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You considering a rack, for equipment? What cables would be patched, besides LAN? In my mechanical room, I have a rack, and an enclosure for LAN (modem, router, switch, patch panels). My speaker cables go straight to the rack (from the ceiling), and category cables for in-wall keypads go straight to the rack (unpatched), also from the ceiling. All my LAN drops are patched, and the plan is to patch all unused category cables in the enclosure (I ran lots of extras).
So, running from the enclosure to the rack I have: category cables for LAN, and nothing else (that I recall). Oh - the enclosure outlet is run to a rack UPS, using a Midlite male outlet - so it's not a direct run, just an extra power cord running from the wall to the rack. I'll add a switch to the rack, so that I'll have a single LAN cable supplying the rack.
My KP category cables and speaker 14/4 cables drop from the ceiling to the rack, 2 bundles. I'll add the LAN run (from the enclosure) to the KP bundle.
1-2 bundles extending from the ceiling or a nearby wall can look pretty clean, especially if inside conduit. When I need to use the category cables patched in the enclosure for something else in the rack (IR or 232 control), I'll add them to the existing bundle, exiting the enclosure from a top, bottom, or side knockout, and joining the existing bundle above the [future] ceiling.
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