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liv_rong
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Posted - 10/16/2014 :  2:52:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello! Im glad I found this forum! I have a few questions in regards to my project.

We are adding a second floor addition to our home and I decided now would be a good time to wire up my house. My buddy, who works in this field, has helped me tremendously with helping me realize my vision. I feel bad bothering him all the time with questions so that's why I am here now. I have spent hours on google researching but still have a few last questions.

The space where everything will be housed is not very large and space is at a premium so I really would like compact and neat cable management. I would like to run each line in the wall into a keystone wall plate and then run a small length patch cable from there to each corresponding component. I now have a 12 port cat6 patch panel, a 16 port switch and an 8 port powered bi-directional distribution box for the rg6. For the rg6 I would like to also use right angle connectors/adapters to really keep those cables under control and out of the way. My audio background(I have a little recording set up)tells me that the shortest length cable run with minimal connections is best due to possible signal degradation. Is this also the case for this stuff? It seems it would be, but I dont know.

This is the last bit of details for my little diy project. Any advice or help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

stusviews
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Posted - 10/16/2014 :  3:10:12 PM  Show Profile  Visit stusviews's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The maximum length for Cat6 is 90 meters (328 feet) between the panel and the wall jack and 10 meters (33 feet) between the wall jack and the device.

I haven't found anything definitive for RG6, but most installers suggest no more that 60 meters (200 feet) total. A splitter reduces that even more.

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liv_rong
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Posted - 10/16/2014 :  5:33:28 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the quick reply!

I'm not concerned much about the length of runs as much as the amount of connections involved. Let me phrase it this way, should I just run the lines from the wall straight into the patch panel and rg6 distribution box? Or is it ok to run the lines in the wall to wall plates and then run small patch cables from there? If I do that will the right angle f type adapters degrade the signal? In fact could all of these additional connections and patch cables degrade the signals?
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stusviews
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Posted - 10/16/2014 :  6:55:46 PM  Show Profile  Visit stusviews's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I use several right angle adapters for Cat5/6, RG6/58 with no noticeable degradation in performance.

None of my runs exceed the total length I indicated except for one 15 meter (50 feet) Cat5 run between the keystone wall plate and the device. No problem there.

I also prefer a shorter run, where convenient. I do allow for "pulling out" the equipment.

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liv_rong
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Posted - 10/17/2014 :  1:44:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Cool. I'll do what I proposed then and have more connections and small patch cables unless anyone else can provide a sound argument against it.

Thanks much for the advice!
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liv_rong
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Posted - 02/04/2015 :  1:58:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Finished up with everything!









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EricK
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Posted - 02/07/2015 :  2:29:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Incredibly neat work, great job with this. I had to figure out what the Arris box is and that seams like a great device.
I would consider a ups for your equipment which you could tuck at the back of the shelf. Also thanks for posting your project, most people do not.
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liv_rong
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Posted - 02/15/2015 :  3:13:28 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by EricK

Incredibly neat work, great job with this. I had to figure out what the Arris box is and that seams like a great device.
I would consider a ups for your equipment which you could tuck at the back of the shelf. Also thanks for posting your project, most people do not.
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Thanks!
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