What makes a home TechReady?
What defines a home as TechReady? Well, there are basic requirements that need to be met in order for a home to be certified as TechReady. First of all, it needs structured cabling. Unlike conventional cabling, structured systems provide maximum flexibility for users to move voice, data and video services throughout their home. Next, each standard TechReady Home has a minimum of five television outlets and 11 outlets that can be used for any combination of telephone, computer and Bell Aliant TV.
Want something special? No problem. The standard TechReady Home can be added to with any number of additional options. These could include provisions for satellite television, home theatre, home security, remote access, home controls, and much more. Just be sure to consult with your builder or installer during the planning and design stage of your new home.
The following categories reveal the features that are standard in every TechReady Home and some additional features that can move a home into a “starred” solution. The green points are found in all TechReady Homes.
A system of low-voltage wires designed to provide maximum flexibility for the homeowner to move voice, data and video services throughout the home. Structured systems consist of a minimum cabling standard of Cat5e and RG-6 coax. The cabling is run in a star topology to a central location called a distribution device. Systems should be installed by specially trained low voltage installers and should meet the ANSI/EIA/TIA 570B standard.
- RJ45 jacks
- RG6 coax
- Distribution Panel
- Distribution components with electrical outlet
- Backbone consisting of 2 Cat5e and 2 RG-6 coax
- TechReady Enhanced Design (see Wiring Design brochure)
- TechReady Advanced Design (see Wiring Design brochure)
- Additional point for use of Cat6
An audio network is used to distribute sound throughout the home. Homeowners can choose a multi-zone system which gives them the capability to listen to different music from different sources. Speakers for these systems can be concealed in the walls or ceilings and can also be part of their home theater system.
Part of the home network that is dedicated to the distribution of video or tv throughout the home. The most common video networks use RG-6 coax with “F” connectors but video service such as IPTV can also be distributed via the high speed network.
- Coax outlets locations (minimum of 5 RG-6 Coax to score)
- Rough-in for Satellite
- Rough-in Multi-room audio
- Concealed Wall Speakers
- Rough-in for Home Theater
- HDTV Ready
Part of the home network that is dedicated to the distribution of traditional telephone service throughout the home. Dial up Internet and security services may also use this network. The most familiar telephone outlet is the RJ-11 jack, however RJ-45 jacks and Cat5e/Cat6 wire are highly recommended to add the capability of IP (Internet Protocol) services as well.
- Telephone outlet locations (minimum of 6 to score)
- RJ-45 Jacks
A Home LAN (local area network) is a network that connects computers and associated devices (printers, gaming consoles, etc.) through a common communications network which allows the sharing of information between devices. The most common protocol used on Home LANs is Ethernet with the use of RJ-45 jacks. Home networks can be both wired and wireless.
- Home Network (LAN) (minimum 5 to score)
- Wireless Access Point
Home control can include systems such as energy management, home automation, lighting, etc. These systems can function independently or be part of a total home automation system which gives the homeowner maximum control of the internal environment. With remote access these systems can be controlled from anywhere in the world.
- Home Automation/Home Controls