I'm in a quandry here how I should run cables.
I'm building a 128 channel dimming controller. That's 32 RJ-45 jacks with 4 channels each.
Option 1: I place four-gang outlet boxes with SSR's at locations around the house where the light string plugs are, and run long lengths of CAT5 back to the controller board.
Option2: I locate the four gang outlet boxes with SSR's near the controller board, and run long extension cords to each light string.
Option1 has the advantage of using cheaper cable for the long cable runs. It has the disadvantage that the outlet boxes may be located in environmentally undesireable locations. It also requires me to run some extension cords to strategic places throughout the yard.
Option2 keeps the outlets and SSR's under the porch, which is a relatively dry, safe spot. But the expense of running 128 custom-made extension cords could be significant. I found the relatively inexpensive plugs/sockets at actionlighting, but still those prices are lots more expensive than an RJ45 end!
I was wondering if anyone has some wisdom to shed on this topic and what y'all think. Are there any pros/cons that I'm missing? What are you doing? Are there factors to consider besides the wallet factor?