It also depends on municipal code where you live.  Power, for instance,
will most likely have to be in conduit.  Low voltage cabling like that
for speakers & Ethernet can typically be installed without conduit.
Huge difference in price and installation complexity.

I agree with the general principle that if building a house you should
wire the heck out of it.  A friend did this.  He, another friend, and I
ran the wiring ourselves while before the contractor had the drywallers
come in.  We ran something like a mile each of phone, speaker, and
Ethernet cable from a central patch panel area in the basement to every
room.  The contractor terminated everything and did the junction boxes,
wall plates, etc. Only cost a couple grand for parts and our labor was
free.  I doubt it was more than another grand or two for the contractor

That said, there are alternative methods.  I only have 3 jacks in my
house, am using one, yet have 9 phones scattered about.  Basically one
base station with 8 cordless phones slaved to it.

You can also do Ethernet-over-power or do wireless 802.11a/b/g/pre-n,
although the speed isn't close to what native gigabit over copper will

However, if you are wiring from scratch, run Ethernet and/or AV lines
from the office to your main TV.  That way you'll be able to serve up
video from your PC to the big screen.

John A. Jones, CISSP
Americas Information Security Officer
Jones Lang LaSalle, Inc.
V: +1-630-455-2787 F: +1-312-601-1782

-----Original Message-----
From: pctech-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:pctech-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx]
On Behalf Of Gary Kuznitz
Sent: Thursday, October 12, 2006 12:02 AM
To: PC Technical Discussion for iSeries Users
Subject: Re: [PCTECH] Home office design

On 11 Oct 2006 at 14:32, Carmen (Carmen Nuland <pctech@xxxxxxxxxxxx>)
commented about Re: [PCTECH] Home office design:

I have to agree about the outlets ... You can never have too many.  
Our home office is set up with two sets of 4-plex on the one wall 
where the computer desk was going to be.  I really would like to have 
a UPS system, but for now I'm just using individual surge protectors.

Make sure you have all the wires you think you'll need run through the

walls before the drywall is on. I would have liked to have CAT 
installed to a couple of other rooms in the house - not just the
office, but it sounds like too much work now.

It really isn't that hard to run wires inside the walls.  If you have
the right tools it makes the job a lot easier.  One tool that can be a
big help is called the WallSnake.  You can get it at:
If you don't feel like doing it yourself there are people that
specialize in running wires inside walls.  If you live in Southern
California I know someone that is very reasonable.

Gary Kuznitz

Not just home office design, but general house...
Phone lines should be in every room - even those you don't think 
you'll use a phone; and don't forget the garage (we did)!  Speaker 
wire is another thing to think about before the drywall goes up; we 
knew we couldn't afford to buy speakers for every room right away, but

we ran wire to specific spots in every room, marked it on a "map", and

just drywalled over.  Now, we can slowly buy as we can afford, and cut

the holes in the ceiling to install the speakers where the map 
indicates; if you leave enough cable slack, you don't have to have
your holes exact to the position of the wire.

Our "office" is really another bedroom - complete with a small closet.
Since we weren't going to be storing clothes, my husband installed 
shelves, so we have paper and printer supplies, extra cables, photo 
albums, and anything else I can squeeze in there.  It's nice to have
all that tucked away and hidden.

-----Original Message-----
From: James Newman, CDP [mailto:newmanas400@xxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Tuesday, October 10, 2006 3:15 PM
To: pctech@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [PCTECH] Home office design

Technically, this doesn't have to do with AS/400, iSeries, i5, or 
pc's.  My wife and I are in the process of designing a house, where
I'll have a home office.
The office space will be above a 3 car garage and house my AS/400 and 
at least 3 pc's.

I would appreciate good suggestions about home offices, good websites 
that will help with layout, or anything ideas you wish you'd done in
your SOHO.

Jim Newman

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