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    Default I need help to install Cat 5

    I'm currently completely renovating my new (old) house and want to install Cat 5e (two runs) to each room from a central point. The reason I want to do this is simply to be able to access the internet from each room, but to also retain a phone point in each room. I want all sockets to be flush fitted and need to know what size back boxes, what size face plates, and what type of Cat 5e jacks (i think theyre called) I should be buying. Any other useful hints and tips would also be much appreciated. Thanks

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    Default Re: I need help to install Cat 5

    Hi, thanks for your response.

    It was this article that initially brought me to the site, and while its very helpful it doesnt actually give any advice on installation of the sockets themselves. Some sites that sell the face plates only sell american style (sized) sockets and others only sell the surface mounted stuff, and this is where I am struggling. I need flush fitting face plates (2 gang) that fit on a single back box, and I would also need to know what depth the back boxes should be.

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    There are a multitude of RJ45 sockets available on the market. We put the deepest boxes avasilable everywhere in our house (47mm). THis was easy as it was a new build.

    There are several "low profile" sockets available which fit in more normal, shallower boxes. I got one from www.maplin.co.uk There are also conventional and modular offering from all the usual suspects like MK and Clipsal.

    Your local Electrical Wholesaler should be able to provide you with a decent chose.

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    Default Re: I need help to install Cat 5

    I didn't realise they were available from the likes of maplin. Just checked their website and they have a good few to choose from, resonably priced too (sounds like Im on commission here).

    Thanks very much for your help

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    Let us know how you get on. Take some pics too if you get a chance, always nice to see other peoples installation

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    Default Re: I need help to install Cat 5

    Will do, however Im not due to start the installation untill the end of this month so you would have to wait until then.

    Thanks

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    As minimum I would use 25mm deep boxes, also spend the extra 2 to get a pack of rubber gromments (usually black - you'll wnat the 20mm diameter ones) use these where you knock the zinc coins out of the back box as it prevents chaffing.

    At the hub end, I have used a large adaptable PVC box from an electrical wholesaler (you can get most of the kit in these places and most take credit cards and switch or even cash!) A large 400mm x 300mm x 200mm box will accomodate a 12 way patch panel and is approx 20. Use "stuffing glands" at the hub where the cat5 cable enters the box. These are cheap (approx 60p each) and provide a very good seal and due the way they grip the cable they act as a strain releif just in case it is ever accidentlly pulled too hard.

    One thing to consider is if your going to sling the cable under the floor etc the shieled type is better. Also this allows the use of KVM extenders and VGA sinal to be put down a CAT5 line. The shield is needed in addition to the cores.

    Hope this helps. Also try ebay for a router, I picked up a Mentor four port one for 3 and it runs 4 PC's on a 1MB Ntl connection no problem. Manual is a little hard to follow due to translation from chinese etc, but can be worked out. You can also get some good RJ45 sockets on ebay for fair prices too!

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    IMO you should go for the mid piont between the 47 and 25mm boxes.

    47mm can be a bit deep, ideal if you have got lots of cable to hide, but depending on the thickness of your walls they could be to deep. The only other time 47mm is a must is with multi room audio systems and some light dimmers and they do need that extra depth.

    36mm should be fine.

    You should also be able to easily find a single gang frame to take both your BT and RJ45 socket. Either in Euro style 50x25mm modules or Mosaic 45x22.5mm modules.
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    Default Re: I need help to install Cat 5

    Replying to an old post I know but this footnote if you like might help someone searching the archive.

    The most number of modules you can fit in a 2-gang box is 4. The cabling for 4 modules is easily accomodated in a 25mm box. This includes leaving more than adequate length to pull the modules well clear of the wall to work on and for cutting back and reterminating later (in the unlikely event of needing to do so).

    If Cat5 is all you are terminating onto the faceplate I can't think why you may want to fit a deeper box. If you have to chiesel out breeze block to take the box it's bl**dy hard work so you don't want a deeper box than you really need.

    TLC Direct (various regional stores) is a great place for getting common cabling components. Very cheap - 1.50 GBP +VAT for a module versus 4.50 GBP at Maplin!

    http://www.tlc-direct.co.uk/Main_Ind...d_1/index.html

    This is a great mail order place, also cheap and very fast:

    http://network-cabling.co.uk/store/default.php

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