In this day and age with the plethora of devices that can be introduced into the home the biggest problem is, where to start? How do you start to install those fancy gadgets that are supposed to give you hours of pleasure? Do you really have to read that manual? Ideally? Yes! (groan.)
There are so many different services available to the home these days. More than just the TV and telephone.
Gone are the days when It was just the computer that would access the internet. Most tech devices on offer have at least the facility or option to connect to the internet in some shape or form.
Before we go into the who installs or who can install and when. We will go over the services that come into your house. Where they go and what happens next. Minimum recommended requirements and more.
So! What are we talking about when we say services? You’ll be used to the services such as electricity and gas. These allow devices in your home to function, such as the cooker or lights, switches are used to control them. The additional services with the modern home are: Satellite, Telephone, Audio, lighting, Home Network, CCTV , Security Monitoring, Energy Control,and Home Automation.
Sounds like a lot, and sounds like a huge amount of additional cabling? Maybe not as much as you think.
The first thing to consider with home technologies is ‘distribution’. The idea here is to get maximum use from the services in your home. Don’t be stuck in one room listening to that CD or watching that video channel. The technology available to you now allows you to be anywhere in your home, for you and your family to listen and watch any source in any location, independently from each other.
So enough of the jargon! Where do we start?
First thing is to realize that the incoming signals required for these kind of systems are normally already installed in your home. The thing is we need to centralize the signals. Once they are centralized in a ‘Head End’ we can then distribute those signals throughout the house. The issues that arise from moving the cables can include a number of factors.
Such as: the cables have been in for years, they have been painted over, they are behind skirting boards, they cant be found, there isnt enough cable to run to the central location….
All these are prime reasons why you would want to renew the cables, tidy them up and hide them from view. Thus visually wire free, easy to maintain and a reliable service.
Some tips include, there is whats called a demarcation point on your phone line. From this point outwards its BT’s responsibility, in the way is your responsibility. A simple phone call to ask BT to move the demarcation point to your chosen Head End cabinet. This will bring telephone, extensions and broadband into the cab ready for distribution.
When the satellite engineer comes to your home and tacks those cables to the skirting board and over the door frame, ask him politely to desist and to run those cables into the central Head End cab too. Roof top aerials, radio antennas etc should also be run to this location.
So whats the Head End?
The head end is normally a cabinet, it can be metal or plastic where patch panels are mounted. The incoming service cables are terminated on these panels as are the incoming connections from the various locations in the premises.
The Various distribution devices are then installed and connected to their relevant patch panel ports.
Head end Cabs vary in size from the basic to the expert systems that control everything from your services to home cinemas, energy, lighting and more. The worlds your oyster.
Ok so whats the next stage?
So the point of the system is to distribute those incoming signals to the far reaches of the home. So from the central Head End we run a specified amount of cables to defined locations. With a basic system these will ensure the effective and reliable delivery of internet services, home networking TV, satellite, radio, telephone, conferencing and other entertainment services to the locations in the house.