A/V question - Help needed with home remodel

chocoholic77September 6, 2013

Hi Everyone,
We are in the midst of a remodel (addition and remodel of main living area). We will be rewiring the whole main floor (we are in a split level). We are really out of our league when it comes to the wiring and are not getting the type of help/info from the few professionals we've contacted so we thought to contact the well informed on this site.

We are planning to centralize the home AV/internet setup. Thinking of using CAT6 instead of HDMI cables and we would use an HDMI over CAT6 extender. Does it matter if it is passive vs. active? We were thinking of using passive so we don't need a low voltage for the passive extender.

OR should we just scrap the whole CAT6 idea and use high speed HDMI cable with RedMere Technology. The largest run is 45 feet.

Thanks in advance for any advice/help!

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jreagan_gw

I'd go with the Cat6 if that is your choice. I'd run multiple so you can decide later if you need video, computer network, or basic phone lines. In my house, each room has two wall plates. Behind each are TWO Cat5e and TWO RG6 cables back to the basement distribution area.

    Bookmark   September 6, 2013 at 8:17PM
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SnidelyWhiplash

" In my house, each room has two wall plates. Behind each are TWO Cat5e and TWO RG6 cables back to the basement distribution area."

Do you really need or use 4 connections in each room?

    Bookmark   September 9, 2013 at 1:54PM
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bcarlson78248

In most cases you run two of each cable to each jack so that it can either be a source or a receiver, or both. For example with 2 RG-6 cables you can have that location recieve a signal (e.g., cable TV), but it can also include a device that feeds the signal to other location (e.g., it could be the source for distributing a video signal to another room).

When I had AT&T Uverse you also had the option of using Cat 5 instead of RG-6 to distribute the Uverse signal to another room. This was convenient in several cases where it was easier to run and hide a Cat 5 cable than it was to run RG-6.

Bruce

    Bookmark   December 8, 2013 at 4:49PM
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