Originally Posted by Decelerate
I am trying to figure out how to prewire my home while keeping my options open for any control system.
The video distribution seems straightforward. Just 4 cat6 to each tv location.
And at least one, preferably two RG6 runs.
The audio distribution is confusing me a bit due to the various interfaces for in wall control.
Standard 16/4 to each speaker location is simple enough.
But what do I do for the future keypad/touch screen locations?
I am thinking of doing a cat5e to each future touchscreen location.
I am also planning on putting in cresnet to each future keypad location.
Cat5e to the keypad location is the standard. Loop the 16/4 through that location as well to keep all the future options open.
But what cables would I need if I opt to do Rti or Nuvo or any other system for that matter? Some type of power seems reasonable, but I really don't know what else...
Cat5e. Decent assumption can be made that future controls / keypads / touchscreens will utilize cat5e, and very likely actual Ethernet and PoE.
Also, what would be a reasonable pre wiring budget for a 5k sqft home (10-12 zones audio, 4 video zones)?
Will depend a lot on your location, what the builder already includes as their standard wiring, and how the work will be done. In my build for a similar scope, the builder included 32 wire drops (8 locations of 2xRG6+cat5e and 8 more cat5e) and six audio zones by default. I added 60 additional wire drops and 3 audio zones. I provided the extra wire (Monoprice - I probably spent $300) and would do the extra terminations. The subcontractor gave me a price of $700 for just the additional labor, I don't know what he charged the builder for the first 32 runs + audio zones.
Didn't seem like it that day, but after seeing how much work it would have been for me to really do it myself (I'm experienced, so it wasn't a total shock), I got off easy. I've seen pre-wire quotes in the $2000-2500 range when starting from scratch (materials+labor). That doesn't seem out of line at all.