We're thinking about building and so I've started to think about what makes a "smart home". For me, I'm not particularly interested in home automation as such (like lighting schedules, automatic blinds etc), but am interested in making sure that the correct cabling is in place for home networking, television and security.
I'd be interested to hear about experiences from anyone who has been down this track already.
Some specific questions that spring immediately to mind would be...
- Did you use a specialist vendor for the design and/or implementation, if so who and how well did this work?
- In terms of structured cabling, did you use the same cable specification (i.e. Cat 6) for security, network and telephony cabling? If so, are there any pitfalls to be aware of (i.e. problems powering security sensors over Cat 6 for example)?
- How many cables did you run, was that enough, or would you have run more or less if you had the chance to do it again?
I'm sure theres no one right answer to most of the questions, but like I say, I'd be interested in hearing about peoples experiences - especially things that worked well, and things that worked not so well :)