was smart enough to run cat 5e throughout the home.
While this sounded impressive to me I reall yhad no
idea what this would mean for me. I heard terms like
Home automation and "smart homes" but really did not
know how to apply it.
I have a pretty good baseline knowldege of computers
and networking and have done some IT work but this is
an area I have never explored.
I move in in one week and I have a few issues.
#1. Home audio/video: In a miscommunication, the house
was not pre-wired for a home audio system per se. I
understand after doing some reading that cat5e can be
used for this..my question is How? I assume I need some
form of transmitter from the audio/video source and a
similar receiver/decoder on the other end? DO I need
one at EVERY access point, or is this something that is
piped down the cable and anything plugged into it can
access it? Could I plug my PC in and pipe MP3s
throughout the house?
#2 We have a hard-wired alarm system (very basic
intrusion only) I want to add glass break sensors and I
also need to add fire-alarms for insurance reasons. I
am being told this MUST be done WIRELESS? It seems the
Cat 5e should also be able to carry that same
I know I am very green here and I have a siginificant
amount to learn. I appreciate anything you can offer on
these 2 questions as well as a source or two that might
educate me on utilizing the existing Cat 5e wiring,
most of what I am finding stresses X10 and it seems
that it would be counterproductiove to use X10 when I
have cat 5e