I thought I would share my current rack progess, which is actually just a small portion of my overall home wiring project.
In keeping with the spirit of the thread, I bring pictures to the party.Goals:
The overall goal for the home wiring project is to relocate all network, satelite and home theatre equipment into a central wiring closet for ease of distribution, overall cleaner living space (I'm finally past the LOTS OF BLACK BOXES phase in my life). I also wanted to the ability to centrally manage all of the network runs and had tired of having a pile of network odds and ends hanging off my desk and onto the floor of my office. I also wanted the ability to have network connections available at any point in the house behind a television to allow for Roku box usage.
I also despise wireless and avoid it if at all possible.Scope:
31 Network Drops (CAT6)
RG6Q video distribution
Component Video runs (x3)
Optical Audio runs (x4)
Analogue Audio runs (x3 stereo)
7.2 Speaker Distribution + 2 channels for bass shakersEffort:
Pulling all of the wire took a couple of months of weekends/nights in order to work in the attic when it was tolerable. I did all of the work myself, finally putting an HTI+ certification to good use.
I'm using a Monoprice 12 space wall rack, one side set into studs for support. The RG6Q and CAT6 pulls come down inside the wall and exit via dual low-voltage passthrough plates. Tight fit. Terminating everything took MANY hours.True Story:
Every single CAT6 drop tested out perfectly the first time. Every.Single.One.
All of the coax is RG6 quad shield, which is more than a tad unweildy to work with. All of the runs terminate in a 24 port plate from Monoprice, in which I have F-type coax keystone inserts. This allows me to bring the outside satelite "in" from outside and run it to any room in the house that I want.
I'm using two CAT6 patchbays from Monoprice, one 24 port and another 12 port as I found I was being too conservative in my drop-count.
Here is a close-up of the rack. I'm using a 24-port Netgear gigabit switch, which I got for an excellent price + rebate card.
The blue network patch is temporary. Eventually all connections between the switch and the patchbays will be done with 2 ft CAT6 patches.
The two empty spaces will house a single rack shelf and a rack-mount UPS from Cyberpower. The rack shelf will have my cable modem and Gigabit router affixed via double-sided tape. Everything plugs into the UPS, which itself plugs into the new 15-amp circuit pulled to the top of the closet. (visible in some pictures).
That takes care of the top of the closet.
The bottom of the closet will eventually house a 42 space rack for the actual home theatre equipment, NAS box and power protection devices. All will either be rackmount devices, or will be seated on rackmount shelves. This rack will be on casters to allow for ease of access to be back of the equipment.
I've already pulled all of the video and speaker connections which can be seen in the next photos.
Apologies for the mess.
The plate on the left-hand of these photos actually terminates just above on the wall rack. I wanted to avoid having wires running down the wall from one rack to the other for as clean a look as possible.
These photos do not show the HDMI runs (35 ft each), for which I used Monoprice silver-plated 22g HDMI wire.
As soon as the rack is completed (I am building it to a custom depth for this closet) I will post additional photos.