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Have you ever wondered if you could get rid of that messy tangle of phone and TV cables stapled to the side of your house.  All you have to do is run the service feeds to a Structured Wiring Cabinet.

In this picture of a medium 22" cabinet, the owners are offered 12 (blue) Telephone drops, a 4 port (yellow wires) 10/100 network switch, a 4 way (black) passive cable splitter (2Ghz), 4 rooms of stereo audio (white wire) w/flush ceiling speakers and volume controls, and 4 (red) surveillance cameras,  There is plenty of room for future add-ons such as a Satellite splitter or DSL modem, as well as an A/C outlet for equipment requiring power.

  Most homes on the market, even those being built today are sadly obsolete when it comes to their multi-media infrastructure.  Traditional wiring methods will not support current available services such as:

*Satellite TV

*Digital cable


*Reassigning phone lines within the home


*Two way communication

*Central communications hub


Why will traditional wiring not work?

Two reasons:

1)  Traditional wiring is often daisy chained.  Which is to say that when the phone or TV cable enters your home, it is run to the first outlet designated for it.  From there, it is spliced and continues to the next outlet, and on and on.  This causes signal degradation (which is why the tv picture in the front room may look okay, but the same channel in the back room looks like it's snowing).  Also, this does not allow for adding newer services such as Satellite.  Fortunately since the mid 90's, most new homes have been wired using Star Topology (or, home run).  This is where all the wall outlets (phone, cable, satellite, highspeed internet, etc.) are wired to one location, usually on the outside of the house.  This is a good start, but for a quality job, all incoming electronic services should first be routed to a Structured Wiring Cabinet somewhere in the home (typically in a closet).  This 'CAN' as we call it, resembles your circuit breaker box.  From this point, separate cables will be run to each room, and labeled as such.  Now you can assign any incoming signal to whatever room you choose.  You can assign new phone lines to any room you want, without having to pay high installation fees to the phone company.


2)  Whether daisy-chained or wired with a star topology, it is still rare to see a phone line installed right next to every cable outlet.  However, this is absolutely necessary for almost all forms of current TV services such as Satellite, Digital cable, TiVo, ReplayTV, WebTV, etc.  With nation wide educational campaigns sponsored by organizations such as CEDIA ( www.cedia.org), and regional consultants such as ourselves, we are shaping your homes electronic infrastructure to ensure you can take advantage all current technologies available now, and in the future.


 Structured Wiring


     First attempts at wiring homes with adequate cabling and bandwidth, required running at least 4 separate cables to every room in the house.  This led to so many wires being strewn through the attic that consumers were a little hesitant to invite that into their home.  This led to the development of Bundled Cable.

     Bundled cable offers the flexibility of the 4 separate cables needed for true multi-media, with the time and cost efficiency of wrapping them all in one convenient jacket.  Therefore, every room in the house requires just one cable to be run to it, yet this one cable can offer some of the highest bandwidth available to consumers.  The pre-wire below has the Can mounted in a closet near the center of the home.  Here, we are using a blue jacketed bundled cable from Comscope, called UltraHome. 

The use of bundled cable cuts the individual amount of wires being pulled by 75%.  This saves a lot of labor charges, and also costs less per foot than the equivalent wires pulled separately.  Many high end housing communities are adding structured wiring to their local zoning regulations.  And with good reason, with data transfer technologies changing so rapidly you want to be sure that your home is wired and ready to handle all forms of communications and entertainment currently available, and those yet to come!  

All cables shown (excluding white speaker cable) are bundled together (one of each color) and wrapped in a single overall jacket to form the thick Blue cable runs shown in the above pictures.

Home Networking involves much more than just connecting computers together.  Modern high speed internet access can arrive in many ways: 

-Phone company

-Cable company

-Satellite connection


All provide a similar service, however, they deliver their services very differently.  In most cases, you will need either category 5 type telephone/data cable, or RG-6 coax (for cable/satellite modem services).  You can configure your wall plates to accommodate whatever service is available in your area.

Here are some common media configurations for a networked homes' wallplates:

We have (from left to right) a full Multi-Media outlet:   With connections for Phone, DSL, Cable/Sat, and video modulation (sends signals from your TiVo or DVD player, back through your cable system to every TV in the home).

Phone/Data drop:   Usually installed near a night stand or by the seating area of the family TV room.  Allows for a phone with up to 4 lines, as well as a network jack for your laptop.

TV drop:   Most TV services today require both a traditional cable outlet, as well as a phone or network jack so that a device such as a Digital Cable box, Satellite box, TiVo box, etc.  can communicate with the service provider.

Back at the Distribution Cabinet (below), you can designate which services each room shall receive:

Blue(Cat5e): Voice/Data (4 phone lines to each room) with line seizure interface for alarm systems.

Yellow(Cat5e): Home Network (ethernet) connected to a 10/100 Switch.

Black(RG-6qs): Cable/Sat TV  using a solid copper center conductor, and Quad Shielding for the highest bandwidth available (2.4Ghz).  Shown here connected to a 2Ghz digital cable splitter with -130db isolation.

White (16AWG 65 strand Speaker Wire): Sends stereo audio to a pair of speakers in 4 separate rooms, with a volume controller in each room.  

Red(ish): Identical to the black coax cables, these alternate lines can be used for  backfeeding a Satellite, VCR, DVD, or (as shown above) Surveillance cameras into this combiner, which in turn, inserts it in to the homes cable/antenna splitter.  Each device being inserted will be assigned it's own Cable/Ant channel.

Here is a typical video modulation scenario:

Our local cable provider offers channels 2-72.  By using a device called a video modulator, we can give every room in the house the ability to watch all the same things that are on in the TV room, simply by turning channels.  In this type of setup, you could add a digital recorder like TiVo on to channel 75, put the DVD player on channel 77, the front door Camera on channel 79, and so on. 

Upgradeability:  With an a/c outlet, and plenty of extra space, you will have room for expansion (satellite splitters, DSL modems, network hubs)

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