Installation, Meyer Electrical Services Inc.
Written by Walt Meyer

Smart Home Structured Wiring for Entertainment & Communications

As home builders now offer wiring packages, structured media panels are a standard feature in most new or remodeling projects. Fitted between wall studs, in-wall panels are portals for structured wiring. As the cost of installation and wiring is reasonably low, licensed electricians expert in structured wiring recommend in-wall panels if the homeowner plans to eventually implement smart-home technology.

Ethernet and Future Proofing

 Even though smart-home and Internet of Things (IoT) devices feature wireless networking, many devices still require a wired connection. A good example is an internet router, which requires a wired Ethernet connection to the Internet Service Provider’s (ISP’s) equipment. Future proofing a smart home will be enabled by structured media enclosures and structured wiring.

Ethernet-connected devices are generally more secure than those using Wi-Fi. Moreover, the emergence of 4K video, as exemplified by Ultra HD (UHD) big screens, and the future 8K, will demand Ethernet connections as they may overwhelm the bandwidth of a home’s Wi-Fi network.

Wiring for Structured Media Panels

 The typical entry-level wiring package is a 14” x 14” structured media panel, containing wiring, ports, connectors, and an Ethernet switch or hub. Wires contained are CAT5e or CAT6 networking cable, coaxial Cable TV (CATV) cable, and security wiring.

If installing a cable modem, upgraded internet router, or Gigabit Ethernet switch is later required, more space will be needed, and the heat generated will require venting. For future proofing, a homeowner will need flexibility from the beginning to install future additional components where needed and not be locked into the locations where wall jacks are located.

Structured Media Solutions by Leviton

 Experts highly recommended the Leviton Structured Media Enclosure. According to the manufacturer, it is designed to be the “command central for communications, education, entertainment, and business needs” for a single family home.

The Leviton Structured Media Center (SMC) can service “VoIP, IPTV, fax, multiple telephone lines, video monitoring cameras, intercom, and distributed audio” and can be installed in several areas around your home to meet specific needs.

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