I have been bouncing around the idea of running CAT6 thru my older (1970s) house. Single story with an unfinished attic
I have identified a bedroom closet as the potential location for the central wiring location. The closet is on the outer wall of the house.
Rather than install a patch panel in the closet itself and have to deal with tidying up all of the resulting cables, I was toying with the idea of a wooden enclosure directly above the closet
Something along the lines of this http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S89046815/ With a pair of 6U rails to mount the patch panels. Rails would be mounted about 6" in on the client cable side and 9" in on the termination side
Nail some attic decking onto the joists and secure the enclosure onto the decking
Run all cables up into the attic Drill a 4" hole on the side of the enclosure to feed cables from wall jacks (or maybe drill a series of holes and just run smurf tube directly into the enclosure) Drill a 3" hole on the bottom and run a short length of PVC to feed the switch (24 port for now but possibly 48 later) or pass patch cables from router and VOIP up to the panel.
Would this raise any code violations?
Potential fire hazard maybe from terminating inside a wooden enclosure in the unfinished attic? Any structural code issues from putting this near the outer wall/studs.
Any other problems this might cause that I'm overlooking?