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Would you guys recommending running Cat5e/6 to each appliance location for future-proofing if i were to ever put in a "Smart" appliance? Does anyone see an adoption of ethernet ports on things like, say, washer/dryer, dishwasher, ovens, ranges, refrigerators? And, would something like that be better suited for wireless anyway?
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It wouldn't be a bad idea to have one "near" locations like that, but as practically no one has wired for Ethernet to the fridge/washer/dryer, I'd be surprised if we ever saw Ethernet jacks on any of those appliance. They'd have to build in WiFi if they had any hope of selling more than two...

I think more likely we'll see appliance talk via powerline or RF for energy management systems, as that can be an actually useful integration - the web-browser-in-the-fridge-door is a novelty. And the small amount of "traffic" these things would generate would be better-suited to the ZWave/zigbee stuff anyway (with less hassle than WiFi setup, too).

But category wire is so cheap, no one here would laugh at you for running a line to the fridge and washer/dryer "in case". biggrin.gif


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