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Structured Wiring

When a home has the right kind of wire behind the walls, it's ready for almost anything!

It all started with the computer. As families became comfortable and dependent on the machine's ability to help manage their personal and professional lives, it wasn't long before a second or third PC joined the household. Today, about 25 percent of U.S. homes have more than one computer, according to the Consumer Electronics Association.

When many types of products — from PCs and phones to security cameras, whole house audio and TVs — start

talking to one another, it becomes increasingly important for the wiring inside the house to be well organized. It's also essential that the wall outlets are well labeled and that it's easy to add components to the network and modify them. That's why so many homebuilders, homesystems installers and homeowners are now opting to install pre-configured systems made up of high-speed cabling, otherwise known as "structured wiring."

Basically, the more high-speed wire your home has, the better. Some builders, for economic reasons, skimp by pulling just a couple of runs of Category 5 cabling and a couple of runs of RG-6 coaxial cabling to just a few outlets, known in the industry as "drops." Ideally, at least two runs of Category 5 and at least two runs of RG-6 coaxial cabling should be run to at least one location in each room. Why two runs of each type of wire? One run of Category 5 cabling can handle the incoming telephone calls while the other can handle the distribution of data between the Internet and your computers. On the coaxial side, one run distributes cable TV signals while the other distributes signals from internal sources, such as security cameras and DVD players, to multiple TVs.

The number of outlets that come with a structured wiring system depends on how the homebuilder or the home systems installer decides to "package" the system. An outlet might hold only phone and data jacks, or it might combine phone, data and cable TV connections. The combination of connections and jacks is up to you; you should base the decision on what each room will be used for. For example, a home office should certainly contain a few multimedia outlets, each one loaded with phone and data jacks. A home theater, on the other hand, might be better served by a multimedia outlet with mostly cable and data jacks.

Every piece of wire that's connected to an outlet will terminate at a single junction box in a utility room, the basement or a closet in the master


bedroom, for example. This box will contain the logic to transmit video, audio, data (Internet) and control signals to the appropriate pieces of equipment.

Wilson Technologies has been designing and installing structured wiring systems for over 10 years. We will be happy to design a standard package for your building projects as well as incorporating any specific design package that your clients may require.

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