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Pass-Through Network Jack Wall Wiring?

Pass-Through Network Jack Wall Wiring?

Pass-Through Network Jack Wall Wiring?

I'm not really a wiring guy, but I have a client that needs me to basically help with putting in a few pass-through network jacks in walls that are being put up currently. So that you can plug a network cable into each side of the wall (in the jack) and it allows the network signal to pass through - there's probably a better name for this but I'm not sure what it is. The wall is open right now (at least one side of it is I believe) and so there are just metal studs there right now (again, I think that's what they are called).

When I was last there I saw them attaching some sort of small boxes to the metal studs near the bottom and presumably this is where they are going to create electrical outlets.

The issue I'm having is that since the only thing that's going to be holding up the very small amount of network cable (that is going in between the wall) is the jack itself (and faceplate), I presumably need something like those small boxes they are attaching for the electrical outlets so that I have something to screw the faceplate (and attached jack and network cable inside the wall) into.

Otherwise, I'd probably have to wait for them to finish putting up both sides of the wall, drill a hole on either side, and then thread in the network cable, attach it to the jack and faceplate, and then screw the faceplate into the drywall itself - seems like there must be some easier way to do this when the wall is open (or partially open) - just like with the electrical outlets.

Any help/ideas? Or is this the kind of thing you have to just do when the wall is closed up so you can screw into the drywall?


RE: Pass-Through Network Jack Wall Wiring?

Using an 8-pin modular pass-thru (more exact terminology) implies a modular plug inside the wall - which would be VERY unusual. The only way that I'd even consider this is if situation allowed pre-manufactured patch cords to be run thru the wall cavities. I cannot stress enough how bad of an idea it would be to crimp modular plugs onto standard cat-5 cable, and then use pass-thru connections.

Indeed, while the wall is open, install back boxes or drywall rings. If fishing the wall will be involved, be sure there is a path to accessible ceiling and leave a string in the wall for pulling purposes.

Mike Forrence

RE: Pass-Through Network Jack Wall Wiring?

Standard for this is a faceplate with keystone jacks that snap into them. You can also get adapters plates that look like the top 1/2 " of one of the boxes with mounting holes for the faceplate screws. You can get faceplates for 2, 4, or 6 jacks.




Ed Fair
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RE: Pass-Through Network Jack Wall Wiring?

Run new cables

RE: Pass-Through Network Jack Wall Wiring?

Network cables as passthrough sounds dodgy and I would not do it if a customer pays me for it.
I am with Grandpa Tech on this as the only viable solution.

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Run new cables

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