Are you planning to build a new house or business? Renovating or adding on additional space? Now is the best time to consider pre-wiring options for your new space. Our experts can recommend and design a wiring plan based on your actual usage – as well as providing insightful ways to help future-proof your installation. Once approved – we get to work, and make certain your wiring is installed in a professional manor.
Network, Audio, & Visual are becoming as integral to construction as electrical distribution lines. Although wireless networks are commonplace; wired connections are the effective standard despite many advancements made to wireless communications, speed, and standards. Wireless connections continue to be plagued by interference & connectivity loss. Wireless network devices also consume power – and comparable battery options are not yet available.
The most common types of wires used today are:
Category 6 – Ethernet
Shielded Category 6 – Video Distribution
RG6 – Coaxial
2 & 4 conductor Wire – Audio
Fiber-optic – Ethernet & Video
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What kind of wires will I need for different tasks?
- Regular Wall Ports
- Wireless Access Points
- Surveillance Cameras
- Access Control
- Audio Control Panels
Shielded Category 6:
- Matrix-Based Distribution where HDMI Baluns are utilized.
- Cable / Satellite Distribution Boxes near TV’s.
2 & 4 Conductor Wire:
- In-Wall speakers
- Long-run video transmission
- Long-run Ethernet transmission (>300′)
What does a Media Drop consist of?
A media drop attempts to provide flexibility for a room by providing multiple methods of transmitting audio/video/network to a chosen TV location. This drop consists of 3 home-run cables placed within close proximity to a standard electrical outlet. An RJ6 (Coaxial) cable is utilized for non-distributed video where a cable service provider’s box is placed in direct proximity to the TV. A shielded CAT6 cable is used to bring distributed video with the use of remote baluns. A CAT6 (Ethernet) cable is placed to bring wired internet connectivity or could be used for direct device control (IR) when needed. The 1-gang out box will be covered. None of the wires will be terminated.
How many rooms can I do Whole Home Audio in?
Auto Matrix equipment typically comes in sets of 4 or 6 (most common) and can be expanded to around 18 rooms. Rooms can be designed with either one or two speakers per room. An Audio Control Panel can be placed inside the room for basic local access if desired.
What are the Theater room speaker packages?
Theater room packages consist of a number of speakers (usually starting with the 3 front-facing speaker left, right, & center). The number after the decimal point indicates the quantity of sub-woofers. Sub-woofers are omni-directional and their placement is not as important. For example, in a 7.1 system (most common) consists of a left, right, center, rear-left, rear-right, surround-left, surround-right, and 1 subwoofer.
Common configurations include:
Should I plan for a TV or Projector?
This one is based mostly on personal preference. A Television provides good value up to ~90″ where projectors begin making more sense for the larger viewing areas. For a dedicated theater room, nothing beats the feel of a projector. Theater rooms are also usually purpose-built to work well with projectors by reducing or eliminating external light-sources and situating customers directly in front without obstructions.
I don't plan to do some of this right now but we might in the future. Should we go ahead and run the wires for it?
Probably. The cost to run additional wiring is exponentially cheaper during the construction phase. After construction is completed, running new wires and be cumbersome, expensive, and sometimes impossible.