Having almost forgotten until it's too late (polyfoam walling is going
up on Sunday in the garage), I went out and bought a load of Ethernet
cable to wire up the garage.
I know that the wall sockets I want to use will effectively just screw
into normal backboxes etc. But are there any requirements/best
practices about the height of the ethernet sockets?
I was thinking 'same height as power sockets', but with the cabling
running somewhat nearer the floor, to keep interference at a minimum,
just rising to the outlet vertically. That said, if I then wanted to
mount my Ethernet socket in-between my power sockets, I'm going to
have a 2.5mm ring cable passing the rear of my Ethernet socket, as the
power circuit runs horizontally between sockets on the same wall.
I'd place them wherever is easiest for you. If you're not going to be
unplugging and plugging cables in they can be discreet and out of sight ...
if you need regular access then make them easy to get at.
I've never experienced any problems with interference from electrical cable
sharing the same trunking as Ethernet. If you look at most modern offices
they tend to have trunking around the office walls just above desk height
with electric, computer and telecommunication sockets.
If you'd seen the spaghetti under our false floor at work you'd never
worry about cross-talk again.
Big heaps of mixed cables scattered all over the place, and no problems
Or at least there weren't until the aircon dumped all its cooling water
over it all. 40 grand of damage...
I must admit, I had seen the spaghetti at work before, but then again, the
network is so dire there, that I doubt performance was their main goal.
Anyway, I have now wired at the same height and alongside the ring cable.
Much neater, and with the 400mm saving I made on one length (with no
vertical risers), it let me use a bit of cable that would otherwise have
gone to waste.
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