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#240028 16-Aug-2018 09:29
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I need to mount a couple of grandstream APs on my ceiling. I have solid cat 6 cabled up to the location in the ceiling. I was originally going to just terminate the cable in the ceiling to a wall socket up there and run a pre made patch cable from their through a hole in the ceiling to the AP. But I realise now I'll have to make a pretty big hole to get the rj45 jack through. Is it possible to just drill a smaller hole pull through the cat 6 and terminate the plug with something like this?

 

I've terminated many wall sockets but never put one of these plugs on. Ideally a tool less option would be best as I don't have a clamping tool (or whatever they are called) for this specific job. I only need to do it for 2 (at this stage). 

 

Or am I better just to stick with my original plan or running a patch cable from the AP through a hole in the ceiling? And if so, whats a good way to tidily cover that hole? Some kind of white rubber grommit?


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  #2074324 16-Aug-2018 09:32
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You can crimp a plug directly on, but it needs to be for solid cable (not stranded) or it will be unreliable. You also need the correct tool to do it.

 

Most APs will cover the hole the cable comes through, so drill the smallest hole needed to get the plug through.




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  #2074328 16-Aug-2018 09:39
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Any reliable tool less options you know of?


 
 
 
 


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  #2074330 16-Aug-2018 09:40
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There are none.




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  #2074331 16-Aug-2018 09:41
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Spyware:

 

There are none.

 

 

 

 

I thought that might be the answer.


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  #2074336 16-Aug-2018 09:49
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Bound to be someone on here who can lend you a crimper, depending on where you are...


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  #2074343 16-Aug-2018 10:02
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A ha. Thanks for that. That might be the best option. I'll probably end up using it again at some point in the future as I also run a bunch of cat 6 to various spots for IP cameras. 


 
 
 
 


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  #2074356 16-Aug-2018 10:25
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I personally believe you are still best to put a jack on and use a patch lead, you will need to cut roughly a 15mm dia hole, a hole is a hole when it comes to replastering, so just don't worry.

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  #2074401 16-Aug-2018 11:10
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Assuming you're installing things correctly the hole will be covered by the AP so it shouldn't matter what approach you take.

 

 


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  #2074438 16-Aug-2018 12:09
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Do you rent or own?

 

Sounds like you are after something that can be removed and easily repairable?

 

I assume there are going to be 4 mounting screws as well (5 holes)

 

AP will cover any hole you make, If its a concern - Just leave the AP connected in the ceiling?


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  #2074462 16-Aug-2018 12:43
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Or you can cheat and leave AP in ceiling.
- not the optimal install but usually works fine
- yes, this can shorten the life of the AP




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  #2074729 17-Aug-2018 10:09
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Yogi02:

 

Do you rent or own?

 

Sounds like you are after something that can be removed and easily repairable?

 

I assume there are going to be 4 mounting screws as well (5 holes)

 

AP will cover any hole you make, If its a concern - Just leave the AP connected in the ceiling?

 

 

Own. Brand new house. Not so concerned about it being easily removed. More concerned they'll be a hole that dust and stuff will be coming through from the ceiling, and that It'll be seen. The plug is quite close to the outside of the AP as shown in the pic. And once you stick a cable in, without bending it too far, I'm pretty sure you'll be able to see the hole in the ceiling. 

 




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  #2074730 17-Aug-2018 10:11
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coffeebaron: Or you can cheat and leave AP in ceiling.
- not the optimal install but usually works fine
- yes, this can shorten the life of the AP

 

 

 

I had thought about that, it would definitely get the WAF.


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  #2074731 17-Aug-2018 10:14
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Or install it in a closet where no one will notice it at all? I have not mounted mine yet, ones in the garage on a shelf, the other is sitting next to me on the desk. But it will go in the office closet when I get around to mounting it.




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  #2074732 17-Aug-2018 10:16
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I could probably put one in a closet, the other one, I'm still figuring out where best to place it, but I don't think that will be anywhere near a cupboard.


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