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#236118 18-May-2018 17:34
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I'm wanting to wire up my home with ethernet, and due to the age of the home (1920s), there is a significant lack (zero) wardrobes to stash a network setup in. I'm looking for recommendations as to where I could set a good permanent home for my networking gear.

 

The two places that I can think of are the laundry (which I'm not too sure on due to the humidity from the washing machine and potential future dryer) and one of the kitchen cabinets (potentially the pantry as power is readily available, otherwise in one of the corner cupboards that aren't immediately accessible/useful. Are there any concerns to be had with either of these locations? Would there be other common places that I should think of? Ceiling (what about operating temperatures)?

 

The previous owners also got fibre installed directly into the hallway. I would prefer to look at moving this and consolidating the gear (currently running an ethernet cable around a door frame to get it into a useable location), is it relatively easy to move the ONT? Is this something that I would need to contact the fibre provider about (Ultrafast Fibre)?

 

For reference, would be looking at just running ethernet to the bedroom we've set up as an office, the lounge and to the UAP that I want to mount to the ceiling. So probably looking at 3-6 runs total. Current gear is an edgerouter light, unifi poe switch and uap.


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  #2018479 18-May-2018 17:38
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you cant move the ONT you need to contact your RSP and get them to arrange it, likely at a cost to you.

 

I wouldnt put stuff in the ceiling as it will likely cause the items to fail sooner.

 

our laundry doesnt get very humid at all as the dryer is vented so if you can vent it i would do that then place the patch panel there.


 
 
 

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  #2018493 18-May-2018 17:55
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I put recessed cabinets into the wall of my hallway. Just cut out the plasterboard and move the horizontal wood in the way:

 

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Will end up with probably around 40 cat6a. I bought the CableMatters patch panel and keystones from Amazon. Heaps cheaper than buying in NZ and gave to electricians.

 

 





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  #2018603 18-May-2018 21:10
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Since you only want a maximum of six runs, could you just make the central location behind your TV and just use a six port standard faceplate. That would allow you to house an ethernet switch and other equipment in the TV cabinet and forego a separate comms cabinet or rack.

The other option would be to do the same in the office, but less ideal if it will eventually revert to a bedroom.






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  #2018802 19-May-2018 09:48
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Agree with foob

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  #2018873 19-May-2018 11:32
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Placed my gear in unused space above wardrobes between two rooms, then cut an access door in the hallway wall, old 1940’s state house. Done during and extensive Reno, so was easy to run power and cables whilst I re gibbed.

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  #2018915 19-May-2018 12:58
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I had space below the hot water cylinder. The cylinder and plumbing was about 60cm off the floor, and the cylinder cupboard itself was fairly central in the house. The cable routing was easy: straight down to the under-floor crawlspace.

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  #2018950 19-May-2018 13:35
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We had a small cupboard in the hallway above the linen cupboard in our 40's house.

 

It's pretty typical to have cupboard and then a small cupboard above it in most rooms that I have seen. Perfect place for a comms room if you ask me.

 

I told my wife (and she allowed it laughing) and it went in there. I was re-wiring so the Sparky put in an outlet plus put a switch in the linen cupboard to switch the power outlet on and off, that way if I have to reboot it I don't need to get a ladder out.

 

I highly recommend the power switch where it's accessible, useful for killing the internet should the kids misbehave and I wanted to reboot things and couldn't be bothered doing it remotely (or if my wife wanted to do it)





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  #2019010 19-May-2018 15:22
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Zeon:

 

I put recessed cabinets into the wall of my hallway. Just cut out the plasterboard and move the horizontal wood in the way:

 

Click to see full size

 

Will end up with probably around 40 cat6a. I bought the CableMatters patch panel and keystones from Amazon. Heaps cheaper than buying in NZ and gave to electricians.

 

 

 

 

What's the strategy for covering it up?


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  #2019012 19-May-2018 15:26
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froob: Since you only want a maximum of six runs, could you just make the central location behind your TV and just use a six port standard faceplate. That would allow you to house an ethernet switch and other equipment in the TV cabinet and forego a separate comms cabinet or rack.

The other option would be to do the same in the office, but less ideal if it will eventually revert to a bedroom.

 

 

 

Thanks, will definitely think that option over. I am considering wall mounting the tv, but in any case, I'll need some sort of cabinet there.


  #2019072 19-May-2018 16:59
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Technicolour:

 

Zeon:

 

I put recessed cabinets into the wall of my hallway. Just cut out the plasterboard and move the horizontal wood in the way:

 

 

 

Will end up with probably around 40 cat6a. I bought the CableMatters patch panel and keystones from Amazon. Heaps cheaper than buying in NZ and gave to electricians.

 

 

 

 

What's the strategy for covering it up?

 

 

They have doors on them but you could make something a little smarter for them :)


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