Nice product. Great service. Works well. I used this in an insulated wall. Was able to push the vapor barrier back a bit and use this as is without cutting the vapor barrier.Recommended.Shipping to Canada took about a month ago just be aware of that if in Canada.
Tabs broke upon install and had to replace them with ones from an old work box I had lying around. Flimsy but gets the job done. The major complaint I have is that the opening for the cables to pass through do not line up. Only way to have them on the same side is to have one of them inverted, easily corrected design flaw
I've installed kits like this twice now. Both were made by Datacomm and the first was purchased from Amazon and the second one was this kit. The first kit came with high voltage conduit, while the second one didn't, which meant I had to run to the store and buy some.
Additionally, the Monoprice version of the kit seems to have had a cut-out template that was a little too big for the included grey old-work boxes. I lost both of the included ones into the wall cavity. Luckily, PVC boxes are cheap and the blue ones at Home Depot were a little bigger and worked fine.
I loved the idea of this product and it was easy to install but I'd look for other options if I was doing it all over.
PROS: Easy to install and looks nice. Plate has wings as well as box screws to secure the plates in place.
CONS: To line up the downward and upward facing low voltage holes, the components switch sides between plates. This seems like a huge design flaw. Also, the wings that catch the back of the drywall are REALLY flimsy. All 4 of mine broke off during install with barely any pressure applied.
This was very easy to install and effectively hid the cables. Price was much less than options from other vendors.
PROS: easy to install Price
CONS: Gave it only a 4 for two reasons. First the plugs (both ends) of the extension cord (patch cable), that brings power from a true outlet to the in side of this system, are large and stick out from the wall significantly. Second, the locations for passing the A/V signal cable into the wall have no sealing method, so you have a fairly large opening into the wall. I stuffed some insulation around the cables to prevent drafts.
Be careful tightening down the screws that secure the faceplate to the wall – don’t use a power drill or driver, do it by hand. I broke both of the anchor clips on the top plate using a battery powered driver. Luckily I had a spare 1 gang old-work box whose clips I was able to fashion onto the top plate.
What I would like to see is a 1 gang stand-alone power plate or the option of using keystone jacks on the patch cord side. It would look a lot cleaner, but I understand their motivation to keep it simple and maintain a one size fits all approach.
DON’T FORGET YOU NEED TO SUPPLY YOUR OWN ELECTRICAL CABLE (I USED 12-2) BETWEEN THE PLATES. Otherwise everything you need is included.
PROS: Avoids having to tap into existing electrical circuits. You don’t even have to turn the electricity off. Easy to install, easily accommodates a surge protector, and looks great. Overall I think this is a huge time saver and a brilliant product for the home DIYer.
CONS: With the bottom plate installed correctly (in line and same orientation as the top plate), I found it impossible to push or pull an HDMI cable through the bottom plate. And since I had three cables to run, I gave up and turned the bottom plate upside down. It was still difficult, but much easier. I think the bottom patch cable hole needs to be re-engineered.