Need advice for a wall-mounted patch panel for home network

Discussion in 'Windows Networking' started by BIOSMonkey, Jan 17, 2006.

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    BIOSMonkey Guest

    I am finishing my basement and need some advice about terminating the network
    feeds from around the house.

    I initially was going to bring them all into a square wiring box, but realized
    that since I would be actually making the connections via switches and routers
    that are outside the box (on shelves) the square panel is not really needed.

    What I am looking for is some sort of rack mountable patch panel that is 16"
    wide so it will go between the studs in the wall. The panel itself would
    slide/disconnect from the rack for wiring, but the rack itself mounts
    permanently between the studs so the drywall can be cut around it.

    Does something like this exist?
    BIOSMonkey, Jan 17, 2006
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    Mark Thomas Guest

    Not sure if I understand... you want a "rack" that mounts between
    studs, and a panel that mounts to the rack? Is there a reason you can't
    just surface-mount a panel?

    Perhaps you're talking about something like the FutureSmart panels?

    - Mark.
    Mark Thomas, Jan 17, 2006
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    J. Clarke Guest

    Cheap way would be to use a standard 19" patch panel and stand it on
    end--run some blocking to support it.
    J. Clarke, Jan 17, 2006
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    BruceR Guest

    Standard racks are 19" but you dont need one. Bring the cable into the
    stud bay and mount a piece of 3/4" plywood to one side of the studs
    using hinges. Cut out a 2 inch opening in the plywood and mount your
    110 block over it. Bring the cables in from the hole under the block
    and punch them down. You don't have to use a hinge - you could just
    mount the plywood with screws on both sides - but it makes it easy to
    get inside to access new runs.
    You can see how I did this using a door height peice of plywood at:

    BruceR, Jan 17, 2006
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    BIOSMonkey Guest

    Yes, this is exactly what I mean. The futuresmart panels, though, are very
    expensive and a little overkill. I just want something with 24 cat5e/6 jacks to
    connect from the wall to the switches.

    The only reason I wanted a rack is so that there is a box in the wall for the
    drywallers to cut around. I guess if I have to I'll just drywall it myself or
    build a wooden box. That would certainly be the most cost-effective.
    BIOSMonkey, Jan 17, 2006
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    BruceR Guest

    Check out They have some plain vanilla boxes that are
    priced a little better.

    BruceR, Jan 17, 2006
  7. The standard EIA rack sizes are 19" and 23". There has never been
    a 16" size that I know of.

    HOWEVER -- I faced this same issue at one time. I solved it by
    obtaining, through Graybar Electric, a wall-mounted mini-rack made by
    Homaco. It mounted neatly on 16" center studs, and provided a standard
    19" space to accommodate network wiring panels (and a small hub for a

    Look here for the Homaco wall racks.

    Happy hunting.

    Dr. Anton T. Squeegee, Director, Dutch Surrealist Plumbing Institute.
    (Known to some as Bruce Lane, ARS KC7GR,
    kyrrin (a/t) bluefeathertech[d=o=t]calm --
    "If Salvador Dali had owned a computer, would it have been equipped
    with surreal ports?"
    Dr. Anton T. Squeegee, Jan 18, 2006
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    CJT Guest

    If it were me, I'd probably wait until the drywall's in, then put in
    6x4-way low voltage wall plates with appropriate wiring. Total cost
    would be about a hundred bucks, almost all of it for the keystones.
    That is, assuming I understand what you're trying to accomplish.
    CJT, Jan 18, 2006
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    Al Dykes Guest

    These come in 8, 12, and 24 port sized. They surface mount, with 100
    punchdowns on the backside and RJ45 on the front. They would be easy
    to hang between studs. I've seen similar items at Home Depot.
    Al Dykes, Jan 18, 2006
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