Just about to wire up a new house (3 level) for audio, video, data and IR distribution.
Just tossing up whether to go with a distribution hub or just to distribute directly from behind the AV cabinet.
There are pros and cons for both but would be interested in your thoughts.
The ground floor will only have phone and data.
The first floor will have phone and data as well as a rumpus room with large wall mounted flat screen and all the electronic goodies (AV receiver, MySky and Blu-ray) in an AV cabinet as well as 5.1 surround. There will also be another wall mounted flat screen in the lounge with ceiling speakers in the lounge and dining area just for a 2nd zone source from the AV receiver in the rumpus room.
The second floor will have another flat screen with data and phone.
All areas with flat screen will also have IR sensors back to the AV gear.
Planning on running cat6 for phone, data and IR distribution. Tossing up whether to distribute HDMI via cat6 or direct runs of HDMI. Will have MySky in the AV cabinet and an HDMI splitter to all flat screens.
Will have a centrally based router and will probably install access points on each floor to give a reasonable wifi coverage.
I plan on running multiple runs of RG6 for Sky and Freeview.
Haven't installed a hub before but have done the direct distrinution from behind the AV cabinet and it worked well.
As an aside - do sparkies normally run the phone lines when doing their install? I must ask the sparkie that.
I intend to future proof as much as possible by running multiple cat6 to each room - cheap enough to do before the gib goes on.
If anybody has a good source for the distribution hub hardware I would be interested in a point in the right direction.
Finally - I can't see anything that states you have to be qualified or certified in any particular thing to run audio, video or data cabling in a residential address. Is that correct?
Hope that all makes sense - I look forward to your replies.