services (TV, Internet and phone) run on CAT5e or CAT6 wiring
within your home. CAT6 is preferred because it will carry a higher level of
service for future technology needs. All wiring must be home run to a
central location. You should take charge of a couple of things with your
builder, electrician or wiring contractor very early in the build
- Make sure that you specify TV, Internet and phone CAT 5e/6 outlets at every
location that you may even dream of needing those services someday.
A smart TV may need a dual run for data and TV. At the pre-wire phase of
construction, these additions are simple and not costly. If added after the home is
complete, additional outlets can prove costly or even impossible to install!
- Verify that the wiring contractor has a CAT5e/6 home run wiring
specifications outline like the one included below. If not,
call MTCO at 309-367-4197 and we will provide one for the contractor. It is
absolutely critical to your ability to enjoy the full benefits of services that
the in-home wiring is installed properly.
Contractor Wiring Specifications for
- All wiring should be Cat5e or CAT6 data cabling. Cable and satellite services still use
coax cabling, while services are all IP based data network services.
- All wiring must be home-run to a central point in the basement, usually a utility or
furnace room where electrical and HVAC are located. Wiring cannot be
daisy-chained! This includes wiring for data (internet), voice, and TVs.
- There must be an electrical outlet at the convergence point of the wires to power the •
Optical Network Terminal (ONT).
- Voice and Internet/Data outlets require a single Cat5e/6 line per outlet.
- TV jacks: Smart TVs may require 2 Cat5e/6 wires per location. One for the TV
service, plus an internet connection for Netflix and Hulu-type streaming
services. Many TVs can use wireless, but the best solution during construction is
always 2 wires to each TV location to insure the ability to meet customer’s
current and future expectations.
- Remember, services are Cat5e/6 based. You may optionally add coax cables
in the event the homeowner wants the option of Cable and satellite services.
- If interested, you may call MTCO, at 800-859-6826 to schedule a final inspection
before insulation is installed. A Fiber optic or copper cable must also be routed from
the outside of the home to the central wiring point while access is available.
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