Here’s a good tip from the comments on our Maker challenge: Wiring a House – I’m an architect, AND I recently renovated my own house from bare studs on up. I’m with the guy who said to run conduit. It’s called ENT (Electrical Nonmetallic Tubing), some contractors call it Smurf Tube, cause it’s usually blue. You run it from junction juntion box to box inside the walls and cover the standard boxes with a standard wall plate. You can then run any type of wire in them in the future and you can run the wire anywhere in the system by skipping from box to box. Even if you run structured cable, run it in smurf. Link.
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The conduit is a good idea in principle, but not in practice. It’s a royal PITA to run cables in “here and there” fashion. Makes it really hard to manage the cables on a patch panel when you keep adding them sporadically like that.
If you run (2) Cat5e and (2) Rg6 to at least 2 points in each room (although an media center will want more cables) you should be covered. Think of these media outlets much like the 120V outlets in your home, you place them in areas where they are likely to be used and for convienience, even if there is not an immediate need forseen.
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