A process for interviewing and communicating with clients is paramount. The panel designer can guess what people like, but that is not a good way to create a good user experience.
A hardware problem that exists undiscovered at the time of systems programming and checkout can cost you double, or even triple. Plus, you have one angry programmer who wonders why the system and equipment has not been properly checked prior to his task.
NIDs (Network Interface Devices) are usually on the outside of the house mounted near the electrical service entrance. A typical structured cabling installation needs TP cables (2 CAT5s) to the telco or cable box and 1 or 2 coax cables (2 RG6s) to the cable box from the distribution center in the home. So someplace the cable has to pass to the outside of the house.
Now it's time to head to the fridge for a cold one, kick off those shoes, and see how many decibels you can make from the MI3 sound track before the neighbors come over for an intervention.
The purpose of SETUP is to make sure that all equipment is wired correctly and functioning properly and to complete as much of the initial equipment setup as possible prior to systems integration.
The primary objective of cable and test verification at this time of the installation is to determine if all the cable required to complete the installation has been installed, is installed correctly and that no significant damage has been incurred by the installers or other trades at the construction site prior making all terminations.
The good news is that home theater equipment is better than ever, and more affordable to boot. In addition, there is much help available, on the Internet or from one of the many qualified custom installation firms in most areas.
Without proper documentation, installation or wiring errors result. This potentially can slow down the entire process significantly. Another important issue is that errors created during the first phases of an installation are subject to what is termed compounding. Compounding results when an issue that exists earlier in the project is not discovered or a resolution is postponed until later.
Whether it be a simple surround sound system or a whole house control system, the most important thing to remember is when to start planning. As an architect or builder, you will find that if you involve a qualified low voltage contractor early in the planning stages, they can make your job easier, less stressful and provide a finished project.
Just remember, your structured wiring panel is an extremely important part of your home and its' overall functionality now and in the future. Be smart about all aspects if this purchase and if you have any questions or doubts, locate a custom installer in your area to have them assist you through this process.
Even with our experience, it came as a real surprise to discover that so many of our customer's justified expectations had been dashed by a lack of true skill and professionalism on the part of the original installers.
Remember, structured wiring is all about being able to use not only today's technologies, but also tomorrow's. Done right, structured wiring will immeasurably improve the liveability of a home for a modest price.
UPB provides a stable and highly reliable alternative for home control, as compared to other powerline carrier technologies. It is highly affordable, delivering the same performance as many hard wired control systems.
As you may have experienced in your own projects, start-up was the hardest part. Once the "plumbing" was in place, the applications we wanted to demonstrate, ranging from video entertainment to music services to showing digital photos on your big screen and much more worked like a charm.
The following three examples are simple home solutions that can be implemented in nearly any home on nearly any budget, using equipment available from X10.com.
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Custom scenes (connecting up to 250 switches) in your living, family or great room, kitchen, study, master bedroom/bathroom, and office. Turn off all lights in your home at the touch of a button. Automatically (Timer Scheduler) turn on/off outdoor security lights, heating and AC, or provide night light convenience anywhere in your home. From creating a virtual 3 way switch anywhere in your home, to turning a group of lights when your garage door is opened, door bell or phone rings.