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Re: New Build structured wiring
I would install two Cat 5E or 6 where each bed was going to be located and a multimedia quad consisting of two RG6 and two Cat 5E or 6 where you want to install television or multimedia devices. If you want to install an RG6 or multimedia quad where the beds are located that will give you more flexibility. I would run a multimedia quad with one CAT 5E to a modular telephone wall plate and the other CAT 5 and two RG6 cables to an outlet at a convenient location to install a television in the kitchen. I would install one multimedia quad to the where the CATV and Telephone network interface will be located on the side of the house. There are some situations where due to signal considerations the CATV company will install a drop for the cable modem and a drop for the video service that is why I recommend two RG6 cables from the network interface to the structured wiring cabinet. The two Cat 5E or 6 will carry a standard telephone line and the other be available for future developments that require a Cat 5E or 6 from a new type of network interface supplied by the CATV company or telephone company.
You might want to consider installing wiring compatible with both Direct TV and Dish Network satellite antenna from the location where best signal will be received to the structured wiring cabinet.
Depending on who your Cable and Telephone provider is find out if they will ever deploy fiber. You might want to considering installing fiber to key locations. You did not state whether or not the home was two story but if it is stub out 3/4 inch conduits to the attic from each telephone and multimedia outlet. Since the wiring is class 2 wiring use mud rings where the telephone and multimedia outlets are located to make for easier access to add wiring for future technology. Most outlet boxes do not have enough interior space to handle two RG6 and two CAT 5E or 6 cables. Have each Cat 5E/6 cable terminated in a 8 contact modular plug in the structured wiring cabinet so that you can plug the connector into a telephone jack panel or multiport switch. I do not recommend using punch down type connections. Essentially the Cat 5E cable will function as an extension cord from the jack in the room to the structured wiring cabinet. The same holds true for the RG6. Make sure that you purchase the largest structured wiring cabinet you can get. Use a hinged cover having to remove screws can suck. Some structured wiring cabinet manufacturers offer extension rings that increase the depth the of the cabinet.
Remember it is easy to install additional wiring before the sheet rock goes up particularly in a two story house. After the sheet rock is installed you might as well hang yourself trying to add wiring. If your builder will allow you to, take pictures of the framing just before the sheet rock in installed but after all wiring is installed. That will help you locate where things are located if you need to add wire in the future. Take measurements in key locations. I would not ignore the living room or dining for at least telephone/data outlets and maybe prewire for multimedia. Have the structured wiring contractor include the cost of testing all wiring before the sheet rock is installed.
My home was wired for home theater I found that the cables to outlets just below the ceiling where the TV was to be located and the cables at the back of the room where rear speakers were located were handy. On the other hand the cables for the speaker wiring installed for left, right and center channel front speakers may or may not be needed depending on how you want to install your televisions.
If I think of anything else I will edit this post.
"Depending on who your Cable and Telephone provider is find out if they will ever deploy fiber. You might want to considering installing fiber to key locations."
That is not how it works. The companies that do fiber to the house bring it to a terminal at the house -Optical Network Terminal. That unit then uses coax (RG6) for the TV/Data and CAt5/6 for Data. phone goes out as POTS.
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