Using technology in the home is such an essential part of modern life that it pays to think of it as a utility. And, like every utility, technology demands a proper infrastructure within the home to ensure that services can be delivered efficiently and reliably.

So, what’s needed to deliver those core technology services that we rely on, typically, the internet, data, TV and communications, without the need for any additional wires, or having to spend time and extra money retrofitting cabling around the home, once the build has been completed?

Cable Infrastructure

A Grade 1 cabling infrastructure is the minimum requirement and involves installing a combination of twisted pair data cable (called Cat5e or Cat6a) in combination with TV & Satellite Coaxial cable (typically called CX100 or WF100) to most rooms in the house, excluding lavatories and bathrooms.

This will allow easy delivery of internet services, home networking, TV, satellite, radio, telephone, conferencing and other entertainment services to these rooms. Modern construction techniques are very unfriendly to high-speed wireless connections (Wi-Fi) and a cable infrastructure will allow the wireless equipment to be located in the best place for good signal strength and speed.

Grade 1 cables must all start from a single location

Known as the ELVHE (Extra Low Voltage Head End). All incoming services should be star wired back to this point. A simple wiring hub should also be supplied as part of the design and, in all instances, cables should be tested, certified, where applicable, and made live. Make sure there is a suitable mains power supply adjacent to any ELVHE equipment and outlets in remote rooms.

It’s important that you think about which services you wish to have in your home before the design and installation stage. This will help you to work out if what you want is achievable, with or without professional guidance. If in doubt, please contact us.

For more information download a free copy of the CEDIA (the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association) Recommended Wiring Guidelines.

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