Can I Prewire My Home? … How Do I Prewire Surround Sound?

Are you thinking about doing the prewire for your Smart Home and Audio Video equipment yourself?  Are you wondering if you can do it on your own?  Why not!  Pulling the wire is actually pretty easy.  The tricky part is designing the prewire layout correctly. 

This is the first post in TYM’s How To Prewire series. This series was created to provide information on the latest technology and practices so that you  prewire your own home—with all the bells and whistles—yourself. You can do it—we can help.

It’s easy to underestimate the complexity of a prewire plan, but that’s where we can help.  We offer some really cool prewire design services, you can check them out here.  And… we’ve got a ton of good info here to get you started planning your own Smart Home and Audio/Video prewire.

Prewire Resources

Make sure you scroll to the bottom, I’ll share some great links to some great posts to get you started off on the right foot, but first let me tell you a little about us, so you know you can trust the information we’re giving you.

Oh, The Places We’ve Been

We’ve been at it for 5 years now.  We’ve wired up Manufacturing warehouses, Restaurants, Medical Office space, large custom homes, and production homes.  I’m still not sure why, but we did a ridiculous number of retrofits in Texas of all places.  Those were some hot summer days in attics.  

Through all this experience, we’ve tried and tested all the tricks and methods for wiring up homes, and we’re happy to share them with you for your own project.

Favorite Prewire Projects

More recently we started wiring up large custom homes for Parades, and shows. We’ve been fortunate to be featured in a number of homes that won awards, or people’s choice.  These are a few of our favorites.

You Can Prewire Your Own Home – We Can Help

It’s when we started doing these show homes that people started contacting us and asking us to help them design their prewire plans for them.  It’s been a lot of fun for us. 

People get so excited about the Smart Homes they’re creating for themselves, and getting to have a role in that, and watching people light up the first time they’re Smart Home and Audio fire up is the most rewarding part of the whole deal. 

So remember, if you’re outside of one of our main markets, make sure you send us photos of your projects and adventures so we can add them to our portfolio.  We wish we could always be there, but we at least want to see your projects. 

You probably have some questions about what all you should prewire, and what’s the best place to start.  Here’s a few resources to help get you started.

Professionally designed prewire plans for your dream smart home.

Prewire Resources


  • Prewire Quick Guide This is a quick guide telling you the best wire to use for each device.  Our guys still use this to keep track of all the options.

  • 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.

Your Own Prewire Adventure

We’ve been at it a long time, but we know we always have something to learn.  If you have some tricks or ideas to share with us, or if there’s a topic you want us to cover, share it in the comments below.

Let us know how we can help you in your prewire adventure.  And remember to send us pictures of your project.

Matt Montgomery, TYM, Salt Lake City, Ut

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".

Matt is a golden State fan.


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