Appendix D. Home Cabling: Wiring Your Home for Now and the Future

In case you haven't noticed, you're standing knee-deep in the future of data interchange. High-speed, inexpensive computers, high-bandwidth network technologies, IP-telephony, Internet-connected entertainment devices, HDTV, and the usefulness of the Internet as a whole are advancing faster than most can assimilate and react to.

Corporations, to a large degree, are keeping up when it comes to providing LAN and Internet functionality for their employees. The home, however, is the last bastion of low-end technology for data exchange. Even the home you just built may only have voice-grade wiring in it—and it may not even support more than one phone line. Category 5e wiring may be the ...

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