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Old 08-07-2012, 02:07 PM - Thread Starter
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My brother is builing a new home...what package is the best one? The builder uses "Smartcomht.net"

Standard Package (Included in Contract)
SMH 30 8001 Basic Wiring Package
14" Connection Center Panel, (2) Cable TV/Video outlets (RG6Q) (2) Telephone
outlets (CAT 5-E)
Basic Security System includes all doors on 1st floor and basement, 1 motion, 1
fixed display keypad and 1 siren
@ $0
Upgraded Packages (ILO Basic Wiring Package)
SMH 31 8002 Premium Wiring Package
20" Connection Center Panel, (4) Multimedia taps, and (2)
Telephone/computer tap
Basic Security System includes all doors on 1st floor and basement, 1 motion, 1
fixed display keypad and 1 siren
@ $1,295
SMH 32 8003 Ultimate Wiring Package
28" Connection Center Panel, (6) Multimedia taps, and (1)
Telephone/computer tap, (1) 4-port router, (1) 5-port ethernet switch, and (1)
Wireless access point
Basic Security System includes all doors on 1st floor and basement, 1 motion, 1
fixed display keypad and 1 siren

If he does the upgraded package what is the "28" connection center pannel" ?? Thanks guys

-Alan
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The 14 / 20 / 28" connection panel refers to the size of the structured media enclosure. They are likely using the Legrand/OnQ models:

http://www.legrand.us/onq/structured-wiring/enclosures.aspx

A "multimedia tap" is probably a combination of an RG6 Coax / Cat5e run to a single location...

Difficult to say which one is correct without knowing the floorplan. Single-story houses or two-story houses with basements (unfinished) are much easier to retrofit wires than others.

I think you're missing a price (unless you're saying that he's already going to get the middle one) - I assume the "ultimate" is the $1295 package. IMO these quotes that include networking gear (router, switch, wireless access point) are usually quite high compared to grabbing these components yourself. Now, the ones they will use probably attach easily inside the structured wiring enclosure, too.

Assuming he's moving from the middle to the "ultimate", that's only 2 more RG6/Cat5e runs, worth probably $300. But down one Cat5e from the other? The larger enclosure is useful, but IMO the rest of it is expensive (but typical pricing for builders) for what you get. A decent router with wireless and an extra 5-port switch is ~$100...

I'd ask them for a price for the larger enclosure, and additional cat5e / "multimedia" runs depending on the house. Every bedroom should have a multimedia outlet, as well as any game/family/great rooms/study. At a minimum.

Hope that helps,

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