Can I Prewire My Own Home? … How Do I Wire A Surround Sound?

Are you thinking about wiring your own Smart Home and Home Theater?  Are you wondering if you can?  Why not!  Pulling the wire is surprisingly simple. The tricky part is designing the prewire layout correctly, and we can help you there. 

This is the first post in TYM’s How To Prewire series. We created it to give you the current practices for prewiring the latest technology in your own home. You can do it!  And we’ll be here to help.

When you’re done reading through all these resources you’ll feel like a pro.  I guarantee it!

Even if you don’t prewire your own home, you’ll be confident knowing what to look for with your local AV company, or the electricians who prewire your home.

Prewire Resources

I’ve left links to all the post in the series below.  Be sure to click through and get started.  We update the posts regularly, so you can be confident the information is current. 

But real quick let me tell you about us, so you know who the company is you’re getting your information from.

Oh, The Places We’ve Been

We’ve been at it for 10 years now.  We’ve wired up Manufacturing plants, Restaurants, Medical Office Space, Skilled Nursing Facilities, award-winning custom homes, and thousands of production homes in markets all over the country.

I’m still not sure why, but at one point we even did a ridiculous number of retrofits in Texas of all places.  Those were some HOT! summer days in those attics.  

We’ve learned all the best practices and tricks to wiring a home, and we’re happy to share them with you for your own home.

How To Prewire Series

Here are the links to all our posts on wiring low voltage for your own home.


  • Prewire Quick Guide This is a quick guide telling you the best wire to use for each device.  To get your Free Download click here

  • Building A Home, What Should You Wire? Are you building or remodeling a new home?  Here are the top 8 things we wire in every home.

  • Is Wired Better Than Wireless? – A lot of people wonder if it’s worth prewiring with the wireless advances.  The short answer is yes, prewire, but here’s a good post on that topic.

  • How To Prewire Video Distribution – Often when we fire up a for the first time, it’s the Video Distribution that clients are most excited about.  Be sure to plan for this in your prewire design.

  • How To Prewire Home Audio – Prewiring your audio is usually simple, but there’s a few choices you need to make first.

  • How To Prewire A Home Theater (Coming Soon)

  • How To Prewire Surround Sound – Surround Sound isn’t just for your ‘Home Theater.’  You can prewire for Surround Sound in your bedroom, the family room, or even the patio!

  • How To Prewire Home Security – Wireless security is popular, but wired systems are still the most reliable. Wireless Cameras still need a power cable.  Since you’re already running a cable for power, why not run a camera wire with it.

  • How To Prewire Surveillance Cameras – Wireless Cameras still need a power cable.  Since you’re already running a cable for power, why not run a camera wire with it.

  • Prewiring For Networks (Coming Soon)

  • Prewiring Everything Else – Prewiring iPad wall mounts, fireplace controls, keypads, and even smart fridges.

Let us know how we can help

Whether you’re looking to prewire your own home, or just want to be confident on the topic, we’re here to help.If you can’t find the answer to something you’re looking for, leave us a message or give us a call.

Be sure to check out our Design Service before you leave.

Introducing Our Prewire Design Service


Professionally designed prewire plans, system estimates, and consultation for your dream smart home.

Matt Montgomery, TYM, Salt Lake City, Ut

Named one of Technology Integrator’s Top Talent Under 40, Matt has designed systems for 20 national award-winning projects, including  "Home Theater of the Year", and "Custom Smart Home of the Year" from CTA™ (Consumer Technology Association). His ebook “How To Wire Your Smart Home” is a best seller among professionals and DIY-ers alike.  He has taken classes with Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). You can watch Matt share the secrets of his craft on YouTube!

Matt is a Golden State fan.




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