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Topic # 179126 27-Aug-2015 13:59
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Hi all,
The last 8 months we extensively renovated and extended our house, adding on 55 square meters, and pretty much gutted the rest of the house (excluding kitchen & bathroom), so I took the opportunity to wire up the entire house for data, TV, and speakers in the lounge.

Thanks to sbiddle for the DIY structured cabling blog posts, and other users (e.g. tarlen, for feedback on dynamix enclosures).

Used most of a 305M roll of Cat6 cable, 150M roll of RG6 TV cable, and 150M roll of speaker cable (CL3 in wall rated), all Dynamix.
Enclosure is Dynamix too, 42", plus astandard 19" rack patch panel mounted vertically on HWS patch panel brackets, and the universal black plates to mount various items (and the white shelves I built).

Took some time terminating all the cables, but pleased with the result, as well as happy with the dynamix kit, all works well for a good price.
All of the work I managed to do myself, with my wife helping run the cables (while I crawled around trusses in roof space).

Plus got some spare room at the top of the cabinet which I may use for some home automation stuff in the future, perhaps some raspberry pi's talking to some sensors.
Cabinet is nicely tucked away in linen cupboard.

Only things left to do are tidy up the RG6 cables at top right of cabinet, and also a few of the cat6 cables need the slack pulled up from ceiling, so the cabinet door doesn't touch them when closed.

Photo below.
Yellow cables is the fibre connection.
Green cables going to Ubiquiti AP via POE
Red cable to NAS (Qnap can't fit inside enclosure, so is sitting on a shelf in cupboard)
Black cable connecting modem to switch
Blue cables to devices
And one grey cable from modem voip to outlet in house for standard phone (using rj12 - rj45 cables)

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  Reply # 1375217 27-Aug-2015 14:17
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This is a nice idea.

Looks awesome. I was thinking of getting myself a small server rack to house all of my equipment. But now that I have seen your cabinet I think this is by far a way better way of doing it. Its tidy, and most importantly I think the wife will approve. She won't even know its there....
Well done. Awesome job.

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  Reply # 1375278 27-Aug-2015 16:14
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Awesome. That is a seriously large cabinet - mine is maybe half the size.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1375282 27-Aug-2015 16:17
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Nice install - good work.

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  Reply # 1375340 27-Aug-2015 17:51
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Looks good!

The UFB installers always leave a really long fibre cable don't they!

What are you using for a switch? Is it just 8 port or more?

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  Reply # 1375371 27-Aug-2015 19:15
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Looks impressive.

What are the model numbers for the various components?
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  Reply # 1375373 27-Aug-2015 19:23
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Good job there. How many network outlets do you have in your house?

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  Reply # 1375389 27-Aug-2015 20:35
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Looks Nice! Nothing like a bit of Cable Porn to make the evening wink



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  Reply # 1375425 27-Aug-2015 21:37
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JWR:
Looks good!

The UFB installers always leave a really long fibre cable don't they!

What are you using for a switch? Is it just 8 port or more?


I specifically asked the UFB installers to leave plenty of cable (yellow pigtail cable) when they moved the ONT into the cabinet, to allow flexibility in the future for moving the ONT around the cabinet (e.g. to the top).

Switch is a D-Link DGS-1008P 8-Port Gigabit PoE switch. I use one of the PoE ports to power a grandstream voip phone in my home office. Unfortunately the Unifi AP doesn't power from these PoE ports, only via its own included injector.

afe66: Looks impressive.

What are the model numbers for the various components?
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Thanks, here are the components:

Dynamix 42" enclosure: HWS-4204V
Dynamix patch panel brackets: HWS-PPB
Dynamix 24 port 19" cat6 patch panel: PP-C6-24
Dynamix universal mounting brackets for HWS: HBK-1001
Dynamix cat6 patch cables
Huawei ONT (from UFF)
Netcomm NF4V ADSL/VSDL/Fibre Wifi Gigibit modem
D-Link DGS-1008P 8-Port Gigabit PoE switch
Ubiquiti UniFi AP
Matchmaster 8 Way TV splitter


DarthKermit: Good job there. How many network outlets do you have in your house?


All 24 ports of the patch panel are wired up to around the house, plus one extra port wired to Unifi AP in ceiling.

8 in the lounge (2 sets of 4, on different walls, to allow TV to moved)
4 in family/dining room (2 x 2)
4 in master (2 beside bed, 2 up high by wall mounted TV)
4 in 4th bedroom/home office
2 each in remaining 2 bedrooms


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  Reply # 1375557 28-Aug-2015 10:17
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Where are you Snowfly? PM me your address and I will send you a spare UBNT POE converter. It's a small inline box that converts from standards based POE to UBNT POE. Much smaller and doesn't require a power supply.

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  Reply # 1375566 28-Aug-2015 10:30
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Wow, nice idea with vertical layout. What's width of this cabinet?
Also, is it ventilated?



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  Reply # 1376286 30-Aug-2015 09:06
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Mattmannz: Where are you Snowfly? PM me your address and I will send you a spare UBNT POE converter. It's a small inline box that converts from standards based POE to UBNT POE. Much smaller and doesn't require a power supply.

Thanks, PM sent.

solival: Wow, nice idea with vertical layout. What's width of this cabinet?
Also, is it ventilated?


This is the cabinet: http://dynamix.co.nz/productimages/pdfs/hwsx.pdf
Vented door, and 362mm wide.


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  Reply # 1376296 30-Aug-2015 09:22
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Whereabouts in your house is your cabinet located?



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  Reply # 1376305 30-Aug-2015 09:27
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DarthKermit: Whereabouts in your house is your cabinet located?

Inside a new linen cupboard that we built, handy as it was close to a central point in the house, easy for running cables back to.
See red mark in photo below:
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  Reply # 1376360 30-Aug-2015 11:30
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Great location and out of the way meaning operation as linen cupboard not affected. Great stuff.




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  Reply # 1376511 30-Aug-2015 18:09
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Good to see you did the smart thing and left extra space for future options! laughing




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