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post #1 of 3 Old 01-25-2012, 10:25 AM - Thread Starter
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I'm new to all of this A/V distribution fun...so please pardon the ignorance or misinform concepts!
Also, this is our first brand new house & putting in wires would be considered an upcharge for the builder.

Gathering some opinions on using the home power lines as the 'pipes' vs. Cat6/RG6/RG5 wires to deliver all video signal (BD, Cable/Sat TV, DVR, HTPC).
  1. Is this a viable alternative to dedicate video wires?
  2. What connects to the back of the HDTV's from the AC outlets to be able to get the signal?
  3. What about audio? Can the powerlines provide audio also?

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You can do networking over the powerlines, but it is slower and more expensive than cat5, plus I would assume it introduces quite a bit of noise into the line. It's typically seen as a retrofit solution, not a new construction solution. Run Cat6 and RG6 and run a lot of it. Much cheaper now than when the walls are up.

You may want to get an AV integrator in to give you pricing on a proper pre-wire so you're not stuck later with no options. If pre-wired properly, you'll be able to do what ever you'd like hardware wise down the road.
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So are u saying u don't want to open walls if u don't have to?

Powerlines are for that reason. People renting etc, but u own the place. Powerlines is not a substitute for the real thing.
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