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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
*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.