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I am no electrician so I need a little help wiring up my router table switch and plug. The plug in inside my cabinet and the switch and plug is are outside in front of my cabinet.

Could someone please show me how to wire this setup so the switch would work on all the plugs ?

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Mike,
Is this a new installation, I mean are there any connections to either receptacle yet? Do you have a power cord?

Are you planning to have the outlet the switch is on go off and on with the switch or keep it live all the time?

I'm guessing you really only want the unit that's in the cabinet switched off and on with that switch or do you want
all of the power to shut off to the three receptacles with the switch?

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First off, you need to do your research and make sure that you 100% understand you are doing. Lots of resources out there on the internet. You need to verify that what you are going to do is safe and appropriate for what you want.

It's something like this picture:

Though, instead of the light, you use the inside socket. And, of course, the wires labeled 120VAC go to a plug for the wall outlet. This has the switch outlet always hot. Now, when you do this, make sure you carry the ground through to both the switch and the inside outlet. And make sure your are connecting the plug so that hot goes to the switch. You do not want to switch neutral.
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You could buy combination switched plugs. That way you could switch off power to each plug individually. You would of course loose one outlet on each combined plug to accommodate the switch. Oldrusty
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On a separate topic, you might want to use a switch like this:

It does two useful things - makes it really easy to turn off the router (especially with a wild, flailing swing) and makes it a much more deliberate action to turn on the router. That sideways swich is pretty easy to turn on by brushing against it.

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Mike; what Bryan said.
I'm not clear either, on what the outside receptacle is for(?)...
To avoid confusion, let's call the female connections 'receptacles' and the male cord ends 'plugs'.
The switch mounted outside the cabinet would be in a single gang box, with a power cord leading off to the power supply, terminated at the far end with a 3 prong male plug.
the interior wire from the switch (the load side) would go to another single gang box, or a short length of appliance cord (2 wire and ground...14/2/1SJ cable) terminated in a female cord end .
The router plugs into that end.
In the outside box, the two black wires go to either side of the switch. The two whites get Marreted together, and the greens get Marretted as well but you also need a short piece of Green wire to the ground screw on the box.
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+1 for the paddle switch.

See pics below. I got mine from Rockler. It has a pigtail that you plug the router into. Then the second pigtail plugs into a power source (wall outlet, etc).
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I would recommend getting one of those switched multiple outlet strips instead of taking a chance and getting hurt...

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Mike as Bryan suggested it really does depend on what you want your configuration to do. As you can see from all the suggestions, there are quite a few possibilities. If you want to run a vac from one of the outlets the first thing you need to do is count amps or watts and make sure the breaker will handle it and the router.

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Thanks for all the suggestions/ help.
This is a new setup on my table. I am wanting the outlets to be switched on/off by the switch. I was thinking the front receptacle could be used for a vac....to clean up after routing, but i dont Need it. I was trying to save some $ buy using the stuff i had....but thise large safty switches look nice. I have power cord and romax but wasnt sure how to wire it.
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