Updated: Jul 31
Homeowners now expect their new homes to be fully integrated with the newest technologies. Ensuring that conduit and wiring (think of it as plumbing) for data and video is in place when you build a home is by far the most effective way to plan for the future. It will always be more expensive to upgrade a structure for technology once the walls are put up.
What exactly should you prewire for?
(Data) is one of the first things people think about when they consider pre-wiring, and for good reason. You need to make sure that you have adequate access from wherever you need it, and you don’t want routers sitting on your kitchen counter or on a dresser. Prewiring will help provide a strong foundation for your WiFi connection through-out the entire home. By wiring for data, reliability and security is increased dramatically.
Ethernet cables and a coaxial cable at every location where you’ll want a TV will keep your Smart TV connected to your favorite shows, movies, and other content.
Multi-room audio allows you to enjoy music and other audio content all over the house. You can prewire as many rooms as you like. You can pre-wire for surround sound, individual speakers, and audio bars for home cinemas.
- Home Security
You can prewire entire security systems or if you’re going wireless, just the keypads. (It’s nice to have access to a keypad with wireless systems, rather than needing to hunt for your smartphone.
Increase your security even more with video surveillance. As with your security system, you can either prewire the entire system or go wireless and prewire the power supply. With high-resolution cameras, wiring is preferable.
- Control Panel
Rather than having routers and other controllers sitting around, it’s nice to have everything easily accessible from a structured wiring panel. You can even install more than one panel for even greater convenience.
Home automation is changing the landscape. If you think you’d like your home to have this feature, prewiring is a great first step to take. From smart doorbells to a centralized lighting system, many automation features require functions that are easier to assemble during a prewiring period. Not only does it save you time, but the products will have more efficiency as well.
Prewiring helps to prepare your home for the smart home technology of tomorrow. While you may be tempted to go all wireless in your new home. Wireless certainly has its place, but it just isn't as fast as wired connections.
- Preparing for the future
Installing conduit will save you both time and mess in the long run. Conduit prevents the need to tear out drywall for installing new types of cables that may be necessary for future technology. Using conduit allows you to run different cables at a later point in time.
Why not wireless?
Wireless works great for some applications, such as printers, but it doesn’t work very well with high-definition and ultra-high-definition video and speakers. Video bandwidth is accelerating at a much faster pace than wireless capabilities.
Prewiring takes a lot of planning and consideration during the building process. Not sure where to start? Give us a call, we offer security systems, fire alarms, video surveillance, and home automation systems that will make your life safer, more functional, and more enjoyable.
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