Networking, Entertainment, and Security Wiring for the Home

Project: Habitat for Humanity, Episode 12, Part 2

Special guest B. Smith drops in to help with the interior design of the children's bedroom, by applying a colorful wainscot pattern along the wall (a project parents and kids can do together).

Carpenter Bob Ryley talks to Ken Frankel (from Lucent Technologies) about the Homestar wiring system, a high-speed cable and internet connection. And, finally, it's back to the community of Civano in Tuscon, AZ to look at some alternative construction methods.
Part 1: Decorative Painting Techniques With B. Smith
Part 2: Networking, Entertainment, and Security Wiring for the Home
Bob Ryley meets with Ken Frankel (from Lucent Technologies) to discuss the new HomeStar wiring system. Ryley points out the outlet part of the system on the wall. These outlets, of which there are six in the house, connect to the basement.

Ken explains that the HomeStar system takes care of television, phone, internet, and security for homeowners. Homeowners can be sitting in the living room and, without getting up, see who is at the front door. (Cameras are linked into the television for exterior and interior monitoring).

Ryley then shows us the hybrid wire, consisting of three wires on the inside. The first is a cable wire for television; the second is for video distribution and security monitoring; and the third is for telephone and computer.
Bob Vila introduces the latest in sustainable materials and efficient building techniques on a Habitat for Humanity build. This project documents a five-day process that transformed an empty lot into a snug, comfortable, and sustainable home in Yonkers, NY.