I''m a tru newbie to electrical wiring so please humor me here...I have
an RJ45 cable hanging from the hallway ceiling on the main floor of my
house (it's the center of the house and will cover the entire house
with a wireless acess point signal). Problem is...when the wiring was
run i forgot to put a power receptacle in the ceiling for the wireless
router. There is however, a hallway ceiling light about 2 ft away from
the access point,,,can I tap into this light to get power for the
access point? If so, how would I go about doing it?
thanks a bunch
There may only be power at the light when it is turned on. If you take down
the fixture and find more than two wires in the ceiling box, it is possible
you have a feed in the box, which could be tapped for an outlet.
Well, the hole in the ceiling where the RJ45 is coming from can be
slightly expanded and the receptacle can be placed hidden in the
ceiling. The access point will cover the whole when mounted...The
access point hanging from the ceiling is a first but it's the best
place for full coverage.
First, you better hope you can tap a constant power from that ceiling
fixture. It depends how it is wired. Or you have to keep the fixture
switched on all the time. Or you can modifiy the wiring bypassing the
switch. But it depends whether you need the light or not. There are many
possibilities. There is a way where there is a will. Nothing is impossible.
Good luck and don't get zapped.
should work just fine - And when your ISP asks you to "recycle the
access point" you can just hit the switch.
Don't forget that there are "radio activated" outlets.
You could (if needed) bypass the on-off switch so that the new
recepticle is "always on".
Then plug the ceiling light into the new recepticle through one of the
This would give you:
1) Continuous to the WAP
2) switchable ceiling light
Use Power-Over-Ethernet instead. That way you supply power to the access
point over the Cat-5 cable instead. Many Wifi access points support POE but
you'd do well to check before you buy. Don't bother trying to stuff the
power supply wall wart up into the ceiling.
You do NOT need a PoE switch or router....those are typically used in a
comercial environment for mass quantities of PoE devices (ie phones, ap's
etc). For a single installation like this you would use a power injector,
available from many manufacturers including Linksys and Netgear. Heck, you
could even make your own!
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