We've recently moved in to a new place, and I'm looking to set up a tidy LAN, unlike the mess we have had in the past! I'm planning to run everything back to a hallway closet.
Initially I'm going to run 2x Cat 5e and 2x RG6 to one of the three bedrooms (which I'm using as more of an office), and 4x Cat5e + 2x RG6 to the lounge, with scope to run to additional rooms as required (though these two have priority).
I have underfloor access so yesterday I cut some holes in the wall and drilled up from below, and have done one cable run so far. I'm using PDL plates at the wall. So the endpoints are coming along ok, my questions are more around what to do back at the closet.
My understanding is that there is a minimum spec of kit that should be provided for UFB, such as an appropriately sized enclosure, power, UPS etc. While we do not have UFB available right now, I would like to think that when the time comes, UFB related gear (ONT, Router) could slot right in alongside the existing gear in the closet.
The closet is essentially a linen cupboard, and it does have a bit of shelving that needs to stay in place. What I do have is a 600mm W x 1000mm H x 600mm D space at the base of the closet, where I'm hoping to put everything. I do have an alternative location at the very top of the closet, in it's own seperate cupboard (though this is not as tall), but this will generally mean longer runs, and having to drill several holes through the shelving. I know that in the TCF guidelines they recommend about eye level, but I do not really have that option here.
I was thinking about installing one of the 28 inch Dynamix cabinets (http://dynamix.co.nz/index.html?do=viewproduct&code=HWS-2803V&ID=16477979), mounted on the rear wall of the closet. I would then fit that with one of the 12 port mini patch panels, existing 8 port switch, and ADSL router (I will need to do some work to get the phone line to the closet, but more on that later).
Does this sound like a reasonable approach? Does anyone have any alternative suggestions?
One question I do have about the Dynamix cabinet is where the cables are fed in to it. I have the cable runs coming up through the floor at the back bottom right of the closet, so just trying to wrap my head around where they need to go.
Happy to hear your thoughts!