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Wiring Overview


What Wiring To Look For In A Spec Home

The Hamptons are full of beautiful new homes; with spec houses going up in record numbers.  While we there is no denying that many of the houses are absolutely exquisite, a large number of these structures do not have the proper wiring to support current home technology such as automation, cell boosters, distributed AV, motorized window treatments, and other popular features one expects to find in a high end home.

At HTE, we've made a significant investment educating architects, builders, and designers about home technology through training courses and additional documentation. While we continue to inform industry professionals on how to plan and wire for smart homes, we also want home buyers  to know what to look for. Knowing what type of wiring should come standard in a high end home will save you time and money. 

Wiring Overview

We begin with a general overview of what to look for at the showing of a spec home.  We then explain each of these point in detail by category.

General

  • It is ALWAYS less expensive to wire a home when the walls are open during construction than to snake a wire through the wall after the fact.
  • Without an internet connection, your home automation would not work. Your home technology cannot exceed your network's capabilities.
  • A hardwired internet connection is better than a wireless signal.
  • Multiple wired runs are needed to extend Wi-Fi and cell phone coverage.
  • Wires can "hide" in the walls if you don't need them and be terminated (connected) if you do need them.
  • CAT 6 cables can be used as Ethernet cables to carry data or paired with a balun to transport a video signal.
  • Every room should have at least one CAT 6 run, locations like media rooms, bedrooms, and offices should have multiple runs.
  • Look for a control closet.
  • Speaker wire should be run throughout the house.
  • Are there low voltage runs to the windows?  This is especially important in homes with large or unusually shaped windows.  This is also essential for homes with skylights.

Network Wiring


Network Wiring


Your Network Controls Your Technology

"Your internet is as important to your automation as your pipes are to your pluming."

This common phrase is constantly repeated in our industry.  It is important that homeowners and industry professionals alike understand that a strong reliable network is essential to all home technology.

Networks Explained

The internet comes into your home through a wire that is connected to your modem.  Sometimes another wire runs from the modem to a router, other time both the modem and the router are combined into a single piece of equipment (that you get from your internet provider).

Your router generates a Wi-Fi signal in addition to providing extra LAN (wired) ports. In a small house with minimal signal interference, a single router can broadcast a strong enough signal to support an entire house. 

What If the wireless signal created by the router is not strong enough for the entire property?  

We run Ethernet cables from the router to wireless access points (WAPs) which boost the wireless signal.  It is important to understand that WAPs MUST be hardwired.  Additionally we use Ruckus equipment, to ensure your Wi-Fi signal does not drop out, that your wireless is secure, and that your network isn't compromised by signal interference (essential in Manhattan).

Cell boosters work the same way as wireless access points.  They are hardwired throughout your house to expand your coverage area, but instead of boosting your Wi-Fi, they enhance your cell phone reception.

 

Hard Wire As much as you can

why should you worry about hard wiring? 

  • A hardwired connection is needed to extended your wireless network.

  • A hardwired connection is ALWAYS faster and more reliable than a wireless connection.

  • Hard wiring allows for additional technical support, often reducing or completely  eliminating the cost of a service call.*

*Pricing comments reflect HTE practices and policies. Charges may vary based on integrator. 

 

Will you see the wires?

We suggest that a Cat 6 wire be run to every room with multiple runs in locations such as living rooms, bedrooms, and offices. Running wires while the walls are open during construction cost significantly less than snaking them through the walls once construction has finished.