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2-Gang Recessed Low Voltage Cable Wall Plate - Black
Recessed low voltage pass through wall plates give your installation a finished appearance but allows you the versatility of using the cable types of your choice. Multiple lines can be passed through a single plate allowing you to mix and match while eliminating the need to have multiple plates spread out across your wall.
Hole opening on face is 2 15/16" w x 1 15/16" h
PROS: decent for the price came with instructions
PROS: Provides an easy and nice looking entry.exit point.
CONS: Can't think of any.
Still, as much I love the look of my sleeved cables, having what amounts to probably 50 feet of cable/wire between my computer/desk and wall, just sitting there, is ugly and a terrible thing to work with.
So, I was in the process of building a new home... A nice 5-Bed/7-Bath 5800sq-ft house (including the finished basement), and the first house of its size in the entire area (~200sq-mi) to be certified LEED Platinum, Zero Net Energy construction. I was already having the entire house wired with CAT6E cables (a closet on the main floor acts as a "central hub" and holds 2 routers and 2 16-way switches, as well as my home storage server). Because of the amount of insulation, the fact that radiant heating meant water pipes under all the floors, and my basement home theater and working area are a Room-Within-A-Room, I decided to have the ENTIRE house pre-wired for everything.
- Aforementioned Ethernet (every room in the house has at least 1, my office has 4, home theater has 4)
- Speaker Wire via Banana Plug Outlets (all bedrooms, the basement HT, family room, living room, kitchen, patio most have just a 2-speaker plug setup, but Home Theater/Office/Family Room, have 2x 8.2Ch banana plug outlets each, and master bedroom has 7.2ch)
- Coax for Cable (all bedroom, basement, home theater, family room, living room, kitchen)
- HDMI/HDMI-over-Ethernet (all rooms in house)
- USB3.0 and (4x HT, 4x Home Office, 2x Family Room, 2x MBR uses Storage Server's PCI-E3.0 x1 to 2x USB3.0 card connected to a pair of 4-way splitters home office is connected via pair of 2-way port splitters using 2 of the native USB3.0 ports on the motherboard)
- eSATA [6Gbps] + SAS [6Gbps] (4x Home Office, 2x MBR, 2x Home Theater uses a combination of PCI-E3.0-to-eSATA6Gbps card, and LSI 16i4e PCI-E3.0 x8 SAS6G/SATA6Gbps RAID Controller Card w 4GB DDR3 Cache and NAND-Flash Backup w BBU Home Office has 2x eSATA and 4x SAS, others are only eSATA)
- Dual-Link DVI-I (Office, Home Theater, Family Room, and MBR all linked via KVM setup)
...and a dozen others. Needless to say, I wanted a very "smart" home! Plus, the cost was negligible compared to just buying a bunch of cables and wireless routers(and repeaters)! Only cost a few hundred more, so totally worth it. Still have WiFi, but I can rely on just a pair of Asus RT-AC66U Wireless-AC units (in the very center of the house, hooked up to one of two dedicated cable modems, and connected to storage server 2nd is in my office, connected to my main PC and the second dedicated cable modem home theater gets ~750Mbps due to it being so close to the center of the house, and despite the extra walls).
I bought every single one of the wall plates, all 113 of them (some extras for future expansion), from MonoPrice! I didn't have a single broken one, and not a single one was deformed, defected, or bad in any way! I also got a dozen 250ft spools of the 12AWG CL2-Rated 4-Conducter Loudspeaker Cable (4038), 75ft 12AWG Silver-Stranded Speaker Wire with Quad-Layer Oxygen-Free Vacuum Insulation, 50ft 8AWG Silver-Stranded Speaker Wire with Quad-Layer Oxygen-Free Vacuum Insulation (60% 99.998% Silver Wires, 40% 99.99998% Copper Wires), 5x 50ft + 5x 10ft + 8x 6ft Dual-Link DVI-D 24AWG CL2 Cable (2183, 2686, 2687), 4x 50ft 22AWG CL2 Silver-Plated HDMI to DVI Adapter Cables (2751), a half-dozen each of the 60ft HDMI High-Performance Slim Cables "with RedMere Technology" and 50ft Ultra Slim Series High Performance HDMI Cables "with RedMere Tech", about two-dozen 6-10ft 22AWG HDMI Ultra-High-Performance Cables, a few 50ft runs of TOSLINK audio cable, a few 50ft runs of S-P/IDF Audio Cable, 120 Ultra-Premium 99.998% Copper & Silver Banana Plugs (99.9998% copper cores with Silver plating on contact surfaces for better conduction), a few eSATA Extension Cables (some 10', and one 15'), a few SAS Extensions (20'), USB3.0 High-Speed Cables (Ultra-Thick, quad-insulated, 25')....
All cables that were run near anything that could cause interference, or near other cables, was sleeved with TechFlex EMI/RFI Filtering Cable Sleeve (1/8", 3/8", 1/2" ID sizes used), other cables were sleeved with TechFlex Aramid/Kevlar sleeving (1/4" ID), TechFlex Carbon Fiber Woven Sleeving (1/8", 1/4", 1/2", 1" ID), TechFlex Metal Braided Sleeving with Ultra-Fine Braid (1/4", 3/8", 1/2").... For this sleeving, I used 25mm-long cuts of 4:1 shrink-ratio heatshrink on either end.
All VISIBLE cables were sleeved in either MDPC-X Ultra-Premium Custom Sleeve (Black, Grey, Shade19, Gunmetal, Dark Gunmetal, Dark Red, Dark Blue, White), TechFlex Ultra-Tight-Weave Poly Sleeve (Grey, Black), or Paracord (White, Grey, Gunmetal, Deep Blue, Deep Red, Black). Aesthetically, extremely pleasing :)
PROS: - EASY to Install
- EASY to Use
- Looks fantastic no more out of place than a regular wall outlet
- Will clean up that rats nest of wires behind your TV/Computer/Home Theater
- Rounded edges means no risk of shredding cable insulation or damaging the cables themselves
- 2-Gang Size is perfect for those who want to run more than 2-4 cables, especially if you use thick cables like myself (12AWG Speaker Wire, for example)
- Allows you to have WIRED speaker quality with WIRELESS convenience
- If you, like me, are constantly unplugging equipment and hooking up new equipment, these are a God-Send!
CONS: - It does result in a "hole in the wall", however small it may be, which will potentially result in drafts (old houses)
- I am extremely energy-efficiency aware (not a hippie, just don't like paying for electricity!), and new home is a LEED Platinum, Zero-Net house (i.e. I get a check from electric company, not the other way around). The glamorous parts like the Solar Panels, Geothermal pumps, radiant heating, etc are unaffected. The less-glamorous but equally (if not more) important insulation is affected. With outside-wall insulation at R-56 (radiant barrier + moisture barrier, 2" Ultra-Dense Foam Board, 12" Wet-Pack Blown Cellulose, 2" Ultra-Dense Foam Board, 1" Liquid-Foam, 2" Foam Board studs all have a minimum of 1" foam and 2" Ultra-Dense Foam board between them and the drywall) and insulation in every wall and ceiling/floor of the home, it's very easy to tell when an area is not as insulated. Also, I have Infrared Imaging Cameras (FLIR).
Upon installing these, both in my basement home theater, family room, and my home office (for home theater, "TV lounge", and computers, respectively), I waited a few days and brought out my IR Camera. Sure enough, where there was once a perfectly-even wall with no temp variation greater than 0.2C, there was now a cold-spot reading 5C colder than the rest.
- Unlike regular outlets, these cannot be insulated well at all (best I could do was get that 5C differential down to 2.1C)
- These could really use a silicon "flap" or "gasket" instead of just an open hole
I have bought 2 - one placed inside a walking closet which was too dark. It is OK there but the light is too white and too weak for that (although this is much better that without it)....
PROS: Does the job
CONS: Light not strong enough for a closet
PROS: Great quality, fast shipping, and great price.
PROS: Look great. Fit perfectly into a 2 gang low voltage box. I bought 6 of these to go into the back of a custom made theater cabinet to give me a great way to manage the cables between the components. Very happy!