Components of a home wiring system
An advanced home wiring system is usually comprised of three main components:
The Service Center:
The service center is the part where all outside services enter the home, including cable TV, telephone, DSS satellite, Internet, etc. This central hub distributes these services to locations throughout the house in a way similar to how the electrical breaker panel controls electricity flow.
High Performance Cables:
Certain services like digital satellite, high-speed Internet, and digital TV require high-performance cables to allow full access throughout the home. Most systems include RG-6 quad shielded coaxial cable for TV and video, and Category 6 or better twisted-pair cable for telephone and data. Coaxial cable provides maximum protection from interference with your TV picture. Category 6 or better cable provides high-speed access to multiple phone lines without cross-talk. These cables deliver all the performance you need today while providing the capacity to handle tomorrow’s technologies.
The outlets in each room determine which services are available in that room. Each outlet can be customized to a consumer’s specific needs based on which services are desired in each room (cable, Internet access, telephone, etc.). Without the proper outlets, the high-performance wiring behind the wall is of little value.
Regardless of size, location, or cost of a home, incorporating TIA/EIA 560/570 standards can add value to the home at resale and effectively ensure optimum access to all developing home communication, entertainment, security, and control technologies. A connected home can be achieved today with minimal investment and is not limited to customer construction.