AS EVIDENCED BY OUR AFFILIATIONS, WE ARE
COMMITTED TO THE FUTURE PROOFING OF TODAY'S NETWORKED HOME
ATTENTION NEW HOME
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
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
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:
*Reassigning phone lines within the
*Two way communication
*Central communications hub
traditional wiring not work?
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.
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
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
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:
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'
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
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
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