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    Default Modular Wallplates

    hello everyone

    i've almost finished installing a structured cabling system in my house, and am nearing the point where i need to consider the finishing touches, namely finding and deciding on the type of wall plates to install at the ends of each node.

    the cables i'm running are two CT100 cables for audio/video and two CAT5e cables for network and phone.
    i wish to terminate the CT100 cables using 75ohm female BNC sockets and the CAT5e cables using RJ45 sockets.

    i've looked a lot around the 'net for modular systems that will allow me to mix the connectors i want, but there's not much information on people's experience in the UK with these products. for instance:
    • - MK in the UK make a range of extremely flexible single- and double-gang faceplates that can be used on standard UK back boxes.
      - Belkin in the US offer a reasonable range of modular products, but their UK website doesn't appear to offer everything that the US one does.
      - Leviton seem very popular in the US.

    minor things like back boxes and where to source those seems to be an issue too: my local electrical wholesaler isn't likely to carry US style back boxes, for instance.

    i would be very grateful for feedback on people's experience in selecting, sourcing and installing modular wallplates in thier own home projects. any information on distributors or supplies would be helpful too.

    also, are there any building regulation issues in using US products in the uK?

    thanks
    paul clark
    (a.k.a. roland)

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    Default Re: Modular Wallplates

    Paul,

    I've just done this very same thing... I put two cat5's and 12 audio & video cables in a uk double gang face plate.

    How I hear you cry.... well I popped into BEW electrical and tried to purchase the MK modular stuff... "hmmm expensive" I was told, "why don't you try our own range". So I purchased: -

    1 Double gang modular face plate.
    2 Cat 5 modules
    and 4 half blanks.

    I then drilled the half blanks and put 3 gold phono sockets in each, then once mounted I just soldered the cables to the back of the phono's.

    The face plate, modules and blanks cost about £12 inc vat :-)

    The gold phonos cost about £25 for 12 off inc vat :-(

    Hope that helps & let me know if you want a picture?

    Regards
    Steve.

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    Guys,

    Might be a dim question but to make things easier couldn't you just run CAT5 and then use ballums to break out the audio/video?

    or check out http://www.kat5.tv they seem to do some funky face plates

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    Yes we could, but as the cable was free :-) I don't think i'd have gotten it any cheeper by doing that :lol:

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    My name is Kirsty Fuller and I am currently writing my third year dissertation project for the University of Gloucestershire on automated homes and whether - due to the slow development of the technology, considering the concept of it was developed in the fifties - whether it has an integral place in the average domestic home.

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    Default Re: Modular Wallplates

    Hi Roland / Paul

    Legrand Electric also offer a range that fit into a standard uk back box and white uk style faceplate.

    It is called Mosaic and any Legrand stocking electrical wholesaler should be able to get it for you.

    Have a look at www.electrika.com/legranduk/ and click on mosaic
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    Default Re: Modular Wallplates

    Steve have you got a pic of the end result sounds like just the job

    Paul

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    Paul,

    Here u go...

    Note it was a little tricky getting a close up at this time of night :-), I pulled some cables out so you could see the front plate better...





    Let me know if you want a better picture.

    Regards
    Steve.

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    No thats fine mate, a picture is worth a thousand words and I now know the path I will be following. Last time I modified a blank plate I found them to be a real pig. Thats a nice tidy job

    Cheers
    paul

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    Default Re: Modular Wallplates

    They are very nice and neat Steve.

    Paul, If you don't want to go through the hassel of building your own, I have a local guy who can get two phono /rca or speaker terminals onto a full width unit.

    No way near as dence as Steves, but he has them mounted on a 'ikle circuit board with screw down terminals on the rear rather than solder tags.

    Far easier to handle if you can't cope with a soldering iron!
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