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I am wiring my house for audio, video, automation, etc. I am thinking about trying termination blocks. What do you like to use for these applications regarding terminal blocks? I'll have Cat5e, coax, speaker wire, etc.

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You mean patch panels.

Terminal blocks might be useful for patching audio - I suggest barrier/Buchanan terminal blocks for this purpose.

For patching category cables, you'd use a category cable patch block.

Try searching using patch + block or patch + panel.

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Thanks. If you know of some links to items for sale, that would help too. A picture is worth a few dozen words?
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Oh. What about for telephone/PBX?

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Will you use a low voltage enclosure, a wall mount rack, or a simple piece of plywood screwed to a few studs in a mechanical room?

There are a variety of options for patching phone lines (usually category cables), category cables for Ethernet, and audio (most people don't patch audio cables; the speaker cables are usually run straight to the amp or speaker selector box).

Patching adds a level of complexity that for some people isn't necessary; running category cables for ethernet, from each room, straight to the switch is common. A patch panel allows for easier changes to a configuration - not common in a residential setting.

Leviton, and many other manufacturers, have removed the complexity of 110 blocks for phone category cables in the mechanical room, and replaced them with simple modules/brackets. These devices can be easily snapped into the perforated back of a low voltage enclosure. Spend some time searching online, and visit the low voltage aisle of Home Depot or Lowes to see what's available.

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monoprice, parts express, markertek, and there are others. If you want something simple, use the Leviton panels.
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Ok. Thanks for the information. I will look for the low voltage panels and see if I get some ideas from those. I don't yet know if I will really need these panels, so we'll see.

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That Leviton phone module/bracket, detailed above, is not a patch panel; it's for connecting all your phone cables to a single (or multiple) incoming lines. You'll need something like that, if you want landline phones.

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