Structured Cable at Home

I’ve been a bit slack with my blog lately, partly because in October we bought our first house so that’s been taking up a lot of my time. It’s a good solid 1950’s house but VERY original so it needs a LOT of work.


Me plastering the back room getting it ready for painting.

From network engineer to home handyman / plasterer / carpenter! Don’t worry though I’ve got my priorities straight! Structured cabling and network cupboard is almost complete. I’m quite pleased with how it’s turned out so decided to put up some photos.

Complete Far

Complete Close


Cables come up from under the floor into the wall cavity

Fortunately there was a little wee open-cupboard off the hall. It’s a good central point to run all the cables back to. I’ve installed a total of 16 network ports. 6 in the lounge, 2 the dining room and 2 in each of the four bedrooms. The cable is CAT6 and is all run under the floor. I’ve created 3 channels by running 30mm thick strips of pre-dressed pine from top to bottom of the cupboard.

Cables from wall cavity


Left channel with bottom capping section installed

The left channel carries the CAT6 up from the floor to the patch panel. It is also used to carry alarm wires down from the ceiling. It has notches which accommodate 3.5mm plywood capping. The right channel is also capped and will be used for carrying power cables. The centre channel is left open and used for running cables between the shelves.


Patch panel, yet to be mounted and punched down.

Cables under floor

Cables under floor

Flush Box

PDL 8p8c Module

PDL 8p8c Module



Next step, get rid of that wallpaper!!!! But like I say, priorities!

Next step, get rid of that wallpaper!!!! But like I say, priorities!

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7 Responses to Structured Cable at Home

  1. furniture nz September 22, 2019 at 11:42 am #

    Thanks for sharing this information.

  2. Jon Bielby August 4, 2015 at 11:07 pm #

    What extra tools did you need to use for cutting through gib and drilling to the underfloor? Thinking of doing the same job at my place in Auckland too.

  3. Olivier April 26, 2011 at 11:15 am #

    “Next step, get rid of that wallpaper!!!! But like I say, priorities!” Looks like we have the same priorities, did the same in my flat from the 1960s.

    • RhysGoodwin April 26, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

      Good stuff Olivier. Yeah they don’t make them like they used to ay. We’re actually starting to get through the wall paper and painting now! Thanks for stopping by.


  4. Troy November 30, 2010 at 10:31 am #

    You and I are a lot alike. I’m in the process of the same stuff in my 1924 house.


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