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Topic # 226008 15-Dec-2017 09:35
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Whats a good reliable switch i can put in my roof? I already use a number of dlink 8 port switches so was considering adding one more to the mix due to how everything is wired


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  Reply # 1920028 15-Dec-2017 09:39
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My honest answer to that is none.

 

Putting a switch in a roof space is wrong for two primary reasons - one being that heat kills electronics and your roof space could easily get to 70+ degrees in summer. Secondly when above said switch fails you then have to climb into the roof. Cascading switches is also a recipe for disaster when it comes to network design.

 

Unless you need a managed switch IMHO a switch is a switch - there is very little difference between brands so I don't have any recommendations because a $20 unmanaged switch will do exactly the same as a $100 one and it comes down to finding something that meets your requirements when it comes to form factor and ports.

 

 

 

 




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  Reply # 1920042 15-Dec-2017 09:59
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The problem i have is that i cannot draw cable to ceiling mount my wireless access point. The alternatives i have is split existing cabling in the roof and use a switch to extract a cable to use for the wap or wall mount the access point but the Ethernet jack is not in the ideal place.


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  Reply # 1920082 15-Dec-2017 11:02
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The problem i have is that i cannot draw cable to ceiling mount my wireless access point. The alternatives i have is split existing cabling in the roof and use a switch to extract a cable to use for the wap or wall mount the access point but the Ethernet jack is not in the ideal place.

 

 

If there's cable in the roof space already I'd have though it would be possible to run more cables. Even if that means attaching a draw wire to an existing cable  and pulling it back then pulling two cables with the draw wire. 





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  Reply # 1920086 15-Dec-2017 11:13
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some WAP's have 2 Ethernet connections...


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  Reply # 1920089 15-Dec-2017 11:21
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t0ny:

 

The problem i have is that i cannot draw cable to ceiling mount my wireless access point. The alternatives i have is split existing cabling in the roof and use a switch to extract a cable to use for the wap or wall mount the access point but the Ethernet jack is not in the ideal place.

 

 

If there's cable in the roof space already I'd have though it would be possible to run more cables. Even if that means attaching a draw wire to an existing cable  and pulling it back then pulling two cables with the draw wire. 

 

 

 

 

Been to a few callouts in my time as a domestic sparkie of people who thought they could just draw more up the wall and ended up with losing it in the middle..
 You need a lot of slack on the existing draw cable as you do not want and one end to go into the wall cavity as if it does you're buggered.

 

 





 


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  Reply # 1920105 15-Dec-2017 11:43
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My home alarm is in the ceiling cavity, has been fine for a few years. I've had a $10 timer from bunnings up there a few years for something else, the screen failed recently but the rest was working.

 

Just buy a cheap one, put it up there, and maybe try to seal it in a box if it's dusty. Just accept it will die at some point and if it's critical keep a hot spare.





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  Reply # 1920108 15-Dec-2017 11:49
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It will cook in the ceiling.





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  Reply # 1920110 15-Dec-2017 11:51
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If you can use an AP with dual LAN ports (i.e. UniFi AC Pro) like Jase said is probably the tidiest option

 

 


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  Reply # 1920132 15-Dec-2017 12:06
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Maybe get a switch that is powered by POE so you don't need to run a ppwer supply in the roof sapce


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  Reply # 1921601 19-Dec-2017 08:33
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If you must put it in the ceiling build a box or create one and place insulation over it but keep the bottom of the box without insulation, if possible let aura in from the room below and a small vent to the ceiling space, in other words creat a small room below the insulation line, but let cold air move from below to above.

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