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Question DetailsAsked on 9/28/2013

Building a new house - what is best way to have it wired for communications (phone, internet, TV)?

Besides being more secure, aren't hard-wired LAN connections superior to wireless? I plan to have one land-line telephone and primary computer location in den with internet-ready TV in living area - also am thinking of using wireless entertainment system speakers with this TV. House is studded and wired only at this point with TV cabling and CAT 5e coming from each room to a "structured wiring panel" in the garage. The CAT 5e terminals can be either telephone or computer jacks. If I don't go with wireless, should I locate a modem at the wiring panel and choose LAN jacks in the rooms I plan to use a computer? Or should I plan to put the modem in the den and run new CAT 5e to the rooms where computers might be used? Are wireless speakers okay or should that be hard-wired too and if so, what kind/gage is best to use? Is HDMI the same thing as TV cabling, and if not should I be considering a run of HDMI, say from the panel or den to the living room TV?

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