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2-Gang Wall Plate for Keystone, 12 Hole - Ivory
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My Solution, though not quite as pretty was to get 2 of the 6 port single hole covers, then I cut a small bit of the side on one side of one, and the other side of the other. That way the cut sides are next to each other and screwed those two plates onto the Box flat. You can't see it because it's behind my A/V rack anyway but it works! I used a Dremel to cut mine. Of course it needs to be a nice straight cut and just the right amount so it'll mount flat and not overlap, but also not leave a Gap in the middle!!! This was my solution to the problem for now! The 6 port single cover plate ports are spaced further apart then the dual 6 plate 12 port cover! You can see this looking at the pictures here! Why it was done the way it was?!?!?! Someone really wasn't thinking!
I did try Modifying the 12 Port Plate but it just didn't work out at all. I threw it away. At least it didn't cost much. Monoprice.com does have some great prices. Using a number of keystones and Keystone plates around my house, allowed me to use a Single 24 Port Switch. Actually the Monoprice 10/100/1000 24 port switch. That way I don't need a number of small switches in all my rooms, just the one larger switch in my Closet! Then I just plug whatever I need into one of my Keystone ports!!! It's a great setup. I got most everything here at Monoprice! CAT6 cable is cheap, got a 1000 foot roll and went to town under my house! Ketstones are a snap to wire up, just match the wires to the color chart on the keystone. Use the special took to install the wires and cut them all at once as you go!
PROS: Looks nice if you can use it!
CONS: Doesn't work with Ethernet Keystones!!! They are just to large, more likely this 12 port plate was designed wrong!!!
PROS: Inexpensive, high density.
PROS: Excellent replica of brand name product. Parts are interchangeable with other brand name parts.
CONS: Cons - As mentioned in disclaimers color matching of these modular products may drift between different product runs of the product. The Ivory color is far closer to Leviton Almond than Ivory. The insert blanks that I ordered were a little darker than this plate. My biggest problem with this plate is the included screws. It includes the correct screw to attach it to the decora inserts, but the screws that are included to attach the decora inserts to the box are only partially correct. They are wood type screws that would work ok in a plastic box, but they do not work well with metal retrofit cut in rings.
PROS: Inexpensive, Fits the gang box, screws included
CONS: Not enough space between holes
PROS: Coveniently fits over a 2 gang wall socket.
CONS: Some of the Keystone jacks do not fit snugly.
PROS: Lots of holes.
CONS: Lots of tightly packed holes.
Sadly, it wasn't until I tried to snap the keystone jacks into the plate that I realized that they would not fit. In fact, the holes are spaced so close together horizontally that even the blanks that I bought (to fill the unneeded 3 holes) were slightly problematic to snap into place (with the cat6 jacks already installed).
In the end, I turned a 6-hole single-gang plate into a 12-hole two-gang plate and only gained 1 coax connection (over the 6 existing ethernet). Nothing else could fit.
Given a different application, however, the plate might serve a more useful purpose (A/V perhaps? hard to say, since even A/V keystone jacks may be problematic given the tight space tolerance).
PROS: *Fits well onto 2-gang low-voltage box
*Ethernet keystone jacks (punch-down) fit snugly
*clean, simple look
CONS: *poor placement of holes (there is plenty of room to space the holes better, so this is a design flaw, IMO):
**jacks are spaced too close together to fit ethernet or phone jacks side-by-side
**jacks are spaced too close together to fit ethernet or phone jacks top-to-bottom (without really squeezing them in - not recommended if you ever plan to try to remove the keystone jacks)
*screws to attach to low-voltage box are far too soft and strip far too easily given the stresses involved in mounting it
Recently I needed to remove this plate. The tiny screws that hold the decorative plate part into the keystone portion stripped out during extraction, breaking the plate and rendering it ugly.
Frankly, it is poorly designed, and poorly made.
CONS: Poor keystone placement
Plates look like standard Decora style. They are not.
CONS: Spacing too tight
CONS: The keystones are so close you cannot actually put two cat6 jacks side by side.