April 21, 202


Datacom products are recommended by our experts for fast, secure, reliable, & professional video conferencing


As many companies adopt work-from-home policies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be increasingly important that their employees have a properly set up home office to maintain outputs and efficiencies. This is an opportunity for residential contractors to offer value-added service and recommend products, like the ones featured here, that will ensure stability, provide a foundation for IoT innovation and secure a positive future as a modern, mobile workforce.

Key Features of a Properly Set Up Home Office

Internet speed must be fast: Not only is a slow internet connection frustrating, but it will also hinder productivity.

Secure Connection: Cybersecurity is a growing issue, as more employees work from home and are handling sensitive company information. A cyber threat might not just be dollars lost, but may also result in lost data, resource failures, and even public reputation damage, which may cost you business.

Reliable: A strong and reliable connection will prevent latency and freezing, especially during video calls.

Professional: The right up-to-date technology allows for a professional work space wherever you are.

Suggestions On How You Can Optimize Your Customer’s Home Office

  Suggest modifying or upgrading their LAN?

  • The older the wireless LAN hardware becomes the more susceptible it becomes to threats and will eventually reach its end of support, resulting at the end of over-the-air security updates and notifications.
  • Hard-wired connections are typically faster than Wi-Fi signals and are safer when it comes to cybersecurity
  • If the household is being over-utilized by the number of users on the Wi-Fi system, being hardwired will overcome many of the concerns with a poor or weak signal.
  • OTHER OPTION: Suggest that customers upgrade for faster service from their ISP (internet service provider) or a separate connection if speed and security are a major concern.


  Switch to a plastic media enclosure?

  • Suggest that they replace their metal enclosure for a plastic one. This switch will offer an outstanding WiFi performance increase. You can also suggest retrofitting their existing Leviton metal enclosure to support stronger wireless signals by adding a plastic cover or plastic hinged door.


  Add additional access points?

  • Additional wireless access points can add benefits by expanding the WiFi signal for full house coverage to prevent “dead zone” areas that are sporadic, weak, or have no signal or coverage.


  Is the current ethernet equipment dated?

  • Suggest an upgrade to a Gigabit Ethernet switch which can support a 1000Mbps data rate, which improves the reliability and functionality of a home network especially if there are multiple users accessing the same network device.
  • Gigabit Ethernet will provide more total bandwidth to go around, which in turn results in less congestion and better overall performance.
  • Gigabit Ethernet is also helpful when large file transfers are involved, like when you perform backups over the network to a server.


  Is the Wi-Fi equipment obsolete or improperly located?

  • Suggest that outdated products be upgraded, recommend proper placement, and configure equipment so the customer has a streamlined solution that is worry-free.

Featured Home Office Products

Single-Gang QuickPort® Wallplate
Part # 41080-2WP

  • Support multimedia applications with 1-4 or 6 ports
  • .53 in H x 2.77 in W
  • Available in six colors (white, light almond, ivory, grey, brown and black)

Single-Gang Low Voltage Plate
Part # MP1P

  • Plastic
  • No tools required to secure bracket in drywall
  • Recessed design assures flush mount of device


QuickPort™ 2-Port Outlet Box
Part # 41089-2WP

  • Quickport surface mount housing
  • Snap in
  • For use with individual QuickPort snap-on connector modules



eXtreme™ Quickport Connector
Part # 61110-RL6

  • Cat6+ module
  • Surface, wallplate, or panel mounting
  • 1 port




HDMI Feedthrough Connector
Part # 40834-W

  • QuickPort connectors for a customized high-definition media center
  • Compatible with all HDMI sources, including HDTVs and projectors
  • Snaps easily into QuickPort housing or wallplate


GenSPEED 6 Cat 6 Cable
Part # 7133840

  • Unique separator design engineered for consistent electrical performance
  • Performance guaranteed to 350 MHz
  • TRU-Mark® print legend contains footage markings from 1000’ to 0’


Two-Gang Recessed TV Box
Part # TVBU505GC

  • Plastic
  • For power and low voltage



Motorized TV Mount
Part # TA55 WALL

  • Fits most 37-55” flat panel TVs up to 100 lbs
  • Motorized mount tilts at the push of a button
  • Control with your iPhone or smartphone with optional ControlWand Wi-Fi adapter

HDMI Cable
Part # UH-CI-HDMI-10

  • Male-Male
  • 10 feet
  • 18Gb 4K 3.0M





Part # CI-280E-010G

  • Gigabit 1000 BASE-T; 100 BASE-T; 10 BASE-T (IEEE 802.3)
  • Designed for: network adapters, hubs, switches, routers, DSL/cable modems, patch panels and other twisted-pair application





Field Configurable Patch Block
Part # 49255-Q89

  • Quickport 12-port patch block
  • Mounting bracket sold separately

QuickPort™ Mounting Bracket
Part # 40089-D

  • Mounting bracket -type 89D for M type blocks
  • Provides 50 fixed cross-connections for voice, security, and data applications

Twist & Mount Patch Panel
Part # 476TM-612

  • Commercial-grade telephone and data patching
  • Component-rated Cat 5e and Cat 6 ports
  • Compact design


Wireless Structured Media Enclosure
Part # 49605-28E

  • Plastic enclosure allows the full reach of a wireless network
  • Universal left or right side door orientation


Vented Hinged Door
Part # 49605-28S

  • Plastic door allows the full reach of a wireless network
  • Vented door assists in airflow for cooling
  • Tool-free door installations

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  • Camera & Monitors
  • Copper Connectors
  • Fibre Connectors
  • Plates & Brackets
  • Residential Networking Components
  • Enclosures, Racks, & Cooling
  • Patch Cords & Patch Panels
  • Power Distribution
  • Data Installation Tools
  • Data Copper Wire & Cable
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