So im about to be wiring up cat6 around my house. Probably around 8 lines, and 3 drops total (leaving to floating for Cameras for outdoor).
So I have 2 Spots Im debating on, both in my office. One would be right next to the Cable Modem, which is convenient, however the Joists above it don't leave much room:
https://imgur.com/a/DL3iHSN (The spot would be above the white pipe, somewhere closer to the black coax cables going down).
Pro's to this Spot:
- It has a Beam going Vertically that would be a great spot to mount the cables to
- It's right next to an outlet and the coax outlet
- Not a lot of real estate above the wall where it would go (As you can see venting is right above it too.
- Everything would be out in the open in the office (Going to be having a kid so this is more scary
The other option is in the Closet within the office:
https://imgur.com/a/t4Mba5g (Where the small brown/white wire is coming out, the joist next to it is where i'd drill down)
- Hidden away in the closet which keeps it less cluttered in my office
- Very open spot around the area for drilling/cables, actually closer to the drops I'll be doing.
- More protected from a wandering kid. And probably better for resale (I'll have a cable passthrough which won't look bad...but still
- As I expand my gear it's less of a problem as far as clutter (Since it'll all be in the closet)
- No outlets in the closet, and running them seems pointless and would need to pay someone
- Because of the above i'll need to run 2 cables out of the closet door (Which is not far, maybe 10 feet total to the coax cable and outlet (Any suggestions on hiding it?)
- No vertical beam to attach to (Which isn't THAT big of a deal, but I could always just create some sort of makeshift beam I suppose too, suggestions?)
Any ideas? Im leaning towards the closet, since it'll just be less messy, but I hate the idea of 2 cables coming out the closet door.
Sidenote: Any suggestion for how big of a hole I should drill for 8+ cables to be going into? (I don't want to mess with the structural integrity of the house)