So what is structured wiring and why can it make such a difference in a consumer’s decision to purchase a new home? Structured wiring is a combination of wiring types that work in conjunction to deliver data throughout a home. This includes telephone, video and computer network wiring such as category-5, RG-6 coaxial and possibly fiber optic cables. All terminate at a central location within the house, generally referred to as a wiring can. Essentially structured wiring is the backbone for communications and entertainment in the home.

Why is this becoming something that people want or feel they need in a new home? Simple-the emergence of the Internet as an important part of a family’s life. With growing numbers of families having more than one PC, and everyone wanting to get online at the same time, the need for a built-in networking system is becoming more apparent. Parents are increasingly bringing work home, or becoming telecommuter’s, and many grade-school students are using the Internet as a reference tool. By including a structured wiring system that includes the ability for Internet sharing, it is possible for every family member to access the Web simultaneously.

With the rapid growth of the Internet, many service providers are looking to capitalize on a high speed connection into the home as a means of providing more services to customers. Telephone companies are beginning to roll out Fiber Optic service in many areas that deliver a high speed Internet connection, phone service & television service.
While these, in and of themselves, are not driving the growth of structured wiring, in order for a customer to take full advantage of the service they need an in-home networking infrastructure for DVR’s, Blueray Players, Video Games (Xbox, Sony Play Station & Nintendo’s Wii).
The Future
Looking down the road a few years, many of these service providers are planning to broaden their offerings even more. Soon residents will have the option of receiving all of their in-home services from a single provider, via a single connection in the home. These services, known collectively as “broadband” services require a simple device called a residential gateway. This gateway coordinates the incoming signals and sends them to the right system using a structured wiring network in order to deliver those services throughout the home.

With all of these developments happening it is no wonder that consumers are asking to have structured wiring built into their new homes. By incorporating these capabilities into a home they are able to take advantage of the advances it offers today including PC- networking, video distribution and device sharing and flexible location for phone lines. Understanding the capabilities that a structured wiring system offers today, and the additional benefits that it offers for tomorrow is critical when deciding the right solution to meet homeowners evolving needs