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Topic # 123193 27-Jun-2013 20:01
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We're currently building a house, and yesterday we received a quote from the electrician for a data enclosure that was $1500 incl GST.

Now that seems a little bit extreme to me, so in the interest of saving money I'm thinking about doing it myself.

I've been looking at the Dynamix 42" Enclosure, along with 4x the slimline CAT6 patch panels designed for them (32 ports total), and an 8-port telco module. I can get all this for about $400 incl. GST from computerstore.co.nz which is obviously quite a bit cheaper.

So I was wondering if anyone has experience with these patch panels? Do they work well, or would you recommend something else? If so, what, and where can I have a look at it? I'm willing to look at any option that will save me money. :-)

Thanks for any insights you can give.

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  Reply # 846420 27-Jun-2013 20:47
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What is your goal?

If you're simply after a structured cabling solution patch everything down to a regular patch panel and use a telco module if you want to easily patch phone jacks to the home, or if you're after a cheaper option simply patch down your incoming line from a BT jack (which becomes your demarc point) and loop it through the last 4 ports on the patch panel. You can then fit a master filter after the jack and have a 5th port on the patch panel for xDSL to it can be oatched across if needed, or leave the modem in the cabinet.





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  Reply # 846424 27-Jun-2013 21:01
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Good ideas about the telco stuff, thanks for that. I really feel that I'll only want one or two phone outlets tops, so I think I will drop the 8-port telco module in favour of a BT jack and wiring straight into a couple of spare ports on the patch panels.

Other than that, the actual implementation is not really an issue, as I've done network setup numerous times before. It's really just the quality of the Dynamix stuff I'm interested in. I've been out of the industry for a while, so I'm not familiar with what's around right now.

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  Reply # 846461 27-Jun-2013 22:16
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Dynamix is good as gold. It is the go to product for installs that need to be done well and on a budget.
We only use the 'branded' products on jobs that need to be certified by the manufacturer.



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  Reply # 846462 27-Jun-2013 22:17
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Awesome - thanks for that. :-)

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  Reply # 847186 29-Jun-2013 17:10
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Dynamix wall plates are a bit ugly, but no issues with their patch gear etc. And I prefered their surface mount patch to the overpriced hubbel that I got from russells for work.




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  Reply # 847191 29-Jun-2013 17:31
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Yeah, I agree with the wall plates being ugly. I've got a couple in our current house.

Thankfully the electrician is doing all them, so they'll be PDL. Not quite as nice as we might like, but we're unwilling to spend the $2,500 required to upgrade the whole house to some "fancy" wall plates.

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  Reply # 847201 29-Jun-2013 18:08
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^^^

I reckon that the PDLs look better with metal cover plates. I got my whole house done with stainless steel covers.




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  Reply # 847202 29-Jun-2013 18:14
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So long as they really are stainless. I tried putting my "stainless" HPM ones from the kitchen thru the dishwasher, and they are not stainless, they are some aluminium with a coating, which comes off in the dishwasher. Im not that keen on the PDL's how they have the little bit of plastic showing between the rockers on the switches, Ruins the aesthetic IMO.




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  Reply # 847203 29-Jun-2013 18:17
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richms: So long as they really are stainless. I tried putting my "stainless" HPM ones from the kitchen thru the dishwasher, and they are not stainless, they are some aluminium with a coating, which comes off in the dishwasher. Im not that keen on the PDL's how they have the little bit of plastic showing between the rockers on the switches, Ruins the aesthetic IMO.


Funny that you should mention that. The PDL covers used to be made of stainless steel, but now they're aluminum. I presume to save a bit of coin. Money Mouth




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tarlen: Good ideas about the telco stuff, thanks for that. I really feel that I'll only want one or two phone outlets tops, so I think I will drop the 8-port telco module in favour of a BT jack and wiring straight into a couple of spare ports on the patch panels.

Other than that, the actual implementation is not really an issue, as I've done network setup numerous times before. It's really just the quality of the Dynamix stuff I'm interested in. I've been out of the industry for a while, so I'm not familiar with what's around right now.

:-)

Don't need to use a BT jack, its just normally whats there and has the advantage that it obviously has to be for phone line so no confusion. The purpose of having a separate jack patched into a splitter and common phone ports on the panel is that if theres a fault then its easy to pull the cable out of the patch panel, and test your modem or phone directly on the incoming line.

When you switch over to fibre and/or VoIP, you just plug in that same cable to the VoIP output of your router instead of the incoming telecom line.




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  Reply # 850125 6-Jul-2013 15:19
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I'm using their enclosure, uhf amp with FM trap and a 6 port telco module... All good. Just works.. Affordable.




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  Reply # 851141 8-Jul-2013 19:17
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What brand of gear did he quote for $1500?

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