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# 214600 19-May-2017 20:22
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I have a plan to put my pc in a cupboard on the opposite side of the wall from the office. Noise disappears, space in the office increases and SWMBO won't have to look at "that monstrosity".

Initial thoughts were to just cut a slot in the wall on both sides, feed the appropriate cables through and call it a day. This has since been discarded (see comment above ref better half!)

Plan B is to create a patch panel from a thin sheet of alminium, drill/dremmell out a few holes and affix the appropriate patch leads. This will be painted to match the wall, have a nice trim around it, and hidden under the desk. Same again will be mirrored on the opposite side of the wall to interface with the PC.

Question I have for the wise revolves around what connections I should be considering. At this stage, I'm thinking the following:

HDMI x 2 - Current PC is quite old (DVI outputs on GPU). I'm running two screens at the moment, which again are old, having only VGA and DVI inputs. I was thinking HDMI for future proofing and using adaptors between initially. Would I be better going for DP instead?

USB 3.0 x 4? - Allow for connection of periphials - although it might be easier to only bring one or two through the wall and use a hub on the office side perhaps?

RJ45 - going to run two data lines to the cupboard, might as well run three and bring one through the wall for ease of connecting anything temporaraliy

3.5mm audio - Speakers / headphones.

Have I missed anything or has anyone done something similar? More than happy to hear anyone's thoughts or advice.

Thanks.

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  # 1784937 19-May-2017 20:58
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Have you thought about a brush wall plate (Google it) which would be easier, cheaper and more flexible. May possibly have a similar WAF to your plan B.



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  # 1784939 19-May-2017 21:09
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I had a brush plate in our previous house - I found it to be quite a pain to get cables through once there was more than a couple running through it - particularly if they had larger connectors on them. Definitely an option to consider, but perhaps a couple of them.

 
 
 
 


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  # 1784994 20-May-2017 05:06
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being on the other side of the wall its going to be a right PITA to have the wall plats back up to one another, not to mention all the extra connections which could degrade the signal.

 

As mentioned a couple of brush plates would be way easier and likely look tidier


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  # 1784995 20-May-2017 05:58
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HDMI may limit you going fowards with most display cards having one HDMI and many displayports on them, and many monitors not really doing HDMI 2.0 for the higher resolutions so you end up dropping to something aweful like 30Hz over HDMI 1.4.

 

 





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  # 1785015 20-May-2017 09:19
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Thanks for the replies so far.

I should have mentioned in the OP that the plates/holes will have an off-set of around a metre horizontally - so there shouldn't be an issue with things backing up against each other, but yes multiple connections will likely have an effect on signal quality.

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  # 1785017 20-May-2017 09:22
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I've done it with a brushplate for years. WOrks great. Silent PC without all that pesky spending hundreds of dollars on stupid fans.

 

Cheers - N

 

 





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  # 1785018 20-May-2017 09:26
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Talkiet:

I've done it with a brushplate for years. WOrks great. Silent PC without all that pesky spending hundreds of dollars on stupid fans.


Cheers - N


 



Couple of quick questions if you don't mind please:

How many cables and of what type do you have running through the wall?

How far do they travel? Straight through or do they offset in the wall?

How many brush plates? Singles or double gang units? Do you find any noise comes through the brush plate?

Cheers

 
 
 
 


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  # 1785019 20-May-2017 09:30
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2x Displayport, 2x USB (hub on desktop), 3.5mm stereo

 

 

 

Straight through at desk height level (PC in cupboard and plate on this side hidden by desk). No noise comes through the bushplates, but the PC isn't a monster jet fan cooled thing.

 

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