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Old 08-31-2009, 08:29 PM   #1
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I will be wiring my whole house with jacks, mostly cat6 and phone. I'm looking for some tips on where to go to learn how to do this properly.

Here is what I understand from it but I want to make sure I'm on the right track.

first I'll need:

- bulk cable (obviously)
- "low voltage" gang boxes
- plates with square holes in them
- keystone jacks - now this is where I'm not sure, are these all standard, and will fit on any plate?
- patch panel - again, are the holes in these standard where I can remove/add my own keystone jacks? I want to do the phone through the patch panel as well.

Also what are tools I may need to do this? I'm thinking a drywall knife, and maybe some string to make fishing easier. I also have a very long bit, though I should probably get one that has a hole in it so I can tie my cables to right?
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Old 09-02-2009, 01:48 PM   #2
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- keystone jacks - now this is where I'm not sure, are these all standard, and will fit on any plate?
- patch panel - again, are the holes in these standard where I can remove/add my own keystone jacks? I want to do the phone through the patch panel as well.

Also what are tools I may need to do this? I'm thinking a drywall knife, and maybe some string to make fishing easier. I also have a very long bit, though I should probably get one that has a hole in it so I can tie my cables to right?
Tools: You're going to need a punch tool of some sort to connect the wire to the jacks and patch panel.. Drywall knife yes, and probably regular wall-fishing string, instead of just kite string of some sort; more durable if you have to pull another run.

Patch panel: You should be using a standard Belkin or Ortronics Cat5e or Cat6 patch panel, not something with keystone jacks in it. I wouldn't recommend it. Durability is kind of low.

In my experience keystone jacks in face plates tend to need to come from the same manufacturer. Some of them 'attach' in different ways.
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Old 09-03-2009, 06:21 AM   #3
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RS for your benefit, I would use only CSA /UL rated wire. There is a lot of cheap stuff out there, not rated.I woluld pass on that There are a few good electronics places in Mississauga for any and all tools, Just behind Dixie Auto Mall, at the 401. Try Sayal Electronics and their neighbours. Or go to Home depot. They've got some good tel tools now but for a one time install I would check the elelctronics stores for deals. If you can find one, there is a good line test kit which will check all your connections and crimps with LED readouts
Get a stud sensor with live circuit capability too.
When measuring your locations try to centre on line with existing boxes. You will look like a pro when you do. If your basement is open and you are single storey, you can fish most from below after locating the stud space. Drill at least 2" off center of stud from below. Cat 5 is pretty stiff on it's own when fishing upright 16" from basement. If it is a two story the norm is to get a path to the attic and drop down from there room by room.
When in doubt check, but our codes will generally allow fire or plenum rated (FT4 FT6) wire through a cold air return.
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Is this decent cable to use?

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...3695&CatId=434

Or should I be going more with something like this? (expensive!)
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...621&CatId=1612

The beauty with the plenum is being able to run through ducts if I really have to (probably wont need to).

Also what is a good brand to look for as far as face plates and keystones? I'm looking for something modular, so I can get say, a 4 hole plate and put a phone, 2 ethernets, and like cable TV. I may need different combination in different parts of the house.
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