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Structured Wiring / Future Wiring a Smart Home

Information on Future Wiring a Smart Home:
Cable, internet, phone, speakers, home theater, alarm/surveillance, home automation...
Help on planning, running wires, selecting parts & tools, and building a wiring panel

Structured Wiring for the Home
  • Structured Wiring Basics - High level overview for wiring your home.
  • Types of Wires - Review of the different types of wires you might want to run through the wall or use in your entertainment system.
  • Structured Wiring Plan - Steps to create a wiring plan before you begin with some different ideas on what you might want to do.
  • Sample Projects - Some example wiring plans using different methods to display the information with write-ups of what was done and why
  • Wiring Project Parts Guide - If you are fortunate enough to be able to wire your home while it is still under construction, you will want to make sure you don't forget anything before you drive out to your new home.
  • How to Wire Your Home - How to run wires in the wall, floor, and ceiling of your home before the drywall has been placed.
  • Wiring Existing Homes - Different methods on how to run wires between rooms for your existing home, with diagrams and examples.
  • Terminating Wall Plates - Put the finishing touches on the outlets in each room.
  • The Wiring Panel - The heart of the Structured Wiring Plan, where all wire runs should begin.
  • Wire Conversions - Information on how some wire types can be converted into something different. Useful if your component inputs don't match your outputs.
  • Home Theater Setup - TV & Speaker placement considerations and wiring options for your home theater system.
Security System / Burglar Alarm Planning, Wiring & Programming
  • Alarm Systems - Introduction to Planning and Installing your own Security System.
  • Alarm Components - What are the different components that make up a Security System, from sensors to keypads to the main panel.
  • Planning an Alarm System - Some options with examples on choosing how to make use of the available "zones" in your alarm panel.
  • Tamper Proof Wiring - Understanding the different methods that can be used to bypass an alarm will help you understand some of the wiring conventions used in alarm systems.
  • Wiring an Alarm System - How do wire the different types of powered and non-powered using Normally Open / Normally Closed circuits with and without End of Line Resistors.
  • Sample DSC Alarm - Pictures and Wiring Plans for every necessary component to wire a DSC Power 864 Security System.
  • Programming the Alarm - How to setup the zones, activation codes, and other considerations after your alarm system is wired and ready.
  • Alarm Testing/Maintenance - Testing the alarm system after installation and regular maintenance that should be performed.
  • Wireless Alarms - What you need to know for partial or completely wireless alarm installations.
Surveillance System Wiring, Distribution & Recording
Home Automation
  • Home Automation - Information on automating your home, including remotes, sensors, lighting...
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  The information on this site is provided free of charge. All information provided on this web site is provided 'AS IS'. No guarantee is provided for the accuracy of the information or the application of the information provided herein. I accept no responsibility or liability with regards to the accuracy or currency of the information provided. By using, reading or accessing this web site, you agree to be the user of the information provided. The user accepts full responsibility for all information provided. Although I try to keep the information on this site as accurate as possible, there is no guarantee that my reference materials or the material on this site is correct. This information is provided for reference purposes only! The technical information listed here are for general applications only. When in doubt, always seek the help of a professional! Always consult your local building codes for the most accurate information regarding wiring and electrical codes. All counties and cities have their own building codes which will vary slightly. This web site only addresses some of the most common building codes. Please note that improper wiring could cause you to fail a home inspection, prevent you from selling your home, or even cause a fire.
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