Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Bergen County, NJ
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New home, less wiring the second time!
I recently purchased another home and am doing major renovations to it so a lot of walls are wide open for access to run wire everywhere. But this time around, I'm not going to wire a fraction of what I previously did. Sounds crazy, but I've been reading a lot on the forums again and I can't see the need for it.
In my prior home, an addition about 8-9 years ago opened up walls and I wired the standard 2 RG6 and 2 Cat5e to as many locations as possible. Walls were open, do it once, right? It was a mass of wire and the reality is 90% of it wasn't used and probably never will be. Wireless changed all of that.
So with the walls wide open in my current house, which is larger and has many more rooms to deal with, for the bedrooms I'm going to run just 1 location with 1 RG6 and 1 cat5e. The kids all watch shows on their ipads or laptops, and all of their devices are connected to the network wirelessly. The will probably never need wired, but 1 of each should take care of the just in case situations. For the kids playroom, the family room and probably our master bedroom, in the 1 location that will have the TVs (and tivos, roku, xbox, wii, etc.) I will run 1 RG6, 2 cat5e and 1 cat6. So that should give me the chance to wire those devices if I want to instead of using wireless. The end result should be about 1/4 of the wire that I ran in my first house, which is 1/2 the size of the current one. I will run speaker wire to every room on the 1st floor and outside for whole house audio (sonos) as well.
Any thoughts or something that I'm missing? Thanks!