I'm building a new home, and am at the point of specifying the Coax / Cat-6A / other low voltage cabling configuration. I have the ability to wire the house however I want, and have a decent budget ($7-10k) for a centralized network solution, cable management, etc.
Here's what I'd like to do in Rainbow Pony land. Digital cable provider is Cox (San Diego).
- Have some type of centralized DVR solution. I want to be able to record shows in the living room, and then watch them from the master bedroom, home theater, or office. I can buy Tivo + cable card, or put the DVR files on a server (encryption issues?) or some other option.
- Have some type of centralized HTPC/Media server solution. I want to rip my Blu-rays to MKV's and watch from any room. Was looking at Synology for the media server aspect, but I can also build a Linux Plex/XBMC server or something.
- Have some type of universal remote so I can click a button to turn on the TV, browse my media/DVR shows, and click "play".
(It seems like this is what many people want, but it's surprisingly difficult to do.)
Anyway, what I really need help with at this point is the cabling
I'm thinking of running (1) Coax and (3) Cat-6A connections to each room. Then, an additional bank of Cat-6A at the main TV locations in the living room and theater. (The coax is mainly a backup plan so that I can install a Cox set-top box at each location if the centralized thing doesn't work.)
Should I also run in-wall HDMI? Or will pushing HD video over Cat-6A work? I've seen products like this for HDMI->Cat-6->HDMI: Moniprice HDMI to Cat-6 wall plate
Any other cables I should run? Am I on the right track? This seems like a really confusing topic, much more so than "normal" networking