What is structured wiring?

The term structured wiring refers to all the non-electrical cables and wires that are installed in a home during construction for use by various home technologies. These cables and wires could be thought of as a highway of c ommunication for home automation, audio, video, telephone, and data.

All of these cables and wires are installed prior to the walls being covered with sheet rock and paint. They start at a central location, a structured wiring enclosure (similar to the breaker panel), and terminate at various outlets in the different rooms of the home. The outlets are designed for plug and play use of cable TV, telephone, and the internet at any or all of the locations.

Structured wiring provides: FLEXIBILITY
• You can put your technology wherever you like.
• With proper planning, technology can be added to as budget allows in the future.
• Change the needs of a room with ease. (i.e. a bedroom becomes a home office)

Fun Ideas
• Link your TV\’s up to a single DVD player—now watch a DVD anywhere in the home.
• Link all your computers through a network—share files, internet, and printers.
• Have fun—play head-to-head gaming in the home.
• Separate phone lines for fax, modems, etc
• Protect your home and family—View security cameras easily from any TV in your home.

DIY Installation Tips:
• When installing structured wiring cables and wires they should not lay parallel to electrical cables, they should be as close to a 90 degrees offset.

• Never use staples directly on cables. Secure structured wiring cables together by first putting a staple into the 2×4. Then slip your tie-wrap through the staple, around the cables, and secure loosely.

When Hiring a Contractor: Be sure that they are licensed and bonded. Each state is different. Some states require test and licensing for structured wiring and other require nothing. At a minimum verify insurance and bonding for your protection.