The Nerve Center for 21st Century Living
Today the practicality of a new or existing home purchase should be gauged by the availability of digital age services for that home:
- Work-at-home with SOHO support for your company’s Intranet and conferencing services,
- Learn-at-home by increasing your children’s education and entertainment options,
- Rest-at-home with the security of a monitored burglar and fire alarm system,
- Watch-your-home with Internet-enabled remote access to your web-based camera monitors,
- Relax-at-home with access to all kinds of High-Definition (HD) programming including your movies,
- Manage-at-home to control lighting, temperature and other features with a home automation control system,
- Live-at-home by extending your days to live at home in your golden years,
- And more, much more.
A low-voltage cabling environment called a “structured wiring system” is your family’s ticket to the lifestyle services available to you now in the 21st century.
How can you identify what is standard in the new home purchase you are making or the existing home you are considering to purchase? Ask your builder what they supply as standard and upgrades to the new home and look at the multimedia outlets on the wall throughout the home for phone, data, and video services currently in place. The outlets will usually look like one of these:
In order to gain the greatest leverage from current and future advances in digital technologies we recommend:
- Every room have at least one (1) Grade 2 multimedia outlet,
- Every outlet have two (2) Category (CAT) 5E ports using four pair UTP,
- Every outlet have two (2) RG Series 6 coax cable ports,
- Every outlet have one (1) two-fiber optical cable run to the wall outlet for future use,
- Every outlet have an additional RG Series 6 coax cable run to wall outlet for future use,
- Have all cabling home-run from an expandable distribution service panel in a serviceable area of your home to all room outlets,
- All cabling be of industrial grade quality, designed and manufactured to meet certifiable performance standards,
- Specify composite cables (cables bundled within a single jacket) to outlets, if budget allows, and
- Have cabling contractor verify system tested and verified to TIA/EIA 568-B.2 standard (will know if they are up-to-standards).
The performance rating of the cabling will determine what kind of broadband applications will run over them now and in the future. By the way, the use of wireless (WiFi) technology (as of 2010) is still ill-suited for High Definition (HD) high-bandwidth content programming, much less a reliable source-to-display connection. The use of RG-6 and higher grade coax cabling is an accepted practice for providing HD programming from the programming source to your video display. If it’s not behind your walls awaiting you it will need to be retrofitted to your home. Anything else will reduce your flexibility to effortlessly add digital age services as they become available, and increase your costs to upgrade down-the-road.
A house that doesn’t have it will need it. A family that doesn’t have it will want it.