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Ultimate Geek

# 82206 24-Apr-2011 09:41
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Hi, great forum.

I was directed over here by some of the folks on Audioenz.

I have read through the sticky in this thread by Cyril and subsequent blog by sbiddle on what should go into a new house for networking etc.

We are about to embark on a new house which I had wanted to wire for networking in most rooms plus office plus 7.1 home theatre in the lounge incl dual projector/plasma requirement.

I have seen something like the ST2000A sigtech box as seen]. Its going to be a 4 bedroom house so Im guessing that I may need more data ports (these look to be scaleable?), does this look like the right sort of distribution unit?

I assume that I simply patch one of the ports to an adsl router/modem and that means any of the ports has net access and that I don't need another switch (or whatever it may be called) to set up a home network?

Before I embark on such a project, I can't see anywhere on the sigtech site about prices, nor can I find anythng, not to sure if this is commercially senstive information, but "ballpark" how much would one of these set me back and can these be purchased by normal people?

I spoke to one company in Christchurch about quoting for this plus an alarm, the person said that cat6 would be a requirement, but reading through the post, it would seem that cat5e is quite sufficient for most uses?

In terms of our requirements, I guess we may add network media players at some point streaming a max of 1080p, but I really can't see this happening too soon in the future.

I have enough knowledge/skill to be dangerous but not quite enough to do this sort of thing without guides, any tips and/or help would be much appreciated



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Uber Geek


  # 462108 25-Apr-2011 11:41
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The ST2000A looks like an enclosure only, with terminations. but probably perfect for what you are looking at.

By the looks of it, you will still need a network switch to connect all your LAN connections from all your rooms. Probably a 12 port 1gig rack switch.

As for the wiring, Cat5e is OK for current spec ( up to 1Gig networks ), but of you are going to the expense of putting in cabling behind the walls, Cat6/6a would be the way to go, and will allow some future proofing. It will allow speeds to 10G networking.

My thoughts are no longer my own and is probably representative of our media-controlled government

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Master Geek

  # 463345 28-Apr-2011 13:07
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Alrighty, I will tackle this one. Please watch this space and I'll write it up.

Were you wanting to redistribute Sky / UHF around the house as well? 

this is a slap in the face!


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  # 463351 28-Apr-2011 13:24
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Get Cat6. It is more future proofed. I do notice the extra speed over cat5e, even though in theory cat5e should do gig speeds.

You will need a switch - my tips-

-don't buy a cheapo - i did (cnet switch) and it broke the other day.
-Lifetime warranty
-fanless , specially if in a closet adjoining a bedroom.

My new switch is perfect, HP Procurve V1410-24G, fanless, life time warranty, 24 ports.

Don't know about that sigtech box. Doesn't do cat6 though.

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Wannabe Geek

  # 470879 18-May-2011 23:39
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usually when undertaking a home design, I would advise to run data cat5/6 to all your TV points, data outlets.  probably a decent quality cat6 solid core to be safe.  (although its hideous to terminate with a big bit of plastic down the middle.)  As someone else posted, a good switch, not a cheapy.  One installation that recently done is to put in a main NAS drive and use a playonHD box at each TV.  works pretty well, for streaming video and audio, internet radio etc.  regards to the projector setup, if it is a long run to the hub of equipment, say 15m or more best to run cat 6 and baluns for the HDMI,  dont buy a cheap set, they dont work.  Ive had good results with the Kordz brand.  No 3D yet.  Magenta baluns are also good, use 1 run cat6, still not 3d.  Also, when you come to terminate the cat6, you need to make sure the 2 cable runs are the same length, so be tidy with the cable runs.  Be aware of incompatibility issues between major receiver and TV brands not passing the HDCP info.  Research well and find a good installer in your area, if not to do it, then to give you a hand.

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  # 473585 24-May-2011 19:11
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Have a look at as well, they have some great pricing especially with the NZ dollar being strong against the greenback.

Some of the items on thei rsite are sold on a well known NZ AV site for 2-3 times the price....

As an aside does anyone have any comment about what cables to run from the telecom box on the street to a new build? Just wondered if this had changed at all with the fibre rollout?

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  # 473860 25-May-2011 12:05
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shadybrothers: Alrighty, I will tackle this one. Please watch this space and I'll write it up. 

Good on ya mate!

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  # 473871 25-May-2011 12:22
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Check out the TCF Premises Wiring guidelines, the 2010 version is solid but the 2011 draft contains updated reccomendations for UFB etc

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