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Several Golden Advantages of Pulling Bundled Cable in New and Remodeled Homes

I don’t know which manufacturer first invented bundled cable for residential and small commercial use, but it was a fine day for America and the rest of the industrialized world when they did. It is like the old proverbial phrase, “It’s better than sliced bread.”

Many of you are thinking privately to yourself now, “Wow this guy really likes his bundled cable!” But it’s true, this new way of wrapping multiple cable types in one tough outer coating made wiring houses and small businesses so much easier. It opened up many other possibilities in the sheer number of electronic technologies that could be installed due in large part to labor savings. However, it also reduced the overall cost of the cable as well.

Think About the Labor

Think about what it takes to pull a single cable through the walls from the most distant bedroom in a home all the way back to the electronics distribution panel. First you have to select a path in the framing studs of the home, then drill holes large enough to accommodate the particular wire you are pulling. When that is complete you set the cable up on a roller or pull it out of a box through the walls to the panel.

Yes, if you are going to pull three types of cable at once the trick is to just drill slightly larger holes in the framing then wrestle with each wire as you pull it through the walls. All the while special attention has to be given to the process to avoid kinking or tangling the cables. When you are all complete you have three different cables pulled for that bedroom.

Do It the Easy Way

Now picture yourself drilling a 5/8” hole in the center of the framing studs. Set up a 500 foot roll of bundled cable to be pulled off the roll. First of all when you pull the cable it is much thicker and comes off the roll without kinking or tangling. Those two problems are a thing of the past. You can be pretty rough while pulling it through the walls because the outer coating is thicker than smaller cable. Damaging the cable by bending it too much is not going to happen with bundled cable.

Now Look What You’ve Got

When you are finished you have successfully pulled two Cat 5e twisted pair cables, two quality RG-6 quad-shielded coax cables, and two multi-mode fiber optic cables. Into one room with one pull you have pulled enough cable for three telephone lines, one fax line, one computer terminal, video entertainment, a video camera, plus enough fiber optic cable to handle any technology that will come along in the next 25 years. Now you know why I am so excited about bundled cable.

Well if you have pulled one bundled cable to every room in your house, now you can install an electronics distribution cable in a centrally located room and choose the systems you want. What follows is a laundry list of systems people commonly incorporate in their homes.

  • Telephone system
  • Front door and whole-house Intercom
  • CCTV system for lifestyle and security cameras
  • Cable TV to each room
  • High-speed Internet access in each room
  • Access control
  • Whole-house stereo

Install Your Own System

Of course, what I have outlined here is the simple explanation of installing a structured wiring system. However, it is not rocket science, meaning you could install your own system saving yourself lots of money. This simple little explanation I have provided today is not going to be enough guidance on installing your own system.

Instructional Guide

What you really need is a complete instruction manual that provides specific information on which system to install along with specific connector type and model information and specific guidance on standard and optional electronic hubs. With that degree of guidance you truly could purchase the necessary components, then install the system yourself and in the process save yourself a pile of money.


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.


House of Stereo

This site is dedicated to help you understand and install a multiple source, multiple-room house of stereo system. What exactly will this system offer that a single source system will not? Well right off the bat the fact that the system will accept multiple sources of audio as inputs is in itself remarkable. With a touch of a button you, the end user, can select from FM radio, CD player, DVD player, Ipod®, and TV channel music. You are not locked into whatever the source your Home Theater amplifier happens to be selected.

The second remarkable capability all your family members will enjoy is the ability to select any of those music sources for their individual listening zone, at the same time everybody else in the house is selecting and listening to their own choice. Each room has an in-wall mounted zone controller that allows the occupant to turn the power on or off in the zone, select his or her own source of music, and play it at the desired volume without any regard to what other people have chosen to listen to in other zones.

The System I Install Most Often

I recommend the Hi-Fi-2 by HAI system for several reasons. It is not necessarily the fanciest system around, but I can tell you from personal installation experience it is the most powerful 8 x 8 multi-source, multiple-room house of stereo system on the market today. The amplifier uses state-of-the-art digital technology. Power output to each listening zone is a whopping 50 watts (25 watts per channel). Fifty watts per listening zone at 8-ohms means robust power for some serious whole-house entertainment. I dare say you will not be able to listen to music in a room at more than 50% capacity as it would blow the paint off the walls.

Have a Big House?

So you say to me that you have a very big house and you want more listening zones. This system has an expansion amplifier which gives you an additional 8 listening zones plus two more variable line out amplification outputs (zones 9 & 16) available as inputs to a separate amplifier for zones where you think you might want more power.

Integrates with Automation Controller

In my opinion, the primary reason the Hi-Fi-2 by HAI is the best system available is because it is but one of the sub-systems designed to integrate with their primary Security/Home Automation controller within the home. You not only have a powerful and expandable system, but you can control it in multiple ways. The three most common control methods are with the in-wall controller, color touch screens, and with automation. Think about this: When you walk in your front door from a hard days work, your security system disarms, a preprogrammed lighting scene is activated, and the music source you love the most comes on at a volume level you have selected.

The Two Keys

The two keys to all this technology are cost and the ability to make personal programming choices. The best way to have a handle on both is to install the system yourself. I can help you do that in multiple ways. First of all I provide tons of FREE information on this and other popular electronic systems for homes like my 10 Video Mini Course. You can easily sign up for it here on this page. I would invite you to follow me on my BLOG, join my bi-monthly Newsletter, and watch my ever growing list of How to Install Videos. In addition, I have written a How to Install a Multi-Room Audio System eBook which takes you hand in hand and instructs you step by step in installing a specific system you will be proud of for years to come.

Considering Other Technologies?

It has been my experience that when people are considering one technology for their new or remodeled home, they are likely considering other technologies as well. I make available a FREE eBook on How to Install Modern Home Electronics. Download the free copy and it will give you an overview of several systems which are commonly installed in homes.

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