The Growth and Increased Need for Residential Network Installations



array of color patch cordsThe growth of broadband and the increase in use of on-demand music, movies and TV have left homeowners needing to access the Internet all around their homes. While wireless is an attractive option, it does have its limitations, especially if the house has been built to current insulation regulations.  Some foil faced wall-board has an adverse affect on wireless signals.  The sensible solution is to install a wired data network system. As nothing is as reliable as a copper wire, a proper wiring infrastructure will save you money and possibly a few headaches down the road.   

If you have never installed a data network before, don't panic; it is as easy as any other wire-based system, especially since the main cable used is the Cat5e/Cat6 network cable that is commonly used for computers and phone systems, and costs very little. In fact, any system that doesn't use this cable should be avoided. A non-standard infrastructure will limit the flexibility, future upgrade potential and usability of the installation.  If you partner network cabling with other standard cables such as RG-6, you will start to establish a reliable wiring framework for the systems to connect from or communicate via, and will keep data secure and robust.

A proper wiring infrastructure will save you money in the long run. Of course, it is possible with a wireless system, but latency is improved over wire, and you will get fewer problems with slow buffering. Considering the cost and obtaining a properly designed and implemented structured wiring system should be the first thing on any job's plan.  The key is to adopt a methodical and structured approach to running the network cable around the home/project.  Once the right cable is run to each room, it’s a simple job to terminate network, video, HDMI, coax cableseach cable using the specified termination for the required equipment. The wiring Module is normally at the heart of the system and would normally be located where the main services enter the home; from there, the systems wiring would feed out to the various locations.

The wiring Module has generally TV/RF/UHF and satellite cables directed into it from various antennas. These are then split out to the various rooms via runs of the appropriate coax cable and cat5E cabling, and are installed to each room's break-out point. As technology expands, many installations include up to four runs of coax and six network cables. This enables a huge number of output options from that point, depending on how the wires are connected back at the wiring Module and terminated in the room. 

A DSL or broadband filter board, like most of the available modules, clips straight into a frame and provides an organized solution for the user, which  means that you do not  have little filters hanging off all of their phone sockets, as it is done centrally. It is easy to install modems, routers and many additional services for your system in the Module. This type of system is so flexible that it can utilize a NAS drive that enables all of your CDs and DVDs to be stored centrally and then viewed or listened to on any connected TV or local system across the network!