Originally Posted by DownSouthAV
Jautor, I figured you would be the 1st to cast the stone. I'm just starting to educate myself regarding everything A/V. I am beginning new construction sometime this 4Q and my first step will obviously will be to pre-wire the whole home into a centrally located A/C closet.
Whoa, whoa, whoa there... You mean you're coming here six months before construction starts to get an understanding of A/V Distribution? It's too soon to think about all this stuff, come back the weekend before the drywall goes up.
(Well done - you've got ample time to get into all the pre-wire stuff, and educate yourself about the product categories. Put gear on a short list, but you won't be buying anything for at least a year, so you're a full product cycle away from the stuff you'll actually buy!)
I'd also ask you to request the mods to move your question and these replies to a new thread - if only because it really does deserve it, and might be a nice model for us to point them, ahem, 'last minute' folks to in the future...
As of now my intentions will be to execute the following:
* 2 Cat5e runs to any potential monitor location
* 1 Cat5e run to any future on wall touch panel. (My intentions are to adopt a Control4 system)
* 2 RG6 runs to each monitor location
* BJC speaker wire runs to all potential speaker locations
* Siamese Coax-14/2 cable to any/all surveillance locations
* Pre-wire for alarm locations
*HDMI runs to main HD locations with future intentions to put a vid matrix into the game ( my runs will be relatively short therefore making it more cost effective to run pure HDMI rather than HDMI over Cat5 via balun)
Am I leaving anything out??
Boards are crazy full of VERY useful information. Thanks to all that have provided an infinite amount of reading material.
One more cat5e to each display location would be my recommendation, but if those ALL have HDMI in addition two may be enough. HDBaseT will hopefully be the right answer (both technically and economically) by the time you need it, but there's also the possibility that by mid-2014 you may not need HDMI distribution. Meaning, streaming video / IP-based solutions and whole-house-DVR clients may suffice... But always wire for future flexibility...
Look at the other posts around here about the Local Source Interrupt wiring for areas you might want to share an AVR setup with a WHA zone.
Cat5e (or cat6) wire everywhere - make sure in all main rooms and bedrooms that you'll be able to reach a cat5e/RJ45 jack from anywhere in the room without crossing a door frame. Which usually means 2 or more locations per room. If you run cat5e anywhere, run a second one. (except the keypad locations, one is fine there).
Think about lots of weird locations you might want "something" later - run a cat5e there. You don't have to have them exposed with blank wall plates - properly documented, you can just bury them in the wall and poke them out years later if you need one.
Originally Posted by egnlsn
Might as well include a CAT5e to each camera location in case you decide to do i.p. cameras instead of analog cameras.
Since he's not starting his build until 4th quarter 2013, putting move-in probably 3Q 2014, I think he might want to ditch any mention of "analog" and go IP and never look back.