All 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 Services
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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