The first network run I did in this house β€” was to the hallway access point. It ran along the basement stairwell ceiling, through the basement, and into the home office.

Since I’m already running hidden network cables in the same area, I figured why not hide this one as well πŸ™‚

Invisible cables are the best kind of cables!

Table of contents

The plan

I explained in a previous post; how there is a cavity alongside the basement stairwell, and that the wall towards the living room is hollow.

Floor layout of the 1st floor, conduit marked in red, access point is the red dot

This made it very easy to hide the open CAT6 cable going to the hallway access point inside the wall, together with my other network runs πŸ™‚

Drilling

73 mm hole in basement stairwell wall

I started by making a 73 mm hole in the basement stairwell wall.

73 mm hole, very close to stud

It ended up being very close to the right side stud, a bit too close. But I was able to remove some material, just enough for the metal brackets on the multi box to get a grip.

The conduit

16 mm conduit, drill bit, multi box and conduit couplings

Since I was just running a single CAT6 cable, I got a spool of 16 mm flexible conduit.

Conduit sticking out of 73 mm hole

I ran the conduit down the hole, inside the wall…

Conduits in cavity alongside the basement stairwell

…then into the cavity that goes alongside the basement stairwell.

Conduits in cavity alongside the basement stairwell

Joining conduits from other network runs.

Cable channel, conduits coming out from behind wodden beam

They all end up in the cable channel I installed earlier.

Multi box attached to conduit

I attached the conduit in the multi box…

Multi box, with conduit, mounted in wall

…and mounted it in the 73 mm hole.

The cable

CAT6 cable taken down

I removed all the cable mounts, leaving the CAT6 cable hanging free.

Unifi AP mounting plate

Then I took down the access point, and cut off the RJ45 connector. Next I threaded the CAT6 cable through the opening in the cable channel, and pushed it through the conduit, until it appeared in the multi box.

CAT6 cables for living room and access point

On all my network runs I like to leave a decent service loop by the patch panel, and that was a good thing. The length through the conduit was about one meter longer than the previous run. But luckily; I had enough slack πŸ™‚

CAT6 with tool-free keystone jack

I terminated the CAT6 in the multi box, with a tool-free keystone jack β€” as I have in my previous network runs.

Bad kink in the CAT6 cable

Because the CAT6 cable comes in vertically in the multi box, it got badly kinked as I was trying to mount the wall plate. My other runs have had the conduits going straight out the back.

CAT6 terminated on krone block

So I cut the CAT6 again, and used a wall plate with krone connectors instead. This takes up a lot less space in the multi box…

Wall plate with krone connector

…so the cable didn’t get kinked this time πŸ™‚ I attached a zip tie to the cable, to prevent it from pulling on the connectors.

Fluke MicroScanner

I tested the cable and terminations, all good πŸ‘

CAT6 wall plate mounted

And mounted the wall plate in the multi box πŸ™‚

Keystone jack with broken plastic clip

I needed to move the already terminated keystone jack in the patch panel. And while doing so; I managed to break the plastic clip holding it in place. So I had to replace it 😞

Done!

With the CAT6 cable now moved, and terminated in a wall socket; I needed a short patch cable to hook up the access point.

Network patch cable with RJ45 connector

I used a ready-made patch cable, cut of one RJ45 connector, put it through the hole behind the access point, and terminated a new RJ45 plug.

Network patch cable, between access point and wall socket

Then patched up the access point, and mounted it back on the wall πŸ™‚

Functionally; nothing changed, I already had this access point wired up. But aesthetically; it’s better, I just love hidden cable runs πŸ––