Cat6 Cabling installation, what it takes


With the correct infrastructure installed, any audio video system can be successfully installed into your home.

If you are are wondering what it takes to install infrastructure cabling neatly, this is a quick introduction.

We start the planning stage of any installation by referring to the best practice for future proofing the home. Deciding on the cabling installation includes:

  • Television installation locations
  • Satellite decoder locations
  • Media Player locations
  • Apple TV requirements
  • DVD player locations
  • Audio system locations
  • Wired network points
  • Wireless access points
  • Remote wireless gateways (if required)

Once the cabling requirements have been decided, we start with the first fix.
This is the initial installation of all the cabling to each of the required points. These cables are left labeled to be sorted later.

First Fix Cabling Installation

First Fix Cabling Installation

Once the first fix is completed we usually check all our cabling and write a report to certify that our cabling has been installed and is in good condition.
Generally this is when we leave site and let the other trades carry on with their work, this may be carpenters fitting joinery or painters completing their work of course during a new house build there are many other artisans on site.

Next we return to site and start to work through the cables and group them into their separate groupings. These groupings will be combed into looms which will be neatly installed into the equipment rack.

What it looks like to sort through first fix cabling

What it looks like to sort through first fix cabling

Once the cabling has been sorted into its loom a cable comb will be applied. In this instance a high quality Panduit cable comb is being used.
These are incredibly useful and allow cables to be slotted into the comb from the sides. Once the cables have been combed velcro cable ties are used to keep the cables fastened into the loom.
Using velcro falls into the best practice for cabling looms, however if needs be, standard cable ties can be used.

Cable comb being used to tidy cabling loom

Cable comb being used to tidy cabling loom

Next the Cat6 cables are separated into where they are going to be patched on the network switch. Then they can be stripped and terminated, ready to be installed into the systems rack.

Separating cables into their relevant patch locations.

Separating cables into their relevant patch locations.

This is the beginning of a professional cabling installation.

Thank you to Smart Nest for taking the photos for this post!

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