Smart Home Technology Prewire Planning

Design And Installation

What Is A Smart Home Prewire?

1) To install a wiring system in advance of it being used or needed.

A smart home pre-wire is what happens when we run all wires for low voltage, security and smart home technology while the home is being built and before the drywall phase is completed, This method is contrast to retrofitting a smart home system after the build has been completed.

While planning on building or fully remodeling a home in Austin Texas, It’s important to add low voltage wiring for security, audio video, network/wifi and smart home automation.

Smart Home Automation Pre-Wiring Checklist

What Should We Prewire For In Our New Home?

Home automation is changing the way we live in our homes. If you think you’d like to make your home smarter in the future, pre-wiring is a great first step to take.

New Home Network And Wi-Fi Prewiring

Your network can be set up wirelessly using a Mesh, but you will always find a stronger more stable result through a wired system.

  • You won’t have a wireless limit on how much information can be transmitted.

  • Hardwired network design multiplies the level of bandwidth capability.

If reliable device connectivity is a priority in your new home, pre-wiring for data is the only way to make this happen.


Your security system can be installed using wireless methods after the home is built, but you will always have a more reliable result through a wired security system.

  • Wireless systems need to have all batteries replaced once a year on all devices and contacts.

  • Pre-Wired Security systems have almost no yearly maintenance.

  • You can pre-wire a security system while you build and wait to implement the security monitoring later.

  • Wireless Security systems cost more than a wired security system

Plan For Future Fiber

Unlike most cities, Austin Texas is a “High Speed” network city and we need to prepare for this during construction if we want to take advantages of these speeds.

100% Wifi Coverage

So many smart devices need strong WiFi signals to operate and update properly. We recommend adding a Cat6 network wire to all rooms that you want great performance in. Large homes depend on every room being wired for WiFi.

Think About Upgrades

Think ahead by FIRST adding a conduit run from the DMARK or service location to an attic area you can reach after the home is built. THEN add a second conduit from that same attic to your Structured wiring panel.

Audio Visual Prewiring

Audio Visual pre-wiring is the best practice if you want to add TV and music to rooms in the future. You can pre-wire as many rooms as you want, giving you the freedom to install a new system down the road.


*The calculated home technology budget range you will receive will includes parts, labor & accessories (Tax not included)
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Prewire installation calculations assume you would like your home fully wired for ALL home automation technologies shown throughout the budget calculator, including 'future-ready' wiring. Prewire pricing can vary substantially based on what features you would like in your home. The wiring budget is for low-voltage wiring, not for electrical.
Prewire pricing will vary based on exactly what features you would like in your home. Read this article about the importance of wiring/cabling in today's "wireless" world. Your local Smarter Homes integrator is the best resource for exact prewire pricing. Wiring budget is for low-voltage wiring only, not electrical.
Keep in mind that our modern lifestyle and our home's automation technology systems are extremely reliant on a quality network and Wi-Fi system. Most homes are moving towards enterprise-grade hardware and away from the types of network products you could buy in an office supply store or a consumer computer store. We recommend that all homeowners consider the network and Wi-Fi system to be the most important system and installation within the home.
Higher-quality sound or higher-grade architectural finished speakers can range from $5,000.00 to $10,000.00 PER ROOM
Basic background music system pricing ranges from $1,500.00 to $5,000.00 per room including all equipment, labor, and programming.
Range includes video sources such as AppleTV, a Blu-ray player, satellite receiver, and remotely-locating them for best aesthetics. A basic soundbar is included for better audio.
This is called “video distribution” and reduces the amount of audio/video equipment located at each TV location/room.
A surround sound system creates an immersive sound experience, much like a dedicated home theater room, though in a dual-purpose room such as a Family Room, Master Bedroom, etc. If you would like more than one surround system location, click on the "Add Another Surround System" button below
Typically, homeowners want to see the following areas: front of house, front door, driveway / gate, sides of house, and pool. If you are more concerned about security, you may want to add cameras for the perimeter of your property. Good-quality cameras see about 75 feet of distance on average. The high range of the budget estimate includes higher resolution cameras, better night vision, and longer surveillance recording time.
The installation of a lighting control system reduces wall clutter, allows preset lighting scenes at the push of a button, increases security through programming automation, and adds convenience.
Motorized shades add beauty, convenience, address privacy concerns, and can be used to save energy. If desired, provide your best guess on how many windows/shades you want to motorize. The higher-end of the budget range includes higher-end fabrics, large windows, and dual-roller shades (both sheer and privacy shades on one window).
For example, a house music app, an app to operate your TV, an app for lighting automation, an app for locks, an app for cameras, an app to open close garage doors & gates, etc. Or do you want to control the entire house through a single unified app that controls all the automation systems within the home?
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