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New Home Construction/Wiring

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by ndimuzio, Sep 29, 2009.

  1. ndimuzio

    ndimuzio New Member

    Sep 29, 2009
    Hello all - I am hoping someone can provide me with help... my wife and I are in the process of building a house. I am doing alot of the home audio/video wiring myself and want to be sure to cover all of my bases related to my DTV wiring and setup. I plan to have 6 HD DVR boxes and would like to know what I should wire to each room. I was told I may not have to run two home-runs to each room as I do in my current home, is this true? Is there anything I should be thinking about for the future as well?
    Many thanks in advance!
  2. Lee L

    Lee L Hall Of Fame

    Aug 15, 2002
    Well, to really be future proof, you can always run a conduit or couple of "smurf tubes" to each room or at least to the rooms where you most likely need future proofing.

    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.
  3. dettxw

    dettxw MRVing

    Nov 21, 2007
    Choctaw, OK
    Don't forget the speaker wiring, and it's possible that you may want to run some HDMI in the walls if the DVR & TV are separated.
  4. BattleZone

    BattleZone Hall Of Fame

    Nov 13, 2007
    You would be doing yourself a major disservice if you made an assumption that 2 cables per DVR were not required.

    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.
  5. coldsteel

    coldsteel Hall Of Fame

    Mar 29, 2007
  6. rudeney

    rudeney Hall Of Fame

    May 28, 2007
    I think a bare minimum would be two RG6 and one Cat5e (or Cat6) to each location. If you really want to "do it right", pull 4x RG6 and 3x Cat5e/6 to each location. And remember, some rooms may have more than one location. Of course everything should go back to a home-run base in a closet, basement or attic where there is plenty of room for switches, routers and power supplies.

    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.
  7. bb37

    bb37 Godfather

    Dec 27, 2007
    If it's a one story with a full, unfinished basement, then you can run cable pretty much where ever you want to.
    Yup. I have digital photos of every wall in my house that I shot three days before the drywall went up.
  8. dsw2112

    dsw2112 Always Searching

    Jun 12, 2009
    +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.
  9. Oct 1, 2009 #9 of 11

    mjwagner Icon

    Oct 8, 2005
    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.
  10. ciurca

    ciurca Godfather

    Apr 14, 2009
    ME? I'd run 3 RG6 to each location. We've never addressed OTA, and why diplex if not needed.
  11. wildbill129

    wildbill129 Godfather

    Dec 22, 2006
    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.

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