Structured Wiring

I wanted to share some structured wiring installation pictures. Have you heard the term structured wiring before? I usually refer to it in the context of any low-voltage wiring in a home that may be comprised of cable, phone, networking, security, automation, surround sound, etc; it often resides in an in-wall structured wiring panel (aka SMC). Wire management is a key component and/or technique when dealing with structured wiring and I try to combine both form and function with every installation…

Here’s a panel wired for cable, phone, and networking (including surveillance cameras):

Here’s an installation of a cross-platform security/automation system:

Another cross-platform security/automation system:

… an auxiliary security panel:

Nice and clean installations are a result of good wire management, but ultimately the cover panels are designed to hide it all:

I often work side-by-side (no pun intended) with other installers; the DirecTV installer wired the phone and cable, while I wired for networking and surveillance cameras:

I’m glad I was finally able to share these images. As always, if you have any questions feel free to use to Contact Us form.

Security – Garage Door

When people think of security systems they generally think of protecting entry doors and windows. However, many people don’t think about the garage door. Have you ever accidentally left your garage door open overnight? I know I’ve done it a few times. Today, I installed a contact that detects if a garage door is opened or closed.

If you followed the Home Automation – Introduction post, you may have read that I have an Elk security panel. A few weeks ago I connected the garage door opener to the Elk panel. Doing so allowed me to use the system to control the garage door opener – I could operate the garage door opener, but had no way of knowing if the door was actually opened or closed. Now, with the garage door contact installed, I can now write a rule which checks to see if the door is open each night and can have set it automatically close.

Home Automation – Introduction

I’d have to say that the website update [technically] is my most RECENT project. However, I’m certainly not looking to get into webdesign, so let’s get into something a bit more interesting – Home Automation!

I started researching various Home Automation (HA) manufacturers, products, and technologies around 4 years ago. For starters, it’s not exactly a necessary expense, not much on this entire site is and that’s what makes it a hobby. So after quite a bit of research, my first ‘HA’ purchase (about 2 years ago) was lighting… wireless dimmers actually. I installed a number of Zwave dimmers throughout my home and was able to control them via a Zwave remote control. Have you ever been laying in bed watching TV or reading, about to go to bed, only to realize that you left a light on somewhere else in the house? Now, I was able to reach over to the nightstand grab the remote and turn the lights off… some call it being lazy – I call it convenience [that I really wanted]. Continue reading