Thanks to HiroPro for this "spot-on" info on the subject!
I have been in the residential wiring of homes for over 25 years now (man am I getting old
) and he has hit on what is the best way to do this IMO. I am also a computer tech which helps with the data understanding of this form of installation.
I am using the same cabling (Belden 7876S) and the plastic low voltage boxes and it is the only way to go.
Check out the info sources that he has given and take a bit to see how this type of cabling should be done so that you can make sure it is installed by your contractor correctly.
Anything like this needs to be done right to make it work effectively.
I have seen contractors run this form of cabling "mostly" correct but then do stupid things like run the cable through a large hole that carries standard wiring! WRONG, but they don't understand data line interference and the problems with doing things like this haphazardly.
Also be aware of being careful in the pulling and installation of the cable. Too many people will just yank the cable around and put kinks or under minimum radius bends in it and affect its overall performance. This happens when 1 person tries to do the pulling themselves without help. Get a second or even third person to help pull the cables CAREFULLY.
Watch out for installers trying to use metal staples on it as well. Too many will "overdrive" the staples and deform (or squish) the cabling and again degrade the performance of it.
It is not rocket science to get a good installation of this stuff, but it is different from regular electric and most old time electricans who have not worked with data equipment don't worry about it. So take a little extra time and get the installation right and you will be rewarded with a system that will outlive you and perform great for years to come.
PS Take more pictures of the installation of your wiring than you ever thought of!! I photo document all my jobs and provide the homeowner with a CD at the completion of the job to keep for their future reference. It will prevent someone from cutting through cables at some time in the future if there arises a need to remodel or get into any walls for repairs.
Photos and a written journal are a life saver a few years down the road and it can also show you regular electric wiring and the plumbing for the home.Edited by Beeiilll - 8/21/11 at 7:22am