Originally Posted by sid369
Ok so I met with the Guardian company rep yesterday and he was trying to sell us everything.
A Salesman tried to sell you stuff???
He started with security, which will be $45 a month and we will have to be with them for 5 years. Since they are giving us equipment worth $2000 ( to break even and make a little profit) his words. He said its a GE platform which we can expand to automation etc. later.
5 years is a long contract, but the rest is not out of line for an installed system.
I think I will get the security system later through another vendor. However my question is do I need to pre-wire for security system as well?
Definitely want the pre-wiring at a minimum.
TV over fireplace $440, it includes 1 hdmi, coaxial and I other cable which I forget now.
Should be a cat5e. You should really consider another location for the TV. This "TV over fireplace" trend is awful. The TV will generally be too high on the wall for comfortable viewing while sitting.
5.1 pre-wiring $570
7.1 pre-wiring &750
Extra Cable or Data outlet -$95 each.
Those are in-line - but if they do the surround wiring, make sure you specify the speaker locations. Left alone, these can be placed in "poor" locations, especially in-ceiling locations for the L/C/R speakers. Avoid that.
So help me here so that I get this right
1 cable outlet family room
1 cable outlet master bedroom
1 cable outlet in study (thinking of setting up the Verizon router in the study) He said to have the router in the basement near the Box and then run a data cable to the study. I am not sure about this part.
1 data outlet for phone in kitchen.
Router needs to be the first device after your modem, and before you distribute Ethernet to the rest of the house. This is normally placed in the central wiring location (along with the modem).
Now, the family room as I image will have a TV stand which will have the receiver and then all the wires will go into the receiver and tv.
I am not sure where to put the router? If I put the router in the study, how will I be able to connect the Ethernet to the receiver and xbox and TV (for Netflix). Do I need to have an extra data outlet in the family room.
Placing the router elsewhere (other than the central wiring enclosure) means you'll need two data cables to that location, and then an additional Ethernet switch in the wiring enclosure to distribute Ethernet throughout the house. If you move your modem (and have enough wire run) to the study, you can do it that way, but the wiring topology may not be optimal for CATV, for example.
The way he explained (which was not very easy) is to have the router in the basement and then have data outlets in the rooms that I want to get Ethernet connection.
That is correct.
However, my reasoning is that ipad and MacBook airs don't have wired connectivity, everything is wireless. except for where there is the tv and receiver where I need ether connections.
Yes, everything is wireless except for the things that aren't.
I also asked if I could pre-wire for outdoor speakers and any other room, its $275 for a pair.
Not unreasonable, but not cheap.
I then asked if I could from the pair have one prewired for the patio and the other for another room . he said that it should be done in pairs. I don't know if he is right. This will be for zone 2 music..
You should wire speakers in pairs.
I have attached an image and the possible positioning of tv and pre-wires (what do you guys think for the pre-wires that I have marked. Not sure where the subwoofer outlet be positioned.
Are you thinking in-wall or in-ceiling for the surrounds? In-wall those locations look ok - for in-ceiling they don't. That diagram shows the TV on a different wall than the fireplace - which would be much better. Which way are you thinking, or were you just quoting his pricing for those services?