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Hi,


I'm building my first home with the help of my father-in-law (I know). This house is a "super-spec" meaning I plan to live here no longer than 3 years, but I want that "plus, plus" house in the neighborhood and structured wiring could be worth my time.


I have access to wholesale electronics/components through my work. Not everything, but some options: Arlington, Audiobahn, Crest, Ethereal, Jamo, JVC, Luxul, Monitor Audio, Niles Audio, Nuvo Tech, Onkyo, Peavey, Polk Audio, QPower, RTI, Sanus, Soundcast, Structured Cable Products, Universal Remote, Vanco, Wyrestorm, Xantech, Yamaha


I'm responsible for the 'low-voltage' wiring in the house and here's my plan:


Layout
Master Bed

Master Bath

Master Closet

Bed 1

Bed 2

Main Bath

Den

Living/Dining/Kitchen - Principal Audio/Entertainment

Bonus

Garage

Laundry




Ethernet - CAT 5e (option Phone)
Master Bed

Bed 1

Bed 2

Den (2x)

Bonus (2x)

Living (4x)

Garage


Cable - RG6
Master Bed

Bed 1

Bed 2

Den

Bonus (2x)

Living (2x)


Audio - 12/4
Living (2x)

Master (2x)

Master Bath (1x)

Master Closet (1x)




I need to understand a few thing:


1) Is this enough? Period


2) Multi-Room Audio recommendations?

- speakers

- controls

- amps

- ??? = profit


3) Ethernet/Phone distribution options? ( I have no plans for phone, but I will wire my CAT5e compatible)


4) What did I miss?



I know i'm asking a lot, but any input would be greatly appreciated as I'm drowning in information and confusion.


Thanks


taylorjes
 

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Originally Posted by bdizzle  /t/1525455/new-home-structured-wiring-system-first-try#post_24560833


Don't worry breh, @jautor will be in here shortly with some good advice
 

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Originally Posted by taylorjes  /t/1525455/new-home-structured-wiring-system-first-try#post_24558769


1) Is this enough? Period

I would call it the minimum "acceptable"...


If you're only planning to stay here
 

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I would run cat6 to each room. Cat5e isn't good enough if you have a lot of video you're trying to move around. You could add one cat6 and multiple cat5e, I guess, which I've done (as not everything needs cat6).
 

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Hi Sorry for the delay, lack of hours in my week.


I wanted to get a few more details into this conversation:


I'm building in Whatcom County, Northwest Washington State:

- average home value: $262k

- average income: $50k

- four electricians i spoke with didn't know what structure wiring was


My house:

- estimated valuation (based on construction budget and pre-construction appraisal) : $325k

- estimated electrical budget (based on bid from current electrical contractor [not doing low-voltage]): $7500



So I've just finished up plumbing the house and I'll be starting in on low voltage wiring tomorrow. I think i'm going to nix all the extras and go basic; i spoke with a neighbor he said that none of the houses in the neighborhood have any pre-wiring other than standard "builder" tv and phone (1 tv, 2 phone)


So I'm going to go "basic" in:

RG6/CAT5e - bed 1, bed 2, den (2x), master bed, bonus (2x), and living

CAT5e - kitchen (primary phone)

CAT5e - central closet


I've ordered:


Leviton 28" Enclosure w/ flush door 47605-28W

Leviton Power & Surge Protector 47605-DP



Planning on ordering:


Leviton 1x8 Port CATV Module 47690-8C

Leviton 12 Port CAT 5e Twist & Mount Patch Panel 476TM-512

Leviton 8 Port Switch 47611-8PT

Leviton Universal Mounting Shelf 47612-UBK

Leviton Push-Lock Pins - Bag Of 20 47615-NYL



We'll see how everything goes. My electrician wants me to run the wires but wait to install the panel till after his rough-in inspection.


Thanks again


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In an effort to be less weird, I installed an additional cat5e line to the den, kitchen, and bonus. There's your telephones cavemen....


Next on the list is audio:


I'm interested in the benefits of this:


Leviton - SGAMP - Spec-Grade Sound 6-Zone, AutoSurge System Matching Module


vs


Leviton - 48211-6A - 1x6 Passive Audio Module


I'm assuming both router the audio via:


Reciever -> Amp -> Module -> Volume Controls -> Speaker Pair


thanks


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Just learnt that impedance matching basically protects equipment and provides for a more stable volume level (?)


does this matter in the long run?


what type of amp should i start looking for as i have a pretty basic Onkyo home theater setup with a simple "Zone 2" setup


thanks


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If you buy 2 boxes of cat 5e and one of cat 6 you can pull all 3 to each room at once.

Cat5e for phone one for data 6 for high speed data / video.
 
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