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Structured Wiring - Wiring a Home

by hockeyfan4 / August 1, 2005 9:56 AM PDT

I am moving to a new home and was wondering what I should use as far as structured wiring? I am not very tech savy and many things that have been explained to me like RG 6 make no sense! It may be the people trying to tell me know little about the subject as well. I will be getting HD Satellite, an HDTV, I also have a 5.1 surround sound system, and high speed internet. The satellite receiver, the TV, and the speaker system will all be in one room (most likely unless I get another receiver) and I would like the availbiliy of high speed access in a few rooms. I do not know what wiring I should use? I don't need my whole house wired in every room for everything. But I wasn't sure what would be the best way to go for my application. There are alot of questons in here but I am hoping that someone will be able to answer them.


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Plan it out...
by sirroundsound / August 1, 2005 1:39 PM PDT

RG-6 coax cable, is what you will need to have run to accept the HD satellite signal. It would be wise to have 4 runs fed from where the dish will go to an electrical room where they can be attached to a switch for distribution to 1 or more satellite receivers. You should check first with the satellite provider (dish or directv?) and confirm what they suggest for your use. All the rooms in the house where possible TV's will go, will have 1 run at least of this RG-6 cable from the same room that the satellite cable goes to. (the distribution room) Keep in mind there are HD satellite receivers with Tivo (digital recorders) that can accept 2 coax inputs, which will allow you to record and watch something else at the same time, SO to a couple of MAIN TV's in the house it might be wise to run 2 coax lines from the distribution room. Running a phone and data line (Cat3 and Cat5 cables)to these locations is a good idea too, you will want a phone connection for the satellite to download any pay per view purchases, and the Data could be used should you eventually add some sort of digital media, such as a DVD server or Media centre. Other areas of the house will want Phone or phone and data locations, think ahead about furniture layouts, where might a phone go, where are computers going. Once all this is run,(back to that basement distribution room)you now have the ability to add a phone system, or centralized network hub, or at least just keep everything easy to service. Ideally you should be contacting some local custom install firm, there are many other options available to you that could be built into your mortgage, and should be properly planned out based on your family's needs (or wants). Keep in mind, wire up bedrooms. Just because you may not want TV's or other in your kids rooms, doesn't mean that someday when you sell this home, the potential buyer won't get put off because they are not there. Once again, contact someone that knows what they are doing, far too many people build nice homes and find out after the fact about things they wish they now had.

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(NT) (NT) Make sure to throw in some CAT-5 wiring in all your rooms
by jonline / August 2, 2005 2:56 PM PDT
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Hire a pro
by terrmul / August 3, 2005 4:27 AM PDT

As mentioned in the other post you should really consider hiring a pro if, by your own admission, your not that tech savvy. It won't cost a fortune and could indeed save you some money, these guys have all the tools to fish cables through walls and ceilings that would otherwise require some big holes.

If you go it alone, get a black and decker Guide to Home Wiring from Home Depot or similar. And remember that there are live electrical cables in the strangest places, safety first!!

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