How to prewire iPad wall mounts, keypads, etc.
There’s a list of items you’ll want to prewire that really don’t fit into one category. iPad wall mounts, keypads, fireplace controls, etc. Here’s a short run down of wire tips for these items.
There are two types of Cameras. IP and Analog. IP cameras are ‘Network’ cameras. Meaning they plug into the home network. Analog cameras are where we’ve been for the last 20 years.
iPad Wall Mounts
Most iPad mounts require a (1) 18/2 to power the mount. However some mounts require both (1) 18/2 and (1) Cat5e. If you don’t know in advance which mount you’re getting — run both. People ask us where to put iPad mounts. We almost always put them in the main living areas of the house, but you can put them in as many rooms as you like. We’ve had good luck putting them in covered outdoor areas too, as long as it’s an area protected from direct rain and moisture.
Most systems like Control4, Savant, and Crestron have some kind of Keypad or Touch Screen that you can place on the wall in lieu of an iPad. You want to consult with the manufacture. So we can’t tell you exact wire needed, but consider it and plan for it. When in doubt, run (1) Cat5e, and 1 (18/2). That will work for you more times than not.
If you have a fireplace that is controlled by a light switch, you can tie it into your lighting control. Run (1) 22/4 to the fireplace, and that will allow you to tie it into the system later.
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I know it may sound crazy, but put (1) Cat5e behind your fridge. Smart Fridges will be one of the most popular smart home devices in the very near future. I’m sure they’ll have wireless options, but better to hardwire if you can. You’ll use them a lot. You might even pull 2, one for the Ethernet, and one for the Video.
Repeators for Lighting Control
Systems like Lutron’s RadioRa, require repeaters to increase the range of the lighting control system. It’s best to pull (1) Cat5e to different locations in the home, where you can place a repeater later. A good rule of thumb is to have a repeater every 30 feet.
Matt is a co-founder and lead systems designer for TYM LLC. His smart home and audio/visual designs have won three “Home of the Year Awards” from Electronic House & CE Pro magazine, and two awards from the Consumer Technology Association, including "Home Theater of the Year", and "Custom Smart Home of the Year".
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