Also known as wallplates or outlet covers, networking faceplates are plastic or metal plates used for Cat5, Cat5e or Cat6 ethernet cable installation. They organise and keep network cables out of reach, so are ideal for use in residential or commercial settings. Choosing the right networking faceplate depends on the application, the number of switch openings and the number of gangs.
How do you fix networking faceplates?
Networking faceplates are a simple but essential part of cable installation. They're available in a number of configurations, with single, double or quad outlets for Cat5, Cat5e or Cat6 network category inserts. You can punch down most network cables or BT telephone cables into a faceplate using a punchdown IDC tool without any need for soldering. All networking faceplates and outlets come with mounting screws and cable-identification labels.
Types of networking faceplates
There are a range of networking faceplates available in registered jack 45 interface types, (RJ45) and local area network (LAN) categories including Cat5, Cat5E, Cat6. They work with unshielded twisted pair (UTP) shield types, which are the most common cable types used in network systems.