Structured Wiring

structured-wiring1“Structured Wiring” is really no longer an “option” considering today’s Structured Wiring System technological lifestyle. High Definition cable and satellite signals for television, downloading music over the Internet and other computer based activities that were only futuristic dreams a few years ago are here today. Because of this, you need to consider not only your needs today, but in the future. This includes considering the impact of not having a Structured Wiring System should you elect to sell your home one day. Imagine offering a home for sale today if it did not have telephone service or air conditioning. Take a few moments to read these two pages so you can better understand how to judge your Structured Wiring needs based on your lifestyle. Your American Home Systems representative will then meet with you to answer any questions you may have and help you design your system. Doing so will not only help to protect your investment, but will also provide you and your family years of valuable service.

structured-wiring2Structured Wiring SystemKnown by many different names, all Structured Wiring Systems strive to provide the same service: the distribution of video, voice and data signals to specified locations throughout your home; with the ability to easily change those signals as your needs or lifestyle changes. In addition to new electronics that we may wish to own and use in five years, what structured-wiring3technology will we need to have just toStructured Wiring System live comfortably? Will our refrigerator order our groceries? Will movie theaters be a thing of the past with new releases beamed directly to our homes? While these and many other conveniences will no doubt be available, the telephone and television cables installed in most homes only a few years ago will not be capable of carrying the signals necessary to provide access to any of these services. What is required instead is “Structured Wiring.”

All structured wiring systems possess similar basic components:

  1. Incoming Signals: Various types of cables coming into your home carrying video, voice and data signals are connected to the back of the distribution modules in the distribution cabinet.
  2. Distribution Cabinet: An enclosed cabinet where the incoming cables are terminated and the signals are then rerouted to the locations you desire throughout your home through the distribution modules.
  3. Distribution Modules: Interchangeable amplified and non-amplified signal splitters that snap into the distribution cabinet to reroute the video, voice and data signals throughout the home.
  4. Category 5E Wire (CAT5E): An “Enhanced” high speed cable containing 4 pairs of copper wires that are then twisted around each other in such a way as to minimize outside interference. It should be rated at 350 Mbps.
  5. Quad-Shielded RG6 Cable: A round cable with a single copper wire in the middle that is shielded with four (4) layers of protection to minimize interference.
  6. Fiber Optic Cable: A series of thin flexible glass filaments inside a vinyl jacket. Fiber Optic cable is capable of carrying more data, faster, than CAT5 or RG6 but is substantially more expensive and limited in home application at this time.
  7. Wall Outlets: Wall plates, located in designated rooms throughout your home, which are attached to the different cables coming from the distribution modules. Your electronic equipment is connected to the Structured Wiring System at these outlets and receives the video, voice or data signal it needs.

The Distribution Cabinet is normally installed near other such enclosures (electrical, security, telephone, etc.) in the utility room of the home since it will need little ongoing attention. Incoming cables, carrying video, voice and data signals from any source, are routed to and secured in the Distribution Cabinet and then attached to the correct Distribution Module designed to handle that particular type of signal. Depending on the type of signal, RG6 or CAT5E cables are then run directly from each Distribution Module to the desired Wall Outlet locations throughout the home. Each cable is continuous with no splices or other connections along the way. This technique is referred to as “Home Run” cabling and reduces the possibility of any interference. Once at the Wall Outlet, the cables are fastened to specific “jacks” or connectors in order to allow the appropriate equipment to be plugged in or attached.

The configuration and location of the Wall Outlets in a Structured Wiring System determines what signals will be available at what locations throughout your home. Each Wall Outlet can house any combination of as many as six (6) different cables with their individual connectors or jacks. In order to establish what cables you will need at what locations, it is necessary to understand how each cable can be used.
CAT5e:
Telephone Lines Telephone Modems Computer Networks Fax LinesISDN and DSL Lines
RG6:
Cable Television Satellite TVSatellite Modems Closed Circuit CamerasVCR & DVD DistributionCable Modems
FIBRE OPTIC:
While fiber optic cable may one day play a role inside the home because of its high speed capabilities, it is not currently being used residentially due to its high installation cost. Currently, fiber optics strength lies in its ability to eliminate exterior problems and deliver clear, high speed signals over many miles up to the home.

Multimedia Outlet (2 CAT5e & 2 RG6) :
structured-wiring4Multimedia Outlet CAT5e RG6This Wall Outlet is configured based on the fact that your video provider requires one RG6 cable to provide a signal for your television. The other RG6 cable and jack can be utilized for other purposes as shown above. The telephone/data jacks at the top of this outlet each consist of a single CAT5E cable with a larger RJ45 style data jack attached. This RJ45 jack is specifically designed, however, to also allow the use of the smaller RJ11 standard telephone plug in the outlet if needed. One of these RJ45 jacks is attached to your telephone service. The other RJ45 jack could be used as part of a computer network, another telephone line, etc. as shown above.

Telephone or Data Outlet: (1 CAT5e)
structured-wiring5Telephone or Data Outlet CAT5eThis Wall Outlet contains a single CAT5e cable, capable of carrying up to four separate telephone numbers or various other signals. Individual incoming signals, such as voice, fax, dial up modem, etc., can be accessed by utilizing a signal splitter such as the Future Smart “Line Break-Out Module.” It is strongly recommended that high speed signals such as cable modems, DSL and ISDN lines, as well as local area computer network lines (LAN), have their own cable and not share it with other signals. This outlet would serve any of the purposes listed above for CAT5e cables. The larger RJ45 jack used in this outlet is specifically designed to also allow the use of the smaller standard RJ11 telephone jack in the outlet if needed.

Utilizing the highest quality CAT5e and Quad-Shielded RG6 cabling, this unamplified wiring system provides superior signal carrying capacity for your home. Due to the absence of a video amplifier, however, it is limited to distributing the strength of the video signal as it is provided to you by your cable or satellite company. Because of the larger size of today’s houses, this limited signal strength usually restricts such a system four (4) television locations within the home. While more televisions could certainly be handled by the system, the quality of the picture on all sets would begin to deteriorate rapidly when more than four sets are attached.

NOTICE: Ordering additional wall outlets does not mean that they can or will all be active at the same time. It is possible to order and have more wall outlets installed in a home than the structured wiring distribution modules in the wiring cabinet can handle, or have active, at the same time. If you require that all of the outlets be active at the same time you may need to add additional distribution modules as offered later in this section. Your sales representative will assist you in designing your system.

Using a mid-power 12db Amplifier to help improve the higher resolution video signals being distributed throughout homes today, the Silver System provides a solid foundation that you can build on tomorrow. Limited in the number of video and telephone outlets it will support as configured, the system also does not offer any support for Internet service beyond “Dial-Up” accounts. While additional video, telephone and computer networking modules can be added later, it is important that you plan now for where you would like future outlets to be in your home so that the wiring can be installed now while there is access inside your walls.

IT’S COMING! Soon you will be able to rent almost every movie ever made by downloading it to your computer over the Internet and then sending it to any room in your home that is wired for viewing. Wireless systems today CANNOT handle the band width or signal you need to do this! In addition, the powerful top of the line 20db Amplifier included in this system assures you that your HD programs will look like HD no matter how many video outlets you have in your home. Why buy a new High Definition television set and then send it a fuzzy signal? Planning on ever having more than one computer in the house? The Gold System is Computer Network Ready! Talk to your American Home Systems representative about the advantages of owning a Gold System.
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structured-wiring9Adding extra Multimedia Outlets enhances the value and functionality of yourStructured Wiring System Standard Multimedia Wall Outlet ( 02 – 007 – MM22 ) Structured Wiring System and ensures that your home is prepared to handle any changes in your communication needs, either now or in the future. You can choose to add as many outlets as you want in the locations that best serve you. The number of outlets that can be in use at one time is based on the modules installed in your system. Check the “Suggested Additions” section of each Structured Wiring System to determine the amount of additional outlets your system will currently allow. The purchase of outlets above this number will require the purchase of Additional Telephone or Video Outlet Capacity as shown later in this catalog. Your American Home Systems salesperson will assist you in designing your system.

structured-wiring10Some digital video recorders being sold, such as certain TIVO units, allow theStructured Wiring System Standard Multimedia Wall Outlet ( 02 – 007 – MM22 ) homeowner to record one channel while watching another. This requires an extra RG6 cable to carry the additional video signal to the recorder. This Multimedia Outlet configuration provides an extra RG6 cable for this and other future uses. The number of outlets that can be in use at one time is based on the modules installed in your system. Check the “Suggested Additions” section of each Structured Wiring System to determine the amount of additional outlets your system will currently allow. The purchase of outlets above this number will require the purchase of Additional Telephone or Video Outlet Capacity as shown later in this catalog. Your American Home Systems salesperson will assist you in designing your system.

This option upgrades One (1) of the Standard Multimedia Outlets that comes with your Media System to the five port TIVO style outlets.

This option provides a 2” PVC conduit (pipe) installed between the area of the structured wiring distribution cabinet in the basement and the attic to aid with future wiring needs involving the attic or second floor of your home.

structured-wiring11During construction, the installation of additional outlets which can be used asStructured Wiring System Diagram Telephone or Data / Network Outlets is an inexpensive way to insure that you will always have the ability to redesign your voice and data network as your family’s needs change. Plan for the future by adding Telephone and Internet Data Outlets in all your rooms. The number of outlets that can be in use at one time is based on the modules installed in your system. Check the “Suggested Additions” section of each Structured Wiring System to determine the amount of additional outlets your system will currently allow. Purchase of outlets above this number will require the purchase of Additional Telephone Outlet Capacity as shown later in this catalog. Your American Home Systems salesperson will assist you in designing your system.

structured-wiring12This RG6 (Video Cable) outlet can be used for any of the purposes listed underStructured Wiring System Diagram RG6 in the Structured Wiring “Background & Overview” section. It is primarily used as an “input” site for signals from video equipment or cameras that you wish to have available on televisions throughout the home.

Attached to the main video line coming into the home, this option provides an electrical surge protector for the RG6 input cable connected to the video module in the distribution cabinet. Please note that no protection is available to completely eliminate potential damage resulting from a direct lightning strike which reaches this or any other electronic system.

structured-wiring13This option provides the CAPACITY to connect up to 8 additional telephone outlets throughout your home. Wall Outlets are not included with this option.

structured-wiring14This option provides the CAPACITY to connect up to 4 additional video outletsStructured Wiring System Diagram throughout your home using a 20db amplified distribution module for peak performance. The standard 20db amplified video module that comes with the Gold System has a capacity for 12 video outlets. Substituting this optional module for the standard one brings the system up to its maximum capacity of sixteen (16) amplified video outlets. Please remember that these video outlets, when used as part of a Multimedia Outlet, may need to have a Telephone Outlet installed with them. If your systems capacity for Telephone Outlets has been exhausted you may also need to purchase additional Telephone Outlet capacity. Wall Outlets are not included with this option. Your American Home Systems salesperson will assist you in determining your needs.

While the CAT5e cabling used in the structured wiring system has the capacity to carry four (4) different telephone numbers to each outlet, most telephone plugs only have the capacity to connect to one (1) number at a time. If the home has more than one incoming telephone number, such as a fax line or a business number, this module “Breaks-Out” separates the phone numbers making all of them accessible at any chosen outlet. The module mounts on the surface of a telephone outlet and is plugged into the outlet. In the past it was necessary to have a telephone technician re-wire Expanded Wiring Distribution Cabinet (Only Available with the Bronze System # DV440) ( 02 – 008 – QN36 ) This option replaces the distribution cabinet provided with a larger 36” distribution cabinet. Specific outlets to make certain telephone numbers available. This module eliminates that need and can be easily moved to another outlet if your needs change.

This option replaces the distribution cabinet provided with a larger 36” distribution cabinet. Now, whenever you want, you can watch up to four (4) areas of your home, inside or outside, in black & white or in color. For real freedom, if you add On-Q’s new IP server, you can view them from a television in your home or a computer anywhere in the world! And if you don’t have time to “check-in” with your surveillance system, don’t worry. Your system will record any movement its cameras see and hold it for you to view later. If you want, it will even send you an e-mail to let you know there is something to review! It’s better than being home 24/7 because your camera system never sleeps.

structured-wiring16This option includes two (2) Black & White cameras, installed at the locations ofStructured Wiring System Diagram your choice that can be seen on to up to 8 televisions in your home. The televisions must have a separate or alternate video input such as “antenna-in” available for use by the camera system and have access to a dedicated RG6 cable. Each camera, on its own specified channel, sends its image to the connected televisions. To view them you would select “antenna-in” on the television and then select the channel, or camera, you wished to view. This option does not include any Multimedia Outlets. Maximum number of cameras is four (4). Adding a fourth camera to the system necessitates the purchase of a single channel modulator # 02-021-1001.

This option provides one (1) additional Black & White camera for your system. If a second optional camera, of any type, is added to the system, bringing the system total to 4 cameras, the purchase of a single channel modulator is required. This option requires the purchase of the Basic Camera Surveillance System.

structured-wiring17This option provides one (1) Infrared Black & White camera for your system.Structured Wiring System Diagram While the standard Black & White cameras work well in very low light, if there is no light the IR illuminators around the lens of this camera will allow it to see in total darkness. Adding a second optional camera of any type, bringing the system total to 4 cameras, requires the purchase of a single channel modulator. This option requires the purchase of the Basic Camera Surveillance System.

This option provides one (1) Color camera for your system. A second optional camera of any type, bringing the system total to 4 cameras, requires the purchase of a single channel modulator. The Color camera looks exactly like the Black & White camera. This option requires the purchase of the Basic Camera Surveillance System.

This option upgrades one (1) of the two Black & White cameras that comes with your system to a Color camera.

This option adds audio capability to any of the above cameras. Mounted inside the back plate, the microphone will detect audio up to 50’ away. One (1) microphone is required for each camera you wish to listen to. It is up to the home owner to establish the legality of audio surveillance in their jurisdiction.

This option provides one (1) IP Video Server, with four (4) camera ports, for your system. The IP Video Server, working together with the Basic Camera System with up to four (4) cameras, allows any of the system cameras to be viewed through a local computer network or remotely over the Internet, in addition to the home owners attached televisions. The IP Video Server requires Internet access. It comes with complete detailed step-by step instructions and must be set up by the customer through the customer’s computer. Also see “Networking Requirement” listed at the back of this catalog section.

This option provides one (1) single channel camera modulator which is required when adding a fourth camera to the system.

Customers may view the potential output of an On-Q camera by going to http://www.onqlegrand.com Where it says ENTER select “HOMEOWNER” At the top of the page, under “Homeowner Navigation,” select “PRODUCTS” You will be shown 4 groups of products. Under “Comfort” select “CAMERA PRODUCTS”. Under Camera Products select “VIEW CAMERA DEMO.”

This sleek color camera, with a Sharp Electronics 1/3” CCD sensor, is equally suited for bright sun light or total darkness. Its waterproof housing is designed for indoor or outdoor use and surrounds 12 built-in Infrared LED’s. Once the ambient light falls below the level needed for crisp, clear color images, the camera automatically reverts to the black and white mode and illuminates its Infrared LED’s to allow you to see up to 25 feet in total darkness. It mounts easily on a wall or ceiling. Attached to your structured wiring system, you can view the camera output on any television in your home at any time.*
This camera is not compatible with the On-Q “Basic Camera Surveillance System.
structured-wiring23Use it to watch children at play outside, a bed ridden family member’s room, or a Structured Wiring System Diagramvisitor at your front door.
Sensitivity: 0 lux (Total Darkness)
Horizontal Resolution: More than 380 lines
Auto Gain Control
Auto White Balance
Operating Temperature 14 to 122 degrees F
Includes a single channel video modulator.
* NOTE: For any camera system, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to provide a television set with the capability of receiving the modulated camera signal. Cameras mounted on the exterior of the home cannot be mounted more than 10’ above the ground. Installations above this level may be available but will entail additional charges.

structured-wiring18This 3 channel video modulator, installed inside the structured wiring cabinet,Structured Wiring System Infrared Camera allows you to input a signal from up to three (3) local video devices. This would allow you to “broadcast” video to televisions throughout your home from such sources as your VCR, DVD, camcorder or a security camera. The televisions must have a separate or alternate video input such as “antenna-in” available for use by the camera system and have access to a dedicated RG6 cable. Each camera, on its own specified channel, sends its image to the connected televisions. To view them you would select “antenna in” on the television and then select the channel, or camera, you wished to view. This option does not include any Multimedia Outlets.

structured-wiring19Structured Wiring System DiagramThe ability to network computers and other equipment at home is no longer a luxury, but rather an economic necessity. As technology changes daily, families can no longer afford to keep two, three, or even more computers, as well as printers and scanners, up to date for each individual family member. The Future Smart Web Safe Computer Router will work with most cable and DSL / ISP connections as part of a Home Computer Network. In addition to allowing more than one family member to be “On-Line” at one time, computers that are connected to the Computer Network will have access to all of the other computers and devices connected to the network, such as printers, modems, scanners, etc. In addition to allowing computers to share equipment, the network facilitates the sharing of data files, programs, email, Internet access and other information among the networked computers. The Future Smart Web Safe Computer Router is programmable to allow Internet content filtering to protect your family from unwanted exposure to undesirable sites on the Internet. It also helps to protect your network from damage by computer hackers. Plan ahead and install extra data outlets in your home where you feel computer access may be desired, either now or in the future. The router can be bridged to the Computer Switching Hub option # 02 – 007 – MDEN105 if more than four ports or access locations are desired. Requires access to an electrical outlet.

structured-wiring20This Ethernet Switch Module can be used to create a Local Area Network (LAN)Structured Wiring System Diagram by itself or in conjunction with the # 02-007-MDENR100 Web Safe Router shown above. Wall Outlets are not included with this option. Requires access to an electrical outlet. One port on the switch is attached to the router link port shown above to link them. Thus, there are a total of eight (8) ports available for your network.

structured-wiring21Now you can have the best of both worlds; Hard-Wired network outlets forStructured Wiring System Diagram applications that demand both high speed and maximum bandwidth, and Wireless network access where freedom of location is more important than bandwidth. Recessed in-ceiling mounting allows you to maximize your wireless range without being aesthetically intrusive. The Wide Access Point (WAP) includes both built-in twin high-sensitivity antennas that are compatible with both 802.11g and 802.11b wireless technology and visible status indicators. Supporting data rates up to 54Mbps, the WAP supports seamless roaming throughout the covered area and provides room to expand and add users and peripherals in remote locations within the covered area. A 10/100Base-TEthernet Wide Area Network (WAN) port is provided to connect to the customers existing broadband modem. This option does not include any set-up or programming. Step-by step instructions are provided to interface this with your existing network. See “Networking Requirements” for specifics. The In-Wall wireless access point is identical to the In-Ceiling access point shown above, but is intended for use in situations where ceiling mounted units are not practical. This option does not include any set-up or programming. Step-by step instructions are provided to interface this with your existing network. See “Networking Requirements” for specifics.

Firewall security features include:
Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) with Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP)
Legacy 64-bit and 128-bit Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) encryption
802.1X access control

structured-wiring22The In-Wall wireless access point is identical to the In-Ceiling access pointStructured Wiring System Diagram shown above, but is intended for use in situations where ceiling mounted units are not practical. This option does not include any set-up or programming. Step-by step instructions are provided to interface this with your existing network. See “Networking Requirements” for specifics.

It is the homeowner’s responsibility to familiarize themselves with the features of routers and/or switches and decide which equipment best suits their individual needs & their ISP’s service.
It is the homeowner’s responsibility to verify the technical capability and compatibility of all computers and peripherals to be attached to a network.
Each device on a network must be specifically capable of being part of a local area network (LAN).
A computer operating system that supports networking, such as Windows, is required.
All computers and peripherals on a network require a 10 or 100 base-t network card which is available from your computer dealer.
The homeowner is responsible for installing and configuring the network, both hard-wired and wireless, as well as any software provided with any of the devices such a router, switch or IP Server.
Wireless systems and IP Servers require Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.2 or Netscape Navigation 6.2 or higher Internet browser.
Each device on a wireless network requires an 802.11g or 802.11b wireless adapter which is not included.

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