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Friday, May 8, 2015

adding a rack, more jacks and cleaning up a network

Another BEFORE

5 jacks in a 6 hole plate.
Hole was opened/closed back by electrician.

Hole to bring wire from 1st floor to 2nd floor.
I installed blank cover for future access. 

Opening in ceiling 2nd floor just above network room on 1st floor.
I added a blank plate for future access. 

I added an access panel door, and left a spare in the ceiling. 

Emptied out the network closet.

New rack installed, and everything patched in.

Blue jacks are new runs.
Black wires come from wall mounted patch panels.

Another angle of the completed network rack.

Yet another angle of completed network,

Yet one more angle of completed network.

This is why I like doing this after hours,
my tool bags can get messy

This is my mess,

Don't worry I cleaned up best I could after I took this pic.

Small network installation

I made a small network in a store. I mounted everything high above their shelfs, as to save as much space for their inventory. I mounted the switch and router above the panel. The routers are on a shelf below.
Panel switch and router.

Useful tools

Working on your own most of the time, anything that you can do to increase your productivity is a good thing. Generally I love tools that can do more than one thing to reduce the weight of my bag, by carrying less, these tools are excellent productivity boosters. 
Punch down tools
ICC has a punch down tool that will punch down 8 pairs at a time on a patch panel, as well as a tool that will punch all 8 pairs on CAT5 insert jacks (including HD, High Density jacks)
Wiremapping and testing tool. 
Klein tools has a wiremap tool with multiple "remotes" so that you can label jacks faster. This tool will also test that wiring is terminated properly, and measure cable length. 

Installing IP door phone

We have never flush mounted these "new" IP door phones that we have been testing out. The bracket does not seem to have any mounting hardware to flush mount.
Using a ball chain to snake the wire behind the wall.
I made my first cut in the sheetrock straight down the wall flush with a beam so that I might have something to screw the bracket to if needed. 
Snaking the wire down the wall. 
I then used the mount as a template to trace out and cut the hole. Once the hole was cut it was a very snug fit and there was actually no need to screw the mount to anything. 
Installing wall mount for IP door phone
I must say I am quite satisfied with the visual of this device, although we had installed two of these for this customer, and both of them ended up failing within several months. 
Final product.
I have not been back to troubleshoot any issues with the second one, but the first one apparently has one way audio issues, which I believe to be a hardware failure, not a software issue. The person at the door phone can not hear the person who answers the phone, but the person who answers the phone can hear the person that is at the door. 

The second defective unit I do not know exactly what the issue is. 

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