In this data-driven day and age if you have a technical or electronic question you can simply pull any teenager with some sort of electronic in hand off the street and they can answer it for you. And their answer would be right! That is the age we live in – everyone is electronically connected! All the more reason why you should wire your home for data as well. With Smart TVs, wireless laptops, iPads and iPhones, this is the only way to go!
So let’s cover some basic terms to understand before you wire your home for data and electronics.
What is a Node Zero?
You may hear this term thrown around quite a bit. It is good to know what it is. Node Zero is the exact location in your home where all the data wires will come together, sort of like a congregation spot, so to speak.
How many cables should go to each room?
This is something that only the homeowner can answer. It will really be determined by the homeowner-determined function for each room. You probably want more data cables in a den or a TV room than you do in the restroom, of course. Generally in larger living areas it is a good idea to install 2 near each socket.
Cat5, Cat5e, and Cat6: What do I need?
This is really left up to the needs of the homeowner again and their use of wired services. A cat5 operates on 100Mb/s, a cat5e operates on 1000Mb/s, and a cat6 operates on 10000Mb/s. So the version that is needed in your home depends on what and how often the service is used.
There are three main reasons why people choose to have their homes wired. While sheer convenience is a big factor, reliability, speed, and security play a role as well. Security is one of the most sought-after features because it makes wired networks work so much better.
Having your home wired for data is electronics is by far one of the smartest decisions you can make when it comes to bettering your investment in your home.