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Why Structured Wiring is Essential to the Connected Home

The ideal smart home automation system is built upon a strong foundation of structured wiring. While wireless systems are quickly becoming the new norm, having multiple wireless devices active at the same time in your home can weaken overall signal strength and create interference. Communication between devices can be slowed down or disrupted. Therefore, in order to create a reliable home automation network, whether it’s wired or wireless, stable wired connections must be installed throughout the home.

Problems with Wireless Popularity

As the popularity of wireless technologies grows, many homeowners are becoming subject to or complacent with poor network connectivity.

Even though a Z-Wave hub, for example, supports a mesh network of connected sensors and switches, the hub still shares signal strength with your home PC, your smartphone, laptop, and other Internet-connected devices. We are not downplaying the usefulness of a wireless system, but it shouldn’t be the only connection option in your home.

This is where a smart structured wiring system can best perform. A well-planned cabling network, whether it’s for a completely new installation or a simple reorganizing of loose or poorly assigned wires, can greatly improve the network performance of your home systems.

This way, you can use hard-line data connections for your PC, set-top box, or gaming consoles and leave your Wi-Fi network open and uncluttered for your wireless automation system. An ideal home network balances out the use of wireless and wired connections for complete home coverage.

Building a Structured Wiring System

Configuring a structured wiring system depends on the layout of your home and how you want to utilize your network. Knowing what you want to control, how many connection points are available/needed, and where you want to place devices all contribute to the shape and effectiveness of your structured wiring.

Your structured wiring system starts within a wiring panel or enclosure. The enclosure houses the central component or controller of your system, along with any splitters, wireless transmitters, and access points necessary for wired connections. Purchase a wiring panel or enclosure that has room to fit all necessary components and that can be placed in an optimal location in your home.

The next step is to include or install the appropriate modules, devices, and inserts across your home. For example, if you want to add a wired Internet connection to a bedroom, you would need to install an Ethernet wall insert or use a module to convert a coax insert into a data access point.

If you are adding multiple connections to a single room, such as multiple phone lines or audio/video devices, adding a signal splitter will save room and cable by using a single access point to deliver signals to your connected devices.

Use Wired and Wireless Connections Together

Finally, after laying down all of your wired infrastructure, include any wireless transmitters/receivers into your system. If you are using wired connections for your PC, audio system, or TV, you can potentially free up more bandwidth for your wireless devices to work with. Using wireless and wired connections together reduces interference from various devices, ensuring reliable connections and communication throughout your home.

Start upgrading or building your home wiring system by visiting www.homecontrols.com for the best structured wiring products available today. Our expert tech support team is also available by phone, chat, or email to help you discover the best way to improve your home systems with structured wiring, and to recommend the ideal products for the job.

 

About Lucas Concepcion (29 Articles)
Contributing Author to homecontrolsblog.wordpress.com

1 Comment on Why Structured Wiring is Essential to the Connected Home

  1. One addition: When planning a structured wiring installation or retrofit on a home, especially in a fringe or rural location, *please* include one or two weatherproof Cat-5A or Cat-6 cables along with the coax cables you run to your rooftop. Even better, install a conduit between your cabinet and a rooftop location so additional outdoor cabling can be added as needed. Thank you!

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