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New Home Construction/Wiring
Posted 29 September 2009 - 02:41 PM
Many thanks in advance!
Posted 29 September 2009 - 02:48 PM
If you use a SWM switch you can run only one coax to each DVR. You might have to buy one yourself as I don't know the ins and outs of how they decide who gets what on an instal (and since you will have 12 total tuners you would need 2 of the SWM 8 switch since there is no SWM16 yet). Make sure the dish you get is a standard slimline and not with the SWM built in and that you have 4 coax runs from the Dish location to your central switch location as you have to use all 4 runs from the dish to feed the switches.
It would still be a good idea IMO to use 2 coax runs to each location if you want to do any antenna HDTV.
I would also run two CAT 5e or CAT 6 to each TV location as well.
DirecTV, please don't make me have to go back to watching March Madness in standard Def! Oh, and the usual begging for AMC and BBC America. You are so close to actually being the HD Leader.
Posted 29 September 2009 - 03:12 PM
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Posted 29 September 2009 - 03:14 PM
As I tell everyone who asks this question:
- A *minimum* of 2 RG6 solid copper center-conductor coax and 2 CAT6 cables should be run to every room.
- "Media-heavy" rooms should have at least two full sets, usually on opposite walls, to accomidate the additional equipment and/or the moving of furniture. Computer areas may need additional CAT6, and primary TV areas may need more RG6.
- A minimum of 6 RG6 and 2 CAT6 should be run from the service entrance on the outside of the house to the "wiring closet". 4 for sat, one for cable or cable modem, one for OTA antenna.
- Cable is cheap. Running cable while the house is still under construction is relatively easy and cheap. Retrofitting later because you didn't run a cable during this phase will be difficult and expensive. More things are being networked every day. You can't run too much cable.
Posted 29 September 2009 - 03:37 PM
You can't run too much cable.
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Posted 29 September 2009 - 09:14 PM
Having said that, if your house is a one-story, then you can almost always go back through the attic and fish more wire later. If it's a two-story (or story and a half) with a full basement, then just make sure you have a chase between the basement and top attic and again, you should be able to fish what you need. Another thing you'll want to do is take a lot of photos and video during construction, along with measurements, so you can know where critical things like plumbing and electrical wiring are in case you do need to go back in the walls later.
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Posted 29 September 2009 - 09:19 PM
If it's a one story with a full, unfinished basement, then you can run cable pretty much where ever you want to.
Having said that, if your house is a one-story, then you can almost always go back through the attic and fish more wire later.
Yup. I have digital photos of every wall in my house that I shot three days before the drywall went up.
Another thing you'll want to do is take a lot of photos and video during construction...
Television and your favorite channels are wants.
Don't confuse the two.
Posted 29 September 2009 - 09:35 PM
...rooms should have at least two full sets, usually on opposite walls, to accomidate the additional equipment and/or the moving of furniture.
+1 as this seems to be the one many forget. It's so much easier to future proof for furniture arrangements when you have multiple drops already installed.
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Posted 01 October 2009 - 09:58 AM
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Posted 02 October 2009 - 02:24 PM
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Posted 02 October 2009 - 05:00 PM
Use structured wire (single sheath with 2 RG6 and 2 CAT5e or CAT6 inside) for the runs from the wiring closet to the rooms to make the job much easier.
My house is that way. Made adding new equipment a breeze. I will never wire another house again without structured wire. It is so much easier. Structured wire to a central location/media panel. Four coax and two Cat 5e/6 two the outside panel where cable and phone come in. Gives you room for expansion.
Don't forget to run four coax to the roof where your dish will be mounted, maybe 5 if you are going to use OTA. Don't forget a ground wire to the dish to the house bond.