Having lots of work done on the house and one of the rooms being built is a den...sorry office for me. The builders are asking me waht sort of cabling I want to have...i'm not sure I know what they mean! they keep asking me if I want Cat 5 cabling...anybody got any advice ?
Are builders putting in cable trunking? I presume there would be a cost and that this cabling isn't in a fixed price. You could always add cabling later as it sounds like you have no plans that would need a network in the study.
Decide where your equipment is going to be situated and create a cable trunking system that will allow you to fit the cables afterwards. Also consider the other utilities that may be required, TV point, Cable point, Telephone socket. And make sure you have sufficient sockets, Probably end up with as many as 10 required depending on how technophobic you are.
Cat 5e is the standard cabling used in communications throughout the business world.
New Cat 6 cabling allows faster data exchange, but comes at a premium - usually twice the price of Cat 5e.
You will only need Cat 5.
If you are going to run power AND data cables within a cable duct, ensure that there are separate compartments within the duct (or trunking) as power/data cables should be kept apart to stop power/data leak.
My house is now finished, and I have cat 5 cabling througout the house. If I now want to store all DVDs, pictures, and music on the PC, but play them anywhere in the house, then as far as I know I need some sort of switching box, and a Media centre/set top box. Does anybody know if I need multiple media centres to play the files anywhere in the house, and how much is all of this kit likely to cost me. If iI need to search for these items online, what is the technical term for these bits of kit ?