current industry practice is to install expensive cable everywhere it might possibly be needed based on today's best guess of what and where that may be.
Essex, CT (PRWEB) April 2, 2009
Homepath Products LLC today published "Redefining the Smart Home", a white paper available from the company's website. The paper explains that the rapid changes in high bandwidth technologies and home electronics requires architects, builders and homeowners to rethink how they make decisions about in-home wiring for high-speed devices.
In "Redefining the Smart Home", the company says that traditionally cable for structured wiring such as coaxial for CATV; Cat5 cable and Cat6 cable for telephone/data; low voltage cable for home security/home automation; HDMI and component video for home theater cable; speaker cable for whole house audio; and fiber optic cable for fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) are permanently installed during construction. This leads to under-utilization of miles of scarce copper resources and often the installed cable becomes obsolete prior to the homeowner needing it.
The paper says that "current industry practice is to install expensive cable everywhere it might possibly be needed based on today's best guess of what and where that may be." However, doing so offers no assurance that the cables installed will be suitable to support the eventual applications and devices. To remedy this problem, Homepath Products suggests preinstalling a system of cabling conduits to make homes readily adaptable to changes in wiring for consumer electronics devices without having to destroy walls or inconveniently fish cables through walls, insulation and framing.
The paper then describes usefulness of installing the eXapath™ in-wall cable conduit system, which provides a cost-effective way to reduce construction material consumption and minimize project waste stream while providing flexibility for the architect, builder, electrician and homeowner.
Homepath Products LLC, a privately-held business based in Essex, Connecticut, designs and markets the eXapath nonmetallic conduit system, an elegant solution made in the USA to enable upgrading residential low voltage cabling. eXapath conduits are practical today . . . prepared for tomorrow™. The company's web site, http://www.homepathproducts.com, features product information, white papers, industry trends and additional information about the future of low voltage home cabling.
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