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All the publicity surrounding the new generation of wireless home products creates an impression that homes are poised to become completely wireless. In fact, the opposite is true. The core issue is the ever-increasing number of wireless devices (e.g., printers, digital-media players, garage-door openers, smartphones, tablets, appliances) competing for bandwidth. This can be likened to a loss of water pressure when too many people are showering at the same time. Wireless signals can weaken or get dropped without the right structured cabling and communications equipment in place. This article tackles the wiring, hardware, and networking options that are important to grasp when you’re wiring a home for the distribution of audio, video, home automation, security, and Internet.
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Great article, I work in IT and have done a lot of wiring at work and at home. As technology is always changing the only thing I would suggest as far as future proofing is running conduit to the main structured wiring panel. I run the 1" from that panel to all the TV areas and 1.5" to an outside garage panel so whatever future provider can pull whatever type of new generation of cable straight in and if necessary back out to any TV area. I currently run fiber in two of my conduits to remote hubs.
I think CATV technology is dead or pretty much so. Most new "cable" boxes are ethernet capable and talking with Spectrum they are going to an all "cloud" DVR soon and pushing all content through their internet service and ditching the CATV boxes as is everyone else.
We live in an environment ever more saturated with electromagnetic and microwave energy fields. Thousands of peer reviewed scientific papers from around the world point to long term DNA damage and other health effects from exposures deemed to be safe by governmental agencies headed by people from the telecommunications industry such as the F.C.C.'s Tom Wheeler, former head of the industry lobbying group. Hard wiring all these devices is necessary to reduce these exposures. Thanks for the head's up about how to do just that.
Thanks, WhatNow100. So the takeaway is: overkill for the in-wall wiring, to be future proof. It's hard to retrofit later, so do it now. No need whatsoever for the 1900 Mbps WAP or gigabit modems/routers that are multiples faster than the cable service, as any of that stuff is easily accessible, and will be obsolete by the time internet service will catch up speed-wise.
At the end of the Wired for Wireless fiber was mentioned. I would suggest using a combination cable with coax, copper and fiber. You may not use the fiber for ten years but it will already be in the wall to use in the future. You do not need to add the ends to the fibers if you do not plan to use it right now because the ends may be different in ten years. Fiber is the technology of the future for a house that may still be there in 100 years.
I'm missing something. Why does the hardware & wiring have to be so much "faster" than the internet service? In the house that is wired for the article, the WAP speed is 1900 Mbps, but they recommend 50 Mbps for the cable internet speed. That's 38x faster, and as the article mentions, wireless is "slow" vs wired. The Cat6/Cat6a wire - capable of 10 gigabits is 200x faster than the 50 Mbps internet speed mentioned. Is there a technical need to be many times faster on the hardware than the service? Or is this overkill to be future proof?