Originally Posted by towndrunk
We are meeting with an architect this week to start the process of building a new home. I figured that this is as good a time as any to start my research.
Hey, look everyone - someone that didn't wait until the last minute!!!
My main thoughts are is what is enough? I would like to eventually add home automation, but for now I am looking for the best option for whole home audio and streaming audio/video content from my NAS to devices in the home. I would eventually like to add IP camera's, so I will be running to CAT6 to those possible locations as well. I was wondering if 2 CAT6 drops, and 2 RG6 drops per wall for each room, then add where I see fit from there.
Well, that configuration along with whole-house-audio wiring certainly covers a lot of it. IP camera locations, potential wall stations / in-wall touchscreens are the other future items to consider (cat5e/cat6 again).
I think I can figure out most of the wiring for the basic stuff, but depending on what runs it all I was wondering what I would need for other locations.? I may as well run it now while it is easy. Always better to have something and not use it, rather than need it and not have it.
Yep! Check out the Cocoontech WikI for a bunch of ideas:
I have been looking at Niles and Control4 systems mainly, and just recently started looking at the Sonos. I have a large collection of music and movies on my NAS, but see that Control4 is the only device that does video that I have looked at so far. So I was just wondering if I should run CAT6 to the entry way of all the rooms in case I want some sort of control panel later.
Yes, that's the recommended standard to run a cat5e/cat6 to a keypad location which is also where a volume control would go (the WHA speaker wiring should loop through there). That covers most, if not all, systems.
I just have a huge feeling that I'm going to forget something and hate myself for it later.
You will, which is why we recommend getting flex conduit runs to major A/V locations and places where adding wiring later would be difficult or costly (I'd say impossible, but it's really just a matter of money). First floor locations and exterior walls are the more difficult places to reach later. Pre-wire for speakers in just about every room.
I think I need to decide what system I would like to use, then I can get a better idea of what I want to do from there. I like the look of the control4, and the idea that I can control it from anywhere, but I do not like the idea that I can't program it myself. Are there any systems that anyone would recommend I look at over others? I'm sort of open to anything since I really don't have my heart set on anything yet. Right now I have been looking more at speakers since I feel wiring and speakers are a given for any system, so it was a good starting point.
Yeah, there are many DIY-capable systems, they don't tend to be as integrated as Control4 / Crestron. And most of the systems have multiple control methods / devices - I can control audio from keypads or a mobile device / tablet, and that's typical.