Pre-Wiring for Technology is essential when building a home from the ground up
What is a pre-wire?
A Pre-wire is what happens when we run all wires for low voltage and technology before the drywall goes up, instead of retrofitting a home system after the build is complete.
What should we prewire?
Home Automation Pre-Wiring
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.
- Video Surveillance Cameras
- Smart Video Doorbells
- Hidden or Centralized Equipment Location
- Lighting Controls
- Smart Door Locks
Audio pre-wiring is the best practice if you want to add music to rooms in the future. You can pre-wire as many rooms as you want, giving you the freedom to install an audio system down the road.
Your network can be set up wirelessly using a Mesh, but you will always find a stronger 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 wirelessly 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
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.
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.
start with 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.
Building a house is expensive and we understand the urge to cut back on the little things like low voltage. BUT... Adding an additional single wire during pre-construction costs $50. So why not add that extra wifi access point to a room you think may become an office someday? It's a no brainer.