 connectors in 4 rooms within my home
> with all cables ultimately destined for the study via an empty in-wall
> PVC tube and wall socket, from where I intend connecting them to a
> gigabit switch. I'm looking for a suitable faceplate that can
> accommodate the four gigabit cables as well as a regular phone line.
> Any pointers as to who may carry a suitable faceplate would be much
> appreciated.
>

I wouldn't bother with separate sockets for a regular phone line. RJ11
plugs fit in RJ 45 sockets just fine and you can sort things out in the
patch panel.

Or use wireless DECT phones instead.

Regards,
Peter

pfarrell
2009-01-20, 11:26
egd wrote:
> gigabit switch. I'm looking for a suitable faceplate that can
> accommodate the four gigabit cables as well as a regular phone line.
> Any pointers as to who may carry a suitable faceplate would be much
> appreciated.

Any Lowes or Home Depot will have what you need. Just get a plate with
space for six plug in connections, and get the appropriate number of
connections.

--
Pat Farrell
http://www.pfarrell.com/

pfarrell
2009-01-20, 11:29
Peter wrote:
> I wouldn't bother with separate sockets for a regular phone line. RJ11
> plugs fit in RJ 45 sockets just fine and you can sort things out in the
> patch panel.

This is not a great idea. Sure, they work, but the RJ11 may bend the
unused pins, and then it won't work for RJ45 reliably. With the usual
mix and match insert plates, its easy to change later.

--
Pat Farrell
http://www.pfarrell.com/

peter
2009-01-20, 13:56
Pat Farrell wrote:
> Peter wrote:
>
>> I wouldn't bother with separate sockets for a regular phone line. RJ11
>> plugs fit in RJ 45 sockets just fine and you can sort things out in the
>> patch panel.
>>
>
> This is not a great idea. Sure, they work, but the RJ11 may bend the
> unused pins, and then it won't work for RJ45 reliably. With the usual
> mix and match insert plates, its easy to change later.
>

The pins will just bounce back ;)
They're springs really...

Regards,
Peter

audio53
2009-01-20, 18:50
You will find everything you need here http://www.deepsurplus.com/ at unbeatable prices. They even include a box of Skittles with every order! Don't overpay at your local home center. I have bought from Deep Surplus several times. Fast shipping and high quality stuff.

Bob

Disclaimer...my only relationship with Deep Surplus is as a satisfied customer.

audio53
2009-01-20, 18:53
Peter wrote:
> I wouldn't bother with separate sockets for a regular phone line. RJ11
> plugs fit in RJ 45 sockets just fine and you can sort things out in the
> patch panel.

This is not a great idea. Sure, they work, but the RJ11 may bend the
unused pins, and then it won't work for RJ45 reliably. With the usual
mix and match insert plates, its easy to change later.

--
Pat Farrell
http://www.pfarrell.com/


I agree 110% with this. Do the job right the first time. It won't cost you any more to use the correct jacks. Why ask for problems?

Bob

slimkid
2009-01-20, 20:34
... Why ask for problems?

Bob

Because, they usually won't come on their own. :)

pfarrell
2009-01-20, 20:45
audio53 wrote:
> You will find everything you need here http://www.deepsurplus.com/ at
> unbeatable prices.

And be a real geek, get a punchdown tool and use it on the ones with
punchdown connections. The tool-less ones sometimes work, but are not
worth the hassle when they don't.

http://bit.ly/1tYCk0
twenty bucks


--
Pat Farrell
http://www.pfarrell.com/

bobharp
2009-01-21, 08:55
As Pat noted most of the modules and faceplate (Leviton) can be purchased from Home Depot. If I am in a pinch that is where I'll head. Surprisingly they have Leviton patch cables at a reasonable price as well.

If you are ordering from South Africa then that is probably not an option.

If I need more complex cabling parts, I will order from the site below.
The site may be worth your time for researching the parts you need.

http://www.milestek.com/search_NonSorted.asp?skw=ZZWP

jfo
2009-01-21, 11:45
I've never used them but you could check out Monoprice. The keystone connectors and wallplates are well priced and they ship internationally. I'm going to order some to complete my installation. You would need the small punch down tool, which I found easy to use.

Jim

http://www.monoprice.com/products/department.asp?c_id=105

pfarrell
2009-01-21, 12:00
jfo wrote:
> I've never used them but you could check out Monoprice.

I have recently used them, mostly because of recommendations from folks
on this forum. Good prices, good service. I was very happy with the deal

--
Pat Farrell
http://www.pfarrell.com/

ftlight
2009-01-21, 12:08
On 1/21/2009 1:45 PM, jfo wrote:
> I've never used them but you could check out Monoprice. The keystone
> connectors and wallplates are well priced and they ship
> internationally. I'm going to order some to complete my installation.
> You would need the small punch down tool, which I found easy to use.
>
> Jim
>
> http://www.monoprice.com/products/department.asp?c_id=105

I buy from Monoprice regularly. Their Cat 5 cable prices are far lower
than anywhere else (and the cables are decent quality), and their
shipping is reasonably priced and fast.

Sample price: 100-foot Cat 5 cable $8.15. All the lengths up to five
feet are under a dollar each.

--
Bill Burns
Long Island NY USA
http://ftldesign.com

NFLnut
2009-05-07, 21:09
I'm a little late piling in here .. you might have already done your project. I too, am about to pull some wires through existing walls and under an upstairs floor (cutting into drywall and pulling up floorboards to put [2] 1-1/2" PVC pipes for cable conduit so I can pull more cable if needed in the future).

I have also been looking for faceplates. What I found was http://www.hifisoundconnection.com/Shop/Control/Product/fp/vpid/4075856/vpcsid/0/SFV/30046 . Now I am trying to figure out what PVC fittings to use. I decided to use standard CPVC instead of the Carlon grey PVC that is traditionally used for electric conduit. This is because there are far more fittings for standard (irrigation) PVC. And since these conduits will be solely used for pulling low voltage (speaker wires, RG-6, Cat6, audio interconnects, HDMI cables, and mini-coax such as Belden 1522, ..) I figure it will be okay. I will use one conduit for audio and the other for Cat6 and video.

But just this week I also became aware of this: http://homepathproducts.com/products/index.php Probably costs more than I'm willing to spend, but looks very interesting.