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    Structured Wiring Recommendations

    I am currently looking at doing some renovations so want to take the opportunity to run new structured wiring to all the rooms. So I wanted to get some thoughts/recommendations on what wires to run to a room (assuming I run the same bundle type to each room).

    So the two main questions I have are:
    • What functionality should I keep in mind for each room?
    • What cable medium should I used to run the signals on (i.e. HDMI over two CAT6 cables, or a fiber line, etc)?

    Some functionality that come to mind:
    Incoming: HDMI Video, Cable TV Signal, Xbox/Console Internet, Internet, Phone
    Outgoing: IR Relay, HDMI Video

    Thanks!

    #2
    i went through this when I was finishing my basement. I decided, like you suggested, to go with multiple cat6, knowing that whatever connections i want in the future, it's likely i'll be able to use it (hdmi, for example). fiber is too expensive and complicated (esp. terminations). i ran 2 cat 6 (one of them was shielded), a cat5e, and a cat5 to each location. the cat5/e i plan on using for lower def. a/v, or basic data, like w/xbox, or wifi access point, or even to just use the pairs for things like IR emitters and current sensors.

    i also ran 4 rg6 coax @ each location. thought their was that i could use 3 for component video, using F-composite connectors, or i could use them to send digital tv antena signal...they are even good for digital audio, again, using the F-composite connector.

    the only really future proof thing is conduit, but i feel like with my quads of rg6 & ethernet, i'll be ok for now

    :-)
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      #3
      Interesting, sounds like you went with extra rg6 coax instead of Cat6, for options in the future...

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        #4
        yeah, i guess there is a sense in which i wanted to diversify, rather than just going all in with cat6.
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          #5
          6 or so years ago I did the same with Cat5E and RG-6. All of cable is home run to the basement. I am using most if not all of it today. In addition ran speaker cable (2 pair 16 guage) to a box in each room.
          - Pete

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