Originally Posted by horsegoer
When I prewire my home I will be running (3) cat 6 and a coax to each tv. Would it smart to run a fiber to future proof? If so how many strand fiber? Thanks.
The ONLY way to future proof is to run your cabling in a conduit so that any upgrades/repairs that need to be made can be done easier and safer. This is especially true for a/v (HDMI). 1.5" - 2.0" conduit should work for multiple cables. Video technology always outpaces connection technology so upgrading your cabling is practically guaranteed in the future.
As far as CAT-6 goes, I would run solid copper core
CAT-6 (non-CCA and not pre-terminated CAT-6 ethernet patch cable). Just give yourself a nice service loop in the j-box to work with. With solid core you can extend an ethernet connection by terminating with punch down keystone jacks or extend and HDMI connection by terminating with HDBT.
If you are thinking on running fiber for a/v (HDMI), then the recommendation would be hybrid fiber (which is glass fiber wiring surrounded by solid copper wiring). As with any HDMI cable run, distance can work against you regardless of cable type (copper of hybrid fiber) so you may have to be creative. HDMI cabling can not be daisy chained so plan accordingly, and the most reliable HDMI connection is source to sink, with no wall plates, adapters, extenders, etc in-between.
For running HDMI cable the recommendation is Premium High Speed HDMI cable which is certified (for HDMI 2.0) by HDMI.org and comes with a QR label of authenticity. However, they are passive cables (HDMI.org does not allow for certification of active cables) and can only be certified up to 25'.