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Topic # 146746 28-May-2014 08:51
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So in looking at many open homes, I tend to wonder how I'd wire them up if we bought it.

A couple or 2 level, and the first thing I check out is under the stairs, which would be ideal for a patch panel, switch, UPS and my large tower computer.

But a latest one is a single level without an obvious storage cupboard that could house a patch panel and associated.

So for this particular house, there's a large non attached garage at the rear of the property.  Would this be the location for patch panel and computers etc?  I'd need to add an access point or two in the house but this doesn't concern me....what does it how would I get all the wiring from the house to the garage.

Would it be a case of laying a 100mm conduit in the ground with all the known cables?

Or could the roof be used?  Maybe computers in the garage, and the patch panel and main switch in the roof?  Again same question wouldn't this require a fairly large conduit to be run vertically in a wall somewhere to pull cables?

The third option is to co-opt a room or a wardrobe.  But I'd prefer not to.





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  Reply # 1054995 28-May-2014 12:36
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If you are going to cable underground you will need to use either gel-filled cable or dry undergound-rated cable. So you either get filthy hands and tools when terminating the gel-filled; or you drill enormous holes for dry outdoor cable. Gel-filled cable is the worst thing in the world and should be avoided at all costs IMO. Functionally there is nothing wrong with it, but it just sucks so bad working with it.

I would do all in your power to find a spot inside. Is there a laundry? I would suggest building a small cabinet somewhere. I built cupboards under a bench in the laundry and have plenty of room for a 6RU open-frame, server, audio gear etc.

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  Reply # 1055329 28-May-2014 18:22
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What about in the roof cavity? I built a box in my roof between the W shaped roofing joists and even put a tin roof on it, just in case. I also have a UPS up there too. It's been running for 2.5 years now and has not ever needed a reboot, though I did power off a few months back to swap the UPS for a lower rated one. It's great for switching, however I wouldn't put  server up there, as the summer months would prove too tough. My server sits in my gun cupboard. Easiest patch job ever. Staple gun with a good supply of U staples will be your best friend (c8



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  Reply # 1055341 28-May-2014 18:44
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How did you get the wires to the roof through a cupboard or down through the walls?




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  Reply # 1055342 28-May-2014 18:44
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I used the spare bedroom wardrobe.
Ethernet runs over the roof as my house 2 story, Concrete pad and no room between floors.




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  Reply # 1055437 28-May-2014 20:31
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davidcole: How did you get the wires to the roof through a cupboard or down through the walls?


I ran the wires in some ducting I'd installed above the skirting board, through a framing joist and into a cupboard. It looks pretty neat and better than having all of the crap on the floor. I have 2 x 1000Mb/s Network switches and one wireless transceiver. Works well.

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  Reply # 1055438 28-May-2014 20:32
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cdrnet:
davidcole: How did you get the wires to the roof through a cupboard or down through the walls?


I ran the wires in some ducting I'd installed above the skirting board, through a framing joist and into a cupboard. It looks pretty neat and better than having all of the crap on the floor. I have 2 x 1000Mb/s Network switches and one wireless transceiver. Works well.


I've had that issue before. Out through the wall and then back in through the wall was my solution. Damaged the drainpipe first time around, but the wiring was nicely hidden.

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