Originally Posted by assassin
I have been reading for the past hour trying to find exactly what I will need to install Cat6 and speaker wire in my new house which is now ready for low voltage. I am willing to DIY this if I know exactly what I need for the job.
If it's ready for wiring right now, and you've not done any of this before, Neurorad is right, you should probably get someone to do it. There's a lot of things to learn, especially about not getting in the way of the contractor and doing things that could screw them up.
If anything, let the builder's guys do the work they expect, and then come in afterwards to add your stuff. If you can visit any other homes nearby under construction that have their wiring done and exposed, you can learn a lot by seeing how they've done it and copying.
1. 1000' Spool of CAT6 unshielded single, UTP, solid cable (this is what I have gathered. If this is incorrect please let me know)
Yes, in-wall rated UTP solid. Figure 50-75' per run at least.
2. Some sort of connection crimper plus the connections (do I need Cat6 or Cat5e terminations/connections? Or do I just leave these bare until I use them?)
Leave them unterminated until you know what you're attaching. Wall plates are done with keystone connections, not RJ45's. WHA keypads are usually RJ45 terminated, but if you're not going to install those now, no reason to spend the effort now.
3. Some sort of LAN tester to test the connections (Don't know if this is needed if I don't terminate the connections)
You'll want one eventually - even a basic one that detects the correct wiring and identifies mistakes, shorts and opens can be sufficient.
4. Some sort of labeler
For pre-wiring you can use a sharpie on the cable (if it's the right color!), but a Rhino labeler is the best answer. A regular label-maker with vinyl labels can work, just keep the "flags" small.
5. Speaker wire bundled in 4 that is in-wall rated
You'll want 2-conductor for the runs between the keypads and the speakers themselves. But if you're not going to do keypads (and just pre-wire for them), and don't want to expose a blank plate on the wall, you'll want to just home run the 2-conductor, looping by the keypad location. You don't want to bury any splices in the wall (which would be necessary if you home run 4-conductor and hide the keypad location).