Originally Posted by nizl
Follow-up: Does 48 Cat-6 ports seem reasonable for a 3200 sq ft house? I've tried decreasing the Cat-6 to save money, but they add up fast at 4 per drop.
I'm not the right person to ask...
I have probably twice that many category runs...
I think your approach is correct - two cat6 in drops for most rooms, 3-4 for key locations. Now, with HDBaseT and more IP-based A/V distribution coming (and coming down in price), you'll probably be very covered with two cat6 per drops, and possibly even one.
Assuming the builder is charging you per wire, not per drop, you might talk to him about the 3-4 wires per drop areas. The cost to run >1 wire to the same location is very small. If you've got a lot of those, it's worth a discussion about the installation price not being 3-4x,
My method was to approach the builder's low-volt contractor with a list of runs, cable types, etc. that were over-and-above the basic install package in the contract. I supplied the wire for those runs, and asked for a price for the labor as a whole - not on a per run basis. I think that's reasonable for a larger number of runs.