Calling out to any that can help (sbiddle, cyril7, jpwise, richms… anyone?).
We’re renovating our 2 storey home – giving us a 3 bed + study + 2 lounge/living. I’ve managed to persuade my partner that we need to have data cabling and that I have enough skill to do it (she took some convincing!). We have a centralised data cupboard, with all the cable running underneath the house/through walls (all gib is off at present).
So far I’ve run the following amounts of Cat5e to the following areas from the data cupboard
2x -> Master Bedroom
2x -> Bedroom2
2x -> Bedroom3
2x -> Lounge1
4x -> Lounge2 (main)
4x -> Study
Telephone is run separately (we’d already had the electrician install these so too late now) and we are getting an alarm (possibly monitored) installed for the house. My plan is to install a patch panel/box in the data cupboard, which has phone and powerpoints installed in it. Here’s what I want to know (please)
1. What should I do about TV/Video? I’ve read that I should have sky spec’d duo shield RG6 coax run throughout the house – but can’t I just use Cat5e and baluns?
2. Following on from the above question – are “baluns” essentially things that plug in to the RJ45 and coax TV connector, allowing me to run AV over Cat5e (in layman’s terms). Do they work for standard RCA connections?
3. Where can I purchase baluns in NZ? I’m in WLG so any advice for good / cheap over the counter places for my patch panel and racks would be great too.
4. Remote controls – I think I can run IR over Cat5e, with things like Blue Eye IR. Can I get an all in one IR/AV Balun to carry everything I need for SKY in one connection (or multiple cables). That way I can set SKY up in the cupboard and relay it around the house.
5. Do I need a splitter or some kind of distributor for the AV signal over the Cat5e.
What else have I missed? I can increase the number of Cat5e runs pretty easily. Or should I just run coax everywhere?
Thanks a million for your help (of course, the gib goes up in about 3 days so ANY advice is really appreciated)