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The Seven Golden Rewards for Installing Structured Wiring Systems in New and Remodeled Homes

Before I fill you in on the rewards for installing a structured wiring system in your home it is incumbent upon me to make sure you know what exactly is encompassed in the system. After all, many people have requested that their electricians pull a few cables to various locations within their homes thinking they would be installing the backbone for a structured wiring system. Sadly, a few random cables are not the basis for an adequate system.

A professional structured wiring system consists of bundled cable to each room in the house where one wants full electronic capability. When installed correctly a home owner will have multiple telephone lines, computer ports and video entertainment. And when additional cables are pulled to each zone, the home owner can easily add whole-house stereo, surveillance cameras, access control and intercom to their system. Now you’re talking about a complete, full service structured wiring system.

Structured Cabling

I install Speed Wrap® cable, which includes two CAT5e, two RG6 quad-shielded coax, and two multi-mode fiber optic cables. In the not too distant future many, if not all, of our data services will be delivered to the side of our homes via fiber optic cable. When that day comes you will be very happy that your home already has a fiber optic cable structure within your walls.

However, it is my opinion that there is no need to spend money terminating each of the fiber optic cables, as there has been no standard set by the industry as to which fiber optic connector will be utilized. There is no need doing it now, and then have whatever company delivering data and entertainment to your home in the future, decide the connectors you have installed are not the ones they prefer.

Service Input Hub

This unit is the gateway for connecting outside entertainment, telecommunicating and network services. It includes standard configuration of four RG-6 coax connectors for TV, VCR, cable or satellite signals and two CAT5e connectors for telephones, fax and Internet access. It also includes two multi mode fiber optic connections.

Coax Video Distribution Hub

The coax distribution hub distributes modulated signals from DVDs, VCRs, DBS Satellite receivers, security cameras and cable companies. All video sources can be individually selected and appear on any television in the home. The standard unit allows five source inputs and delivers video to eight zones. Of course, if you have a larger home and need video distributed to additional rooms, there are twelve and sixteen zone hubs available.

Telephone Hub

An eleven zone, four-line RJ-45 twisted pair style hub is used for connecting and distributing voice and data signals. The module also includes an Amphenol connector to interface with a telephone Key System Unit (KSU) or PBX. It also includes a surge protector, a standard security system RJ31X port, and a shorting block for compatibility with Plain Old Telephone (POTS) lines.

Cable/DSL Web Safe Router

This router connects to your cable or DSL modem and lets you share a high-speed Internet connection with up to four computers throughout your home or business. It also allows you to monitor usage and filter out offensive web content and connect your computers together to share data and access to home office equipment. Using proven technology, the web safe router safeguards your personal computer data by protecting your network from computer hacker network attacks. The cable/DSL web safe router is a must application for anyone with cable or DSL Internet service, and for anyone who for any reason wants to experience the speed and convenience of shared, always on blazing fast Internet access.

Triple Modulator Hub

The triple modulator hub is used for creating in-home television channels that can be viewed from any TV in the house. Signals from three different video sources such as TV’s, VCRs, DVDs, satellite, laser disk players and surveillance cameras can be identified and viewed on any TV in the house. Basically it takes a base-line video signal from three different sources, combines and modulates the signals then sends them out on one coax cable which serves as an input to the video distribution hub. Each video signal can be seen on their assigned television channel.

Front Door Station Hub

A front door station hub allows you the homeowner to speak to visitors at your front door on any telephone in your home. And if you have the triple modulator module for a camera in that location, you can view them on any television in your home while speaking to the front door visitors. This option comes in mighty handy when you are indisposed or all the way in the backside of your home. Other door stations can be added as desired. There is an optional module to unlock the front door or gate by touching a key on your telephone.

Whole-House Stereo

Install this option and you can use your structured wiring network to play music that suits your mood throughout your entire home. This option will distribute an audio signal to eight stereo or sixteen mono locations, or any combination of your choice. Individual on and off volume controls in each room allow for personalized sound control. Keep in mind the system described here is for a single audio source.

DBS Satellite Receiver Hub

This module provides distribution of a dual LNB DBS Digital satellite signal to four locations through a single coax cable without modulation. It is designed for a four-receiver system thus allowing each receiver to view all channels giving full channel reception and independent viewing control at each receiver. Each TV must be connected to a separate DBS receiver where desired.

Now that you have had seven of the primary technology hubs adequately described along with the benefits of each, perhaps you can now fully appreciate the opportunity a full service, professional structured wiring system can mean to you in your new or remodeled home. It means you will have ample connectivity within your home for telephone, data transfer, and entertainment.

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