Wired for the Future

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Older homes often lack sufficient wiring for the burgeoning amount of electronic equipment available to consumers.

December 01, 2002

 

Older homes often lack sufficient wiring for the burgeoning amount of electronic equipment available to consumers. According to the Leviton Institute, you should consider five categories when evaluating how "connected" a home is.

 

  1. Home entertainment: jacks throughout the home for video, high-speed Internet and computer networking; satellite television; multiroom in-wall wiring that drives in-wall or in-ceiling audio loudspeakers for home theater, music or paging/intercom functions.
  2. Communications: telephone jacks throughout the home; a multiline phone system that supports multiple extensions; an intercom system to page and speak with household members.
  3. Computer networking and Internet sharing: a home area network that lets the homeowner share information and peripherals with family members; a broadband Internet connection such as DSL, cable modem or direct broadcast satellite.
  4. Security: a security system that sounds an alarm and reports to a central station; a closed- circuit TV system that distributes video signals from surveillance cameras in and around the home.
  5. Comfort and convenience: a multiroom lighting control system that coordinates programmed lighting; a home automation system that controls lights, appliances, heating, cooling and security systems; energy-management controls integrated with the home automation system to maximize energy efficiency; remote controls for motorized window coverings.

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