What Are Data Points & Wall Plates

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Written by Tristan Cameron

Gone are the days when everything electronic we use in the house simply plugs into a powerpoint. We have so many different devices that we now need a range of connections. 

Data points and wall plates are gaining in popularity as they’re more specific and enable better connections.

Here’s a complete look at what data points and wall plates are and how they’re installed.

What are Data Points

Some WiFi routers generate a strong internet signal and mostly do the job. There’s nothing more frustrating, though, than when the signal drops, especially if you’re playing a game, watching a movie or conducting an online meeting.

Another challenge with WiFi is that if multiple devices are connected and utilising it simultaneously, the signal is divided between them all. The only solution is to plug a device directly into the network connection. That’s where a data point comes in.

A data point is a dedicated network connection that provides a more stable signal than a WiFi one.

Data points connect the internet to these devices:

  • Desktops and laptops
  • Printers
  • CCTV and home security
  • ADSL and NBN connections
  • Home theatres
  • Gaming consoles
  • Smart devices

What are Wall Plates

Exposed wires can be dangerous. Wall plates cover them to keep everyone and everything safe. There are several types of wall plates.

  • Electrical wall plates – these are the most common; they protect light switches and other primary electrical points
  • Data wall plates –  these cover the cables that are used to connect the internet to gaming consoles and computers
  • Multi-purpose plates – when numerous cables are in the same area, some for networking, and some for a home entertainment system, these plates keep them all organised

Considerations When Installing Data Points and Wall Plates

Installing data points and data wall plates when a home is newly built or undergoing a major renovation is preferable. However, they can be installed in older homes; it just requires some additional work, like rewiring, which comes at a higher cost.

Data points and wall plates should only ever be installed by a licensed electrician. Despite the many DIY videos available on YouTube, it’s extremely dangerous if not done correctly.

The quality of the walls is a significant consideration. If they’re made of drywall or plastic, there’s nothing stable for the points to be attached to, and a wall bracket may need to be installed initially. 

We may need to install an in-wall box if the wall is fragile. This will be placed into a hole in the wall to provide a secure area to hold the wires.

Some walls are made from brick or concrete. These pose a different challenge, and we may need to install a surface-mounted box.

The next step is to connect the wires to the plate; this may involve either screwing them in or some snap in. 

Finally, we’ll test that everything is in working order and complies with Australian standards. We’ll issue a certificate of compliance for electrical work (CCEW) to guarantee the installation is safe. 

Why Choose North Shore Electricians to Install Data Points and Wall Plates

The North Shore Electricians team has served Sydney for over 20 years. In that time, we’ve watched the rapid increase in technology use and have been installing data points and wall plates right across the city.

We’re up to date with the latest Australian electricity standards and ensure every installation is fully compliant.

Courtesy and professionalism are what we deliver; our testimonials confirm we’re the team to employ for all your electrical needs.

How’s your WiFi connection? Is it time you upgraded to data points and wall plates? Contact us today and strengthen your internet signal.

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