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Any tips/tricks for bringing a bundle of 24 Cat 6 cables through a drop ceiling?

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I'm running cat6 through an office with drop ceilings today, and the owner is squeezing out every inch of floorspace to fit in more employees.  So the 24-Port patch panel will be wall mounted in a corner below a drop ceiling.  This is my first time having to worry about having a ceiling tile being above my network cable bundle coming out of the patch panel.  Anyone have any ideas or best practices for this?  I have a Lowes & a Home Depot nearby.  I was thinking of buying a short 4" PVC piece and cutting it in half, running the cable bundle through that, and somehow mounting that to the wall, then cutting a half circle out of the ceiling tile to fit against it.

Anyone have a better idea?
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Unless the top of the wall ends at the drop ceiling (in other words, the drop ceiling extends OVER the wall into the next room, then you're going to have part of the ceiling grid along the wall. So you won't be able to flush mount the half-pipe to the wall anyway.

check out the link below. It's an inexpensive penetration plate. You can have up to 2 pipes on one plate. The plate itself fits inside the grid (above the ceiling tile) and gets additional support from suspension wires.

Link - Click Here

also notice how the ends of the pipes have protective grommets around them. Not only does it look nice, but it protects your cables.

if you're trying to do this over the weekend and don't have time to order this online, you might be able to buy the materials from a home depot or lowes. just make sure you add sufficient support. (don't rely on the ceiling tile to support all the weight).

additionally, you can use 'd-rings' to keep the bundle against the wall above and below the drop ceiling. and plenty of velcro wraps.

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