So you have run your ethernet and/or coax and now you need to mount the wires…
3 years ago I ran RG-6 and RJ45 through my house but when it came time to mount to the wall I just screwed the face plate into the drywall. At the time I didn’t know how easy it was to do it the right way.
Disclaimer: I’m not an electrician. You should be extremely careful when working around live wire. I don’t know if this is the right way to do this, but it worked for me.
What you need:
- Single Gang Low Voltage Box (Old Construction Type)
- Coax QuickPort Connector
- Cat 5E Quickport Connector
- Quickport Wallplate
- Painter’s tape
- Coax Compression Tool
- Coax Wire Stripper
- RG6 F Compression Connector
- RJ45 Modular Plug Crimper
- Punch down Tool
- RJ45 Cable Jacket Stripper
- Jab Saw
- Laser Level
- Network Cable Tester
- Coax Explorer Tester
Align and level the Low Voltage Box.
Use the small guide holes to mark the wall where you will be cutting.
- Use painters tape along the guides to keep paint from chipping. (I did not and ended up chipping the paint).
- Cut along the guide you have drawn with the Jab Saw.
Slide the Low Voltage Box into the wall and use the screws to clamp the anchors in place.
- Strip the both the coax and Cat5 cables.
Wire the Cat5 cable to the Cat 5E Quickport Connector using the Punch down Tool.
- Use the Coax Compression Tool to attach the RG6 Connector and screw into the Coax QuickPort Connector.
Test Cat5 connection with Network Cable Tester.
- Test Coax connection with Coax Explorer Tester.
- If connections are good, attach both Quickport Connectors to the Quickport Wallplate.
- Push cables into the wall and screw in wall plate.
- Test once more for good measure.
- Use drywall spackle and paint to touch up if needed.