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  Reply # 1077248 30-Jun-2014 18:46
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Just make sure whoever does it know what they are doing. I know a guy who paid a sparky to wire up his new place with Cat 6 so it was 'future proof'. Trouble was, this was a few years ago when having data cable in homes was still not that common, and the sparky just wired it up daisy chain like he was used to doing for phone wiring. The guy who's house it was didn't know any better, but later on when he moved in and wanted to connect up a few devices to the 'network', he quickly found out that the cabling didn't work.

Basically he paid for Cat 6 cabling that is good for little else than running the analogue phone line around the house.




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  Reply # 1077315 30-Jun-2014 20:21
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Friend had that in their new place. Basically ended up putting a 5 or 8 port switch at most of the former phone outlets. Ugly mess but gets gigabit around the house.




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In a friend's house I asked the sparkie to run incoming cat 6 directly from phone demarc to alarm panel, and a separate one from alarm panel back to wiring closet. What I actually got was demarc to closet, and a single cable from closet to alarm. Of course it wasn't the end of the world, I could use different pairs for alarm in and alarm out, but it was less secure and plain ugly, therefore frustrating. In hindsight I should have drawn detailed diagrams of absolutely everything. Never assume anything, and don't rely on verbal explanations. 

Regarding the TCF cabling recommendations - I find the greater emphasis on coax cabling than cat 5/6 (for TV locations) to be questionable, in view of the likely reduction of the importance of TV broadcasting in our digital future in favour of on-demand via internet. If the budget is limited my own inclination now would be to bias towards the cat 5/6 (or ducting). 




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Thanks for all the responses. A resounding YES. 

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  Reply # 1081506 5-Jul-2014 16:09
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merlinz: Regarding the TCF cabling recommendations - I find the greater emphasis on coax cabling than cat 5/6 (for TV locations) to be questionable, in view of the likely reduction of the importance of TV broadcasting in our digital future in favour of on-demand via internet. If the budget is limited my own inclination now would be to bias towards the cat 5/6 (or ducting). 



I would certainly bias toward Cat5e/6 but a couple of runs of RG6 to each likely TV location isn't a bad idea in the shorter - medium term. There's still demand for broadcast TV (be it terrestrial or satellite) as well as FM antennas.

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