Ever since we bought the house, last year, I’ve been planning to run wired network to the living room TV and media center β€” it’s time to finally get that done πŸ™‚

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The plan

Our TV and media center is located by the wall towards the basement stairwell (the layout below doesn’t accurately show item placements in the rooms). It’s a pretty thick wall, as it has the original timber from when the house was first built β€” back in 1890.

Floor layout of the 1st floor, conduit marked in red

Alongside the basement stairwell, towards the living room and outer wall, there are wooden beams placed on the concrete foundation.

Wooden beam on concrete foundation

This creates a cavity behind the wooden beams, perfect for hiding conduits πŸ™‚ There is also an air gap between the wall in the basement stairwell, and the old timber in the living room wall. So the conduit can be completely hidden πŸ‘

Drilling

73 mm hole in living room wall

I started by drilling a 73 mm hole in the living room wall, for the multi box. Here we can see the outer layer of drywall, the old inner wall, and the timber from 1890.

Multi box in wall, next to TV bench

Luckily; the opening was deep enough to fit the multi box, without hitting the timber.

Drilled 22 mm hole

Next I drilled a 22 mm hole in the center of the opening, angled downwards.

20 mm conduit in basement stairwell cavity

I pushed a 20 mm flexible conduit through to test β€” and it appeared in the cavity around the basement stairwell πŸ™‚

The conduit

Multiple conduits in basement stairwell cavity

I pushed the conduit through from the living room, running it alongside some other conduits in the basement stairwell cavity.

Loose conduits in basement stairwell

I wasn’t sure how to continue the conduits after they came out behind the wooden beam, so I just left them poking out while I spent some time thinking about a solution.

ELKO multi box installed

In the meantime; I installed the ELKO multi box.

Cable channel in basement stairwell

After some consideration β€” I found that the best way to end the conduits, and make it look neat, was to use a cable channel. The channel I got was 110 mm wide, and 40 mm deep.

There are multiple conduits coming out from behind the wooden beam; as I was working on multiple network runs at the same time πŸ™‚ The others will be explained in future posts.
Cut out in cable channel, for existing conduits

I had to cut out a piece of the channel to fit two existing conduits carrying mains power cables.

Cut out in cable channel, for cables to exit

In the other end of the channel I cut out a rounded square for the network cables to exit. I also filed a groove in the batten below to avoid kinking the cables (too much).

The cables

With the conduit done β€” it was time to pull, or rather; push, some CAT6 cables πŸ™‚

Three CAT6 cables with keystone jacks

The 20 mm flexible conduit can fit three CAT6 cables. It might be difficult with longer runs, but I only had about 2.5 meters of conduit, and pushed the three cables through without any issues.

I terminated them with tool-free keystone jacks.

CAT6 cable in cable channel

The CAT6 cables exit the conduit inside the cable channel, leaving the conduit invisible πŸ™‚

CAT6 cables exiting cable channel

Exiting the cable channel; they join up with the more CAT6 cables β€” running along the basement ceiling and into my home office.

CAT6 cables with keystone jacks, in home office

In the home office; I terminated the cables with more tool-free keystone jacks…

Testing cable with Fluke MicroScanner

…and tested them with my Fluke MicroScanner.

CAT6 keystones mounted in ELKO wall plate

After making sure all cables and terminations were OK, I mounted the keystone jacks in the ELKO wall plate.

Network outlet in living room complete

Then pushed the excess cable back into the conduit, fastened the wall plate in the multi box, and attached the front cover. For patch cables I’m using black Deltaco high flex CAT6 cables.

Keystone jacks mounted in homelab patch panel

Lastly β€” on the home office end; I clicked the keystone jacks into my patch panel.

Done!

TV bench in living room

Our TV and Shield media player are now wired up to the network, before they were both on Wi-Fi. I can’t really say that we notice much difference, even playing 4K movies hasn’t been an issue using the Wi-Fi.

The Unifi UAP-AC-Pro in the hallway is fairly close to both devices, so they did have excellent 5 GHz signal. Except for a few occasions where the TV insisted on connecting to the outside access point, on the other side of the house.

But there is just something intensely gratifying about running network cables and wiring up devices β€” maybe it’s just me πŸ™‚

Having ran three CAT6 cables I have one outlet to spare β€” I’d like to keep the TV bench clean and avoid having a switch there, if I can.