Index
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1-to-2 splitter jack, 39
2-jack modular adapter, 39
2.4-GHz digital spread-spectrum phones,
171
3D home theater, 378–380
3G cellular radios, 213
3G mobile data services, 244
5.8-GHz digital spread-spectrum phones,
171
10Base2, 260
10BaseT, 260
46-MHz phones, 170
49-MHz phones, 170
100BaseT, 260
802.11a standard, 275–276, 277
802.11b standard, 275, 277
802.11g standard, 276, 277, 278
802.11n standard, 276, 277, 278–279
802.16d-based service, 243
802.16e-based service, 243
911 requirements for VoIP phone service,
186
900-MHz analog phones, 170
900-MHz digital phones, 170
900-MHz digital spread-spectrum phones,
170–171
1000BaseT, 261
1080p, 77
Advanced Television Standards Committee
(ATSC) signals, 75–79
aesthetics of media center, 31
air mouse, 216
alarm interfaces, 335
alarm systems, 41, 355–356
Alarmnet, 320
all-in-one cables, 40
all-in-one packaged solutions, 371–372
Amimom, 126
amplification, 105
amplifiers, 137–139
anaglyph encoding, 379
analog cable, 87
analog inputs, 357
analog modems
external modems, 226
features of, 226–227
handshake, 226
internal modems, 226
Internet call waiting, 225
overview, 224–225
PC Card modems, 226
quick connect, 226
speakerphones, 227
V.90 56-Kbps modems, 226
V.92 56-Kbps modems, 225–226
V.PCM, 226
voice mail, 227
analog modulators, 106
analog telephone adapter (ATA), 60,
187–188
analog TV signals, 74
animal repeller, 303
answering machines, 178–179
antennas, 86
AOL, 231
Apple TV, 84
appliance modules, 331
appliance usage, controlling, 61
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•A•
AB Electrolux, 374
A-BUS systems, 133, 156–157
access point, 279–280
Acoustic Research, 163
active fiber-optic systems, 233
ADSL, 228
ADSL 2/2+, 228
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not supported by structured cabling
systems, 41
architects used for planning your home
network, 66
aspect ratio, 77
ATA (analog telephone adapter), 60, 187–188
ATSC (Advanced Television Standards
Committee) signals, 75–79
AT&T, 230
audio connections
A-BUS systems, 133
banana plugs, 140
bare wires, 140
digital audio connections, 132
in-wall speaker cabling, 134
line-level interconnects, 134
line-level signals, 132, 134
overview, 131–133
patch cabling, 135
pin connectors, 140
spade connectors, 140
speaker-level signals, 132, 134–135
audio devices to be networked, 17
audio interface for security system, 321
audio output, transmission of, 107
audio speaker cabling, 34
audio surveillance, 309–310
audio systems. See also wiring audio
systems
amplifiers, 137–139
audio connections, 131–135
audio connectors, 139–141
banana plugs, 140
banana-plug receptacles, 141
bare wires, 140
CAT-5e/6 cabling, 142
components of, 92–93
computer network, combining with, 142
control amplifier, 92
control systems, 135–136
digital music, 133
docking system, 133
five-way binding posts, 141
integrated amplifier, 92
in-wall speakers, 143
line-level signal, 92
loudspeakers, 92–93
MP3 players, 133
multichannel audio networks, 131
multizone audio system, 93, 130
overview, 92, 129
pin connectors, 140
power amplifier, 92
preamplifier, 92
single-zone audio system, 129–130
source component, 92
spade connectors, 140
speaker cable, 139
speaker outlets, 141–142
speakers, 137–139
spring-loaded clips, 141
video systems, 152
wireless audio systems, 154, 158–163
audio transducers, 380
AudioRequest, 133
audio/video consultants used for planning
your home network, 67
Audiovox/Terk, 163
automated reminders, 53
automatic pool covers, 57
automatic routing of phone calls to
answering machine without ringing
first, 49
automation sensors, 354
autosensing, 267
A/V interconnect video cables
component video connector, 97
composite video connector, 97
DVI (Digital Video Interconnect)
interface, 98
FireWire interface, 98
HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia
Interface) interface, 98–99
IEEE 1394 interface, 98
overview, 96
S-video connector, 97
away mode, 51
•B•
balanced line-level cable, 148
Baldwin Piano, 377
baluns, 155–156
banana plugs, 140
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banana-plug receptacles, 141
bare wires, 140
base station, 170, 279–280
baseband distribution, 96
basement
as location of central wiring closet, 29
wiring a security system, 316
bedroom
as location for network connections, 250
requirements for wiring a phone system,
194
Belkin, 256
BellSouth, 230, 320
bidirectional video distribution panel, 112
black box option for modulators, 107
Bliley, Tom (Senate Commerce
Committee), 47
Bluetooth, 191, 213, 287–289, 375
boosting powerline signals, 348–349
break sensor, 301
bridges, 271–272, 346–347
bridging mode, 270
broadband interface for security system,
321–322
broadband modem, 269–270
broadband video-distribution system,
99–100
broadcast television, 85–86
budgetary considerations
coaxial distribution panel costs, 65
data network costs, 65
equipment racks, 46
general costs of planning your home
network, 65–66
home network, 20–21
home theater costs, 65
home-automation system costs, 66
home-security system costs, 66
KSU/hybrid phone systems, 175
KSU-less phone systems, 176
overview, 65
phone system costs, 65
routers, 256
satellite Internet service, 240
switches, 266
Buffalo Technology, 210, 211, 256
built-in phone directories, 169
built-in wireless NIC, 280
•C•
C Band satellite system, 91–92
cable modems
advantages of, 235
DOCSIS (Data Over Cable Service
Interface Specification), 237–238
overview, 234–236
telco-return modem, 236
two-way modems, 237
cable phone service, 182–185
cable television
analog cable, 87
CableCARD system, 88
cable-ready television set, 87
converter, 87
digital cable, 87–88
digital cable-ready television, 88
digital set-top box, 88
head-end site, 86
overview, 86–87
QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation),
87–88
set-top box, 87
CableCARD system, 88
cable-ready television set, 87
cables. See also structured cabling systems
audio speaker cabling, 34
Category 1 cable, 33
Category 2 cable, 33
Category 3 cable, 33
Category 4 cable, 33
Category 5 cable, 33
Category 5e cable, 33–34
Category 6 cable, 33–34
Category 7 cable, 34
coaxial cabling, 34
features, extra, 139
gauge, 139
jacks, 38–39
modular wall outlets, 39–40
NID (network interface device), 35
overview, 32–33
patch cables, 35, 36
patch panels, 35–37
plugs, 38–39
quad cables, 32–33
security cabling, 34
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SID (service interface device), 35
speaker cable, 139
twisted-pair cabling, 32–33
UL listing, 139
wired LAN, 260, 263–268
Caller ID displays, 169
capture technologies, 208
carbon monoxide detector, 301
CardBus, 266–267, 280
Carrier-Sense Multiple Access with
Collision Detection (CSMA/CD), 261
cars
enhancements to, 374–375
future options for, 58
remote-control systems in, 352
CAT-5e/6 cabling
IR-repeater networks, 362–363
using equipment not rated for, 369–370
a video network, 122–124
CAT-5e/6 cabling for audio systems
A-BUS systems, 156–157
baluns, 155–156
Control4, 157–158
hubs, 157
overview, 154–155
power modules, 157
proprietary solutions, 157–158
ZON system, 158
CAT-5e/6 LANs, 259–263
Category 1 cable, 33
Category 2 cable, 33
Category 3 cable, 33
Category 4 cable, 33
Category 5 cable, 33
Category 5e cable, 33–34
Category 6 cable, 33–34
Category 7 cable, 34
CCTV (closed circuit television), 308
CD servers, 376
CEDIA (Custom Electronics Design &
Installation Association), 68–69
cellular phones
docking stations, 191
home area, 190
mobile switching center (MSC), 190
overview, 189–192
roaming area, 190
technology for, understanding, 190
VoIP on, 192
Cellular Telecommunications & Internet
Association (CTIA), 189, 190
central controller, combining sensors with
a, 356–357
central distribution panel, wiring a video
network to, 111
central hubs, 31
central impedance-matching transformer
system, 138
central node, 264
central wiring closet
advantages of, 26–27
basement as location of, 29
contents of, 27–28
easy access as advantage of, 27
garage as location of, 29
hidden hardware as advantage of, 27
hidden wires as advantage of, 26
laundry room as location of, 29
location of, 28–29
multiple wiring closets, 27
overview, 26–27
single point of connection as advantage
of, 27
utility room as location of, 29
weather-protected outdoor closet as
location of, 29
centrally amplified audio systems, 146–147
centrally distributed star configuration,
147–148
CFL (compact fluorescent lights), 331
Channel Vision, 114
ChannelPlus, 42, 114, 359
Charter Communications, 235
circuit-switched cable telephone service,
184
Clark Synthesis, 380
closed-circuit television (CCTV), 308
coax connectors, 102
coaxial cables
for digital audio connections, 132
overview, 34, 101–102
used with wired IR-repeater networks,
358–359
coaxial distribution panel costs, 65
coaxial surge protectors, 122
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coaxial video networks
coax connectors, 102
coaxial cable, 101–102
components of, 102–108
distribution panel, 104–105
F connectors, 102
modulators, 105–108
outlets, 103
overview, 100
RG-59 coax, 101
RG6 coax, 101
unrated 75-ohm coax, 101
Comcast, 235
communication costs, saving money on, 19
community wireless LANs, 283
compact fluorescent lights (CFL), 331
component video connector, 97
composite video connector, 97
computer networks
adding computers, 352–353
combining with audio systems, 142
desktop computers, 207–208
digital still cameras, 217
digital video cameras, 218
docking stations, 218
home servers, 209–211
home-theater PCs, 207–208
keyboards, 215–216
laptop computers, 207–208
Macintoshes, 206–207
media-center PCs, 207–208
mice, 216
modems, 217
monitors, 214–215
next-generation computers, 219–222
NIC (network interface card), 208
overview, 205–206
PDAs, 211–213
peripheral devices, 216–218
printers, 217
scanners, 217
tablet computers, 208
telephone management devices, 218
traditional PCs, 206–207
video phone, using a PC as, 217
videoconferencing, 217
Windows-based PCs, 206–207
Wintel machines, 206–207
computers
to be networked, 17
connected devices for videoconferencing,
183
options for video surveillance, 308
PC-powered TV, 219
peripherals, 281
as a phone, 188
as remote control in home network, 53
computer-systems contractors used for
planning your home network, 67
concerts, giving, 377
conduits, 43, 372
conference calling, 169
conferencing system, 48
contact sensors, 301, 302–303
context-based TV Web browsing, 219
contractors, working with, 66–69
Control4, 61, 131, 147, 157–158, 340
control amplifier, 92
control networks for entertainment
systems
overview, 341
RF remotes, 342
wired IR repeater system, 343–344
control panel, 300
control systems
multiroom integrated amplifiers, 135–136
multizone control systems, 136
overview, 135
single-distribution amplifier, 136
single-zone control systems, 135–136
controller devices
controllers, 333–338
modules, 329–332
overview, 326, 329
switches, 332–333
controlling your home-automation system
alarm with built-in automation
functionality, using, 355–356
automation sensors, 354
central controller, combining sensors
with a, 356–357
computer, adding, 352–353
interactive, making your home, 353–357
macros, 352–353
overview, 351
with sensors, 353–357
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system (continued)
simple network, starting with a, 351–352
through Internet connection, 353
voice control, 355
converter, 87
cooling systems, 45, 62
cordless handset, 170
cordless phones
base station, 170
cordless handset, 170
DECT phones, 171
disadvantages of, 172
expandable cordless phones, 171
5.8-GHz digital spread-spectrum phones,
171
46-MHz phones, 170
49-MHz phones, 170
headsets, 172
multiline, multistation cordless phones,
171–172
multimode wireless phones, 172
900-MHz analog phones, 170
900-MHz digital phones, 170
900-MHz digital spread-spectrum phones,
170–171
overview, 170
quality of, 172
security with, 172
2.4-GHz digital spread-spectrum phones,
171
cordless VoIP, 201–202
costs. See budgetary considerations
Covad, 230
Cox Communications, 235
creation of home automation system
bridges, 346–347
ground wire, 350
hot wire, 350
load wire, 350
neutral wire, 350
noise blocks, 347–348
overview, 346
powerline signals, 346–349
signal coupler, 346–347
surge protectors, 349
switches, wiring, 350
creativity, use of, 44
Crestron, 131, 340
cross-connecting, 35
CRT monitors, 214
CSMA/CD (Carrier-Sense Multiple Access
with Collision Detection), 261
CTIA (Cellular Telecommunications &
Internet Association), 189, 190
Custom Electronics Design & Installation
Association (CEDIA), 68–69
customized wall outlet plates, 40
•D•
daisy-chain architecture, 196
data network costs, 65
Data Over Cable Service Interface
Specification (DOCSIS), 237–238
D-Box, 380–381
DBS. See direct broadcast satellite
television
DECT (Digital Enhanced Cordless
Telecommunications) phones, 171, 202
dedicated circuits, running, 44
dedicated IR control wires, using, 360–362
demarcation point, 197
derived channels, 317
design tips for home network
conduits, running, 43
creativity, use of, 44
dedicated circuits, running, 44
electrical outlets, need for, 44
expansion, leaving room for, 43
individual options, considering, 44
needs, anticipating your, 42
overbuilding, 42–43
overview, 42–44
reading information on home networks, 42
desktop computers, 207–208
detection, 299
device controllers
alarm interfaces, 335
Internet, 338
keyboard, 338
minicontrollers, 334
overview, 333–334
PC interfaces, 337–338
photo sensors, 335
PIR controllers, 335
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programmable controllers, 334
sensor controllers, 335
stand-alone controllers, 334
tabletop controllers, 334
telephone interfaces, 334–335, 338
timers, 334
touch panels, 336–337
voice control, 338
wireless controllers, 336
digital audio connections, 132
digital cable
overview, 87–88
wiring a video network, 112
digital cable-ready television, 88
Digital Enhanced Cordless
Telecommunications (DECT) phones,
171
digital inputs, 357
digital light processor (DLP), 81–82
digital media adapters (DMAs), 162–163,
281
digital modulators, 106
digital music, 133
Digital Rights Management (DRM), 99
Digital Satellite System. See DSS
digital set-top box, 88
digital still cameras, 217
digital subscriber line. See DSL
digital TV signals, 75–79
digital video cameras, 218
Digital Video Interconnect (DVI)
interface, 98
dining room requirements for wiring a
phone system, 194
diplexers, 119, 121
direct broadcast satellite (DBS) television
advantages of, 89
DIRECTV, 90–91
disadvantages of, 89–90
EchoStar, 90–91
overview, 89–91
direct-view televisions, 80
distributed audio systems, 146–147
distribution amplifier, 151–152
distribution hub, 35
distribution panel
amplification, 105
connecting wires at, 113–115
inputs, 104
modulators, 107
outputs, 105
overview, 104–105
D-Link, 183, 256
DLP (digital light processor), 81–82
DMAs (digital media adapters), 162–163, 281
docking stations, 191, 218
docking system, 133
DOCSIS 1.0, 238
DOCSIS 2.0, 238
DOCSIS 3.0, 238
DOCSIS (Data Over Cable Service Interface
Specification), 237–238
doctors monitoring patients at home, 54
Doorcom system, 48
DRM (Digital Rights Management), 99
drop, 197
DSL (digital subscriber line)
ADSL, 228
ADSL 2/2+, 228
continuous connectivity with, 232
external DSL modem, 229
internal DSL modem, 230
ISPs, 230–231
low-pass filters, 231
noise, filtering, 231
overview, 227–229
providers, 230
types of, 228
VDSL, 228–229
VDSL 2, 228–229
DSS (Digital Satellite System)
coaxial surge protectors, 122
diplexers, 119, 121
DSS receivers used as source devices, 120
hybrid satellite/video network, 119–120
inline amplifiers, 121
integrated multiswitches, 119
LNB (low noise block), 118
multiswitch, 118
one-way satellite network, 118–119
overview, 118
phone lines, using, 121
RG6 patch cable used to connect satellite
receiver, 120
separate video network for satellite,
building a, 119–120
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tips for, 121–122
voltage switch, 118
wireless phone jacks, 121
dual-mode phones, 48–49
DVD player, 85
DVI (Digital Video Interconnect)
interface, 98
dynamic DNS service, 232
dynamic IP address, 232
•E•
EarthLink, 231
EchoStar, 90–91
802.11a standard, 275–276, 277
802.11b standard, 275, 277
802.11g standard, 276, 277, 278
802.11n standard, 276, 277, 278–279
802.16d-based service, 243
802.16e-based service, 243
eight-position jack/plugs, 38
electrical contractors used for planning
your home network, 67
electrical outlets, need for, 44
electronics, saving money on, 19
Elk Products, 42
emergency response, 299
emitter-connecting blocks, 344
emitters, 343
entertainment systems. See also TV and
video systems
audio systems, 92–93
existing devices, using, 50
intercom systems, 50, 93–94
locations for audio and video signals,
multiple, 49–50
options for, 49–50
overview, 341–344
TV connections from outside world, 85–92
video-monitoring capability, 50
EOS Wireless, 161
equipment racks
cooling system for, 45
cost of, 46
overview, 44–46
power bars, connecting to, 45
requirements of, 45
rotating ability of, 45
sliding ability of, 45
Escient, 133
Ethernet
100BaseT, 260
1000BaseT, 261
overview, 260–261
10Base2, 260
10BaseT, 260
existing devices, using, 50
expandable cordless phones, 171
expansion, leaving room for, 43
ExpressCard, 267
extenders, 286
external DSL modem, 229
external modems, 226
external NIC cards, 267
external ringers/lights, 179–180
external video connection, 110
•F•
F connectors, 102
family room requirements for wiring a
phone system, 194
fax machines, 177–178
feed, 197
fiber-optic cables, 32, 132
fiber-optic systems, 232–234
FiOS, 234
fire-alarm cable, 314
FireBall Digital Music Manager, 133
firewalls, 256
FireWire interface, 98
5.8-GHz digital spread-spectrum phones,
171
five-way binding posts, 141
fixed IP address, 232
fixed mobile convergence (FMC), 187
fixed phone service, choosing, 180–188
fixed systems, 242
flat-screen televisions
LCD TVs, 83
overview, 82–84
plasma TVs, 83
flexibility and comfort with your
technology as reason for home
network, 19
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46-MHz phones, 170
49-MHz phones, 170
four-position jack/plugs, 38
free channel space, 108
FreeNAS, 211
freeze sensor, 301
frequency agile, need for modulators to be,
105–106
Friendly Robotics, 374
front-projection models, 80–81
full-duplex phones, 169
future options for home network
car options, 58
home-control systems, 61–62
kitchen options, 58
microwave, surfing Internet on your, 57
phone calls made on computer, 59–60
refrigerator, checking your e-mail on
your, 57
sprinkler system, automating, 58
television options, 59
voice recognition, 58
future toys
audio transducers, 380
cars, enhancements to, 374–375
CD servers, 376
concerts, giving, 377
LEGO MINDSTORMS kits, 381
motion simulator systems, 380–381
robotic lawnmowers, 374
robotic servants, 373–374
robotic vacuum cleaners, 374
telescopes, 378
3D home theater, 378–380
video servers, 377
weightloss on the Internet, 375–376
•G•
gaming consoles, 220–221, 281
garage as location of central wiring
closet, 29
gas detector, 301
gas usage, controlling, 51
gate alarms for pools, 56
gateway, 197
gauge, 139
GE Smart, 42
Gefen, 124
Gekko, 143
general contractor/builders used for
planning your home network, 67
general costs of planning your home
network, 65–66
Gizmo, 186
Global Positioning System (GPS), 53
Gookin, Dan (PCs For Dummies), 218
ground wire, 350
Guitammer Company Inc., 380
Gyration, 216
•H•
HAI, 353
HAL2000, 355
half-duplex phones, 169
Hamilton, Gene and Katie (Home
Improvement For Dummies), 350
handheld computer devices, 271
handshake, 226
handwriting recognition, 208
hardwired IR network, 360–363
hardwired security systems, 310
Harman/Kardon, 133
Hawking, 256
head-end site, 86
headsets, 172
heat detector, 301
heaters, controlling, 51
heating systems, 62
heating/cooling contractors used for
planning your home network, 67
hidden hardware as advantage of central
wiring closet, 27
hidden wires as advantage of central
wiring closet, 26
High-Definition Multimedia Interface
(HDMI) interface, 98–99
high-definition television (HDTV), 76–79,
113
hiring someone to install security systems,
311–312
Home Automated Living Company, 58
home automation system
appliance usage, controlling, 61
controller device, 326, 329–333
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cooling systems, 62
costs, 66
device controllers, 326, 333–338
entertainment systems, 341–344
future options for home network, 61–62
heating systems, 62
lighting-control systems, 338–341
overview, 61–62, 325–326
pager alert when back door is opened, 62
protocols, 326–329
video monitor for front door, 62
wiring infrastructure, 326
home expenses, saving money on, 19
Home Improvement For Dummies (Hamilton
and Hamilton), 350
home network
applications in, 24
costs of having, 20–21
items list for, 16–17
logical configuration of, 24
overview, 23–25
physical configuration of, 24
physical connections, 25
reasons to have a, 18–20
types of networks included in, 23–24
Home Networking For Dummies (Ivens),
258, 268
home office
as location for network connections, 251
requirements for wiring a phone system,
195
Home Phoneline Networking Association
(HPNA), 127, 289
home servers
Media Center servers, 210
NAS (network attached storage), 209–210,
211
overview, 18, 209
RAID (redundant array of inexpensive
drives), 210
Windows Home Server, 210
home theater
costs, 65
as location for network connections, 251
requirements for wiring a phone system,
195
home-automation kits for pools, 56
home-control interface for security
systems, 320
HomeLink, 352
home-network revolution, 16
home-network routers. See routers
HomePlug, 290–294
HomePlug 1.0, 291
HomePlug AV, 291
HomePlug Turbo, 291
HomePNA 1.0, 289
HomePNA 2.0, 289
HomePNA 3.0, 289
home-security system costs, 66
home-systems integrators used for
planning your home network, 67
home-theater PCs, 207–208
HomeVoice, 355
Honeywell FutureSmart, 42
hot wire, 350
household items to be networked, 16
HPNA (Home Phoneline Networking
Alliance), 127, 289
Hubbel netSELECT, 42
hubs, 157, 261–262, 264–265
HughesNet, 240
Husqvarna, 374
hybrid architecture for phone system,
198–199
hybrid audio systems, 147
hybrid satellite/video network, 119–120
HyperText Markup Language (HTML), 255
•I•
Icon Fitness, 375–376
IEEE 1394 interface, 98
IEEE standards, 274–278
impedance
matching, 138–139
overview, 137
indoor antennas, 86
industry standard architecture (ISA) bus,
266
industry standards for LAN (local area
network), 249
Infinuvo, 374
Infrared Data Association (IrDA), 213
infrared emitters, 343
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infrared networking
Bluetooth compared, 213
disadvantages of, 213
handheld computer devices, 271
notebook computers, 271
overview, 212–213
PDAs, 212–213, 271
printers, 271
Wi-Fi compared, 213
infrared sensors, 343
in-home video devices, 85
inline amplifiers, 121
inline coupler, 39
in-pool movement alarms, 56
inputs, 104
in-room video connections, 115–116
installation of satellite Internet service, 240
INSTEON, 327–328
integrated amplifier, 92, 152
integrated multiswitches, 119
integrated services digital network (ISDN),
228
integration of LAN with no-new-wires
networks, 270–272
Intelix, 156
interactive, making your home, 353–357
intercom cable, 314
intercom systems
entertainment system options for home
network, 50
overview, 93–94
phone options for home network, 48
wired systems, 93
wireless systems, 93
interior designers used for planning your
home network, 68
interlaced scan display, 76
internal DSL modem, 230
internal modems, 226
internal video connection, 110
Internet
access from anywhere in your home as
reason for home network, 18
access with LAN (local area network),
253–258
analog modem connection, 224–227
cable modem connection, 234–238
call waiting, 225
connection controlling your home
automation system, 353
device controllers, 338
DSL (digital subscriber line) connection,
227–232
fiber-optic system connection, 232–234
IP address connection, 232
ISDN (integrated services digital network)
connection, 228
overview, 223–224
phone calls through the Internet, 52
power companies providing Internet
connection, 245–246
satellite Internet service, 238–241
simultaneous Internet access, 51–52
wireless Internet connection, 241–244
Internet protocol (IP) networking, 24
Internet-controlled electric usage, 339
in-wall iPod docks, 161
in-wall speaker cabling, 134
in-wall speakers, 143
ionization detector, 301
IP address
assigning, 284
in LANs, 253–254
overview, 232
iPod docks, 161
iPods as center of audio system, 161
IPTV (Internet Protocol TV), 79
IR keypad controllers, 344
IrDA (Infrared Data Association), 213
iRobot, 374
ISA (industry standard architecture) bus,
266
ISDN (integrated services digital network),
228
ISPs, 230–231
items list for home network, 16–17
Ivens, Kathy (Home Networking For
Dummies), 258, 268
•J•
jacks
configuration of, 38
1-to-2 splitter jack, 39
overview, 38–39
RJ-31X jack, 38
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2-jack modular adapter, 39
wireless jacks, 202
Jandy, 56
Japan, high-tech toilets in, 252
•K•
key phone systems
KSU/hybrid phone systems, 174–176
KSU-less phone systems, 176–177
overview, 173–174
key switches, 300
key system, 173
key system unit (KSU), 173
keyboards, 215–216, 338
keypads, 300–301
kitchen
future options for home network, 58
as location for network connections, 252
requirements for wiring a phone system,
194
kitchen designers used for planning your
home network, 68
KSU/hybrid phone systems
advantages of, 174–175
cost of, 175
disadvantages of, 175
KX-TA824 system, 175
overview, 174–176
wiring a phone system, 199–200
KSU-less phone systems
advantages of, 176
cost of, 176
disadvantages of, 176–177
overview, 176–177
wiring a phone system, 200
KX-TA824 system, 175
Kyodo, 374
•L•
lamp modules, 330–331
LAN (local area network)
bedroom as location for network
connections, 250
home office as location for network
connections, 251
home theater as location for network
connections, 251
industry standards for, 249
Internet access, 253–258
IP address, 253–254
kitchen as location for network
connections, 252
living room as location for network
connections, 250
locations for network connections,
250–253
media center as location for network
connections, 251
overview, 247–249
proxy server, 257–258
routers, 253–257
routing packets using your PC, 257–258
speed of, 249
wired LANs, 248–249
wireless LANs, 248–249
LAN-capable peripheral, 218
landline phone service, 180–188
landline replacement services, 186
laptop computers, 207–208
laserdisc player, 85
latency, 239
laundry room as location of central wiring
closet, 29
LCD displays, 169
LCD monitors, 214
LCD technology, 82
LCD TVs, 83
LCoS (liquid crystal on silicon), 82
LEGO MINDSTORMS kits, 381
Leviton, 42, 133, 339–341
lighting consultants used for planning your
home network, 68
lighting-control systems, 338–341
lights, automating, 53–54
Lightstat, Inc., 339
line-level interconnects, 134
line-level signals, 92, 132, 134
lines of resolution, 76
Lingo, 186
Linksys, 256
Linux, 207
living in your smart home
after work, 14–15
Index
off-hours mode, 15
overview, 12
starting your day, 12–13
a virtual day of, 12–15
work day, 13–14
living room
as location for network connections, 250
requirements for wiring a phone system,
194
LNB (low noise block), 118
load wire, 350
local area network. See LAN
localized hubs, 31
logical configuration of home network, 24
Logitech, 215
LonWorks, 328
loop-through capability, 107
loudspeakers, 92–93
Lowe, Doug (Networking For Dummies), 268
low-pass filters, 231
low-voltage lines and high-voltage lines,
not keeping distance between, 369
low-voltage modules, 331–332, 354
•M•
Macintoshes, 206–207
macros, 336, 352–353
magnetic sensor, 301
manuals, not reading, 368
Meade ETX, 378
media center
aesthetics of, 31
contents of, 30
as location for network connections, 251
overview, 29–30
setting up, 31
Media Center Edition software, 84
Media Center servers, 210
media servers, 84
media-center PCs, 207–208
MediaFlex system, 126
mesh networking, 242, 328
metro Wi-Fi networks, 243
MFD (multifunctional device), 177–178
mice, 216
microprojection televisions, 81–82
Microsoft, 220
Microsoft MSN TV 2 Internet & Media
Player, 221
microwave, surfing Internet on your, 57
Middle Atlantic Products, Inc., 46
minicontrollers, 334
mobile switching center (MSC), 190
MoCA (multimedia over coax), 290
modems, 217
modular wall outlets, 39–40
modulators
analog modulators, 106
audio output, transmission of, 107
black box option, 107
digital modulators, 106
distribution panel option, 107
free channel space, 108
frequency agile, need for modulators to
be, 105–106
loop-through capability, 107
multichannel unit, 106–107
overview, 105–106
signal amplifier, installing, 107–108
signal interference, awareness of, 108
single video source unit, 106
skip channels between modulated
channels, 108
wall outlet size option, 107
modules
appliance modules, 331
lamp modules, 330–331
low-voltage modules, 331–332, 354
overview, 329–330
receptacles, 332
universal modules, 331–332
moisture sensor, 302
money savings as reason for home
network, 19
money savings with home network
away mode, defining an, 51
gas usage, controlling, 51
heaters, controlling, 51
options for, 50–51
thermostats, controlling, 50
water pumps, controlling, 51
window coverings, motorizing, 50
monitors, 214–215
Monster Cable Products, 42
motion detectors, 354
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motion simulator systems, 380–381
motion-detector floodlights, 354
MP3 players, 133
MPEG (Motion Picture Experts Group), 75
MSC (mobile switching center), 190
multichannel audio networks, 131
multichannel unit, 106–107
multifunctional device (MFD), 177–178
multiline, multistation cordless phone
systems, 171–172, 201
multiline phone system, 48, 173
multimedia over coax (MoCA), 290
multimode wireless phones, 172
multiplayer, online gaming, 220–221
multiple wiring closets, 27
multiroom DVR service, 127
multiroom integrated amplifiers, 135–136
multiswitch, 118
multizone audio system, 93, 130, 152–154
multizone control systems, 136
multizone hi-fi audio not supported by
structured cabling systems, 41
multizone wired IR-repeater system, 360
MuxLab, 156
PC-powered TV, 219
T-commerce, 219
unified messaging, 219
Web-enabled TV, 221–222
NIC (network interface card)
built-in wireless NIC, 280
CardBus, 280
overview, 208, 260, 266–268
PC Card, 280
PCI Card, 280
USB external NIC, 280
NID (network interface device), 35
Niles Audio, 147
911 requirements for VoIP phone service,
186
900-MHz analog phones, 170
900-MHz digital phones, 170
900-MHz digital spread-spectrum phones,
170–171
Nintendo, 220
noise blocks, 347–348
noise, filtering, 231
notebook computers, 271
NTSC (National Television Standards
Committee), 74
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Napco, 320, 321
NAS (network attached storage), 209–210,
211
NAT (network address translation), 255
National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association,
312
National Television Standards Committee
(NTSC), 74
needs, anticipating your, 42
NETGEAR, 256
network architecture, 109
networkable peripheral, 218
Networking For Dummies (Lowe), 268
networking support for routers, 256
neutral wire, 350
NextAlarm, 322
next-generation computers
context-based TV Web browsing, 219
gaming consoles, 220–221
overview, 219–220
off-hours mode, 15
Omni controller system, 353
100BaseT, 260
1000BaseT, 261
1080p, 77
1-to-2 splitter jack, 39
one-way satellite Internet service, 239
one-way satellite network, 118–119
On-Q/Legrand, 42
outdoor antennas, 86
outlets, 103
outputs, 105
overbuilding, 42–43
•P•
Packet8, 186
packets, 262
pager alert when back door is opened, 62
PAN (personal area network), 287–288
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passive fiber-optic systems, 233–234
passive infrared receivers (PIRs), 303–304
passive optical networks (PONs), 233–234
passwords, 282
patch cables, 35, 36, 135, 267–268
patch panels, 35–37, 264
PBX (private branch exchange), 60
PC Card
modems, 226
overview, 280
PC interfaces for device controllers,
337–338
PCI (peripheral component interconnect)
bus, 266
PCI Card, 280
PCs For Dummies (Gookin), 218
PDAs (personal digital assistants)
infrared networking, 212–213, 271
overview, 211
pure PDAs, 212
as remote control, 212
smartphones, 212
3G cellular radios, 213
wireless networking, 213
peripheral devices, 216–218
personal area network (PAN), 287–288
personal computers. See computers
personal video recorder (PVR), 84–85
pets, options for, 55
phase, 151
Philips Electronics, 202
phone calls, 52, 59–60
phone line interface
vulnerability of, 317
wiring a security system, 318–319
phone line video distribution systems,
126–127
phone lines, using, 121
phone options for home network
automatic routing of phone calls to
answering machine without ringing
first, 49
conferencing system, 48
Doorcom system, 48
dual-mode phones, 48–49
intercom system, 48
as interface to home-automation
system, 49
multiline phone system, 48
options for, 48–49
ringtones, 48
transferring calls, 48
videophones, 48
wireless phone system, 48–49
phone system. See also wiring a phone
system
answering machines, 178–179
built-in phone directories, 169
cable phone service, 182–185
Caller ID displays, 169
cellular phones, 189–192
conference calling, 169
cordless phones, 170–172
costs, 65
external ringers/lights, 179–180
fax machines, 177–178
features, 169
fixed phone service, choosing, 180–188
full-duplex phones, 169
half-duplex phones, 169
HomePNA 1.0, 289
HomePNA 2.0, 289
HomePNA 3.0, 289
inline coupler, 39
key phone systems, 173–177
key system, 173
key system unit (KSU), 173
landline phone service, 180–188
LCD displays, 169
modular wall outlets, 39–40
multifunctional device (MFD), 177–178
multiline phone systems, 173
1-to-2 splitter jack, 39
overview, 167, 289–290
POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service),
181–182
POTS-compatible devices, 168–170
quad wire, 181
RJ-11 connectors, 168
speakerphones, 169
speed dialing, 169
splitters, 183
TDD devices, 180
2-jack modular adapter, 39
used with power line networking, 294
videoconferencing, 183
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voice mail, 169
voice-activated dialing, 169
VoIP phone service, 181, 184–188
wireless phone systems, 200–202
PhoneLabs, 191
phones to be networked, 17
photo sensors, 335
photocells, 354
photoelectric sensor, 302
physical configuration of home network, 24
physical connections for home network, 25
pin connectors, 140
PIR controllers, 335
PIRs (passive infrared receivers), 303–304
pixels, 76
Plain Old Telephone Service (POTS), 168,
181–182
plain paper fax, 177
planning your home network
with architects, 66
with audio/video consultants, 67
with computer-systems contractors, 67
contractors, working with, 66–69
deciding how much to spend, 64–65
with electrical contractors, 67
with general contractor/builders, 67
general costs, 65–66
with heating/cooling contractors, 67
with home-systems integrators, 67
with interior designers, 68
with kitchen designers, 68
lack of planning, 370
with lighting consultants, 68
overview, 64
with security consultants, 68
timeline, 69–70
Plantronics, 188
plasma monitors, 214–215
plasma TVs, 83
plugs, 38–39
plunger switch, 302
pole and nut terminal interface, 36
PONs (passive optical networks), 233–234
pools
automatic pool covers, 57
gate alarms, 56
home-automation kits for, 56
in-pool movement alarms, 56
Safety Turtle, 56
water levels, monitoring, 56
port interface, 36
portable systems, 242–243
ports, 265
POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service), 168,
181–182
POTS-compatible devices, 168–170
power amplifier, 92
power bars, connecting to, 45
power companies providing Internet
connection, 245–246
power line networking
advantages of, 291–292
HomePlug, 290–294
overview, 290–291
phone line networking used with, 294
wireless LAN used with, 294
power modules, 157
power status sensor, 302
powerline signals, 347–349
preamplifier, 92
pressure sensor, 302
prevention, 299
prewiring your home, 313–316
printers, 217, 271
private branch exchange (PBX), 60
programmable controllers, 334
progressive scan display, 76
projection televisions (PTV)
front-projection models, 80–81
overview, 80–82
rear-projection models, 81
proprietary systems
locking yourself into, 371
overview, 157–158
protocols
INSTEON, 327–328
LonWorks, 328
overview, 326–327
Universal Powerline Bus (UPB), 327
X10, 327, 329
ZigBee, 328
Z-Wave, 328
proxy server, 257–258
pull cords, 43
punchdown block, 35, 264
Index
punchdown interface, 36
punchdown tool, 36
pure PDAs, 212
PVR (personal video recorder), 84–85
•Q•
QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation),
87–88
quad cables, 32–33
quad wire, 181
quick connect, 226
Qwest, 230
•R•
racks. See equipment racks
Radio Shack, 202
RAID (redundant array of inexpensive
drives), 210
rain sensor, 302
RCA, 163
reading information on home networks, 42
rear-projection models, 81
receptacles, 332
refrigerator, checking e-mail on your, 57
regulations against using a satellite dish,
knowing your rights about, 91
remote control
automated reminders, 53
computers, control of your, 53
control of your, 52
lights, control of, 52
PDAs (personal digital assistants) as, 212
of your home as reason for home
network, 18
remote power injectors, 359
repeaters, 286
Request, Inc., 133, 376, 377
residential gateways. See routers
resolution, 76
RF remotes, 342
RG6 coaxial cable, 101, 110
RG6 patch cable used to connect satellite
receiver, 120
RG-59 coaxial cable, 101
ringtones, 48
risks to avoid
all-in-one packaged solutions, 371–372
basics of automation, missing the,
367–368
CAT-5e/6, using equipment not rated for,
369–370
conduits, forgetting to add, 372
low-voltage lines and high-voltage lines,
not keeping distance between, 369
manuals, not reading, 368
planning, lack of, 370
proprietary systems, locking yourself
into, 371
wired connections, not using, 370
wires, not labeling, 372
RJ-11 connectors, 168
RJ-11 jack/plug, 38
RJ-14 jack/plug, 38
RJ-25 jack/plug, 38
RJ-31X connection, 319
RJ-31X jack, 38
RJ-45 jack/plug, 38
Road Runner, 235
roaming area, 190
Robert Hoskin’s Broadband Wireless
Exchange Web site, 242
robotic lawnmowers, 374
robotic servants, 373–374
robotic vacuum cleaners, 374
Rogers, 236
Roku Labs, 162
routers
cost of, 256
firewalls, 256
integration with switches, 265–266
LAN (local area network), 253–257
NAT (network address translation), 255
networking support, 256
overview, 253–255
subnets, 254
vendors, 256–257
VPN support, 256
wireless LAN support, 256
routing packets using your PC, 257–258
RS-232, 321
Ruckus Wireless, 126
running the cables, 113
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safety and health issues for people home
alone, 54
Safety Turtle, 56
satellite integration into video network
coaxial surge protectors, 122
diplexers, 119, 121
DSS receivers used as source devices, 120
hybrid satellite/video network, 119–120
inline amplifiers, 121
integrated multiswitches, 119
LNB (low noise block), 118
multiswitch, 118
one-way satellite network, 118–119
overview, 118
phone lines, using, 121
RG6 patch cable used to connect satellite
receiver, 120
separate video network for satellite,
building a, 119–120
tips for, 121–122
voltage switch, 118
wireless phone jacks, 121
satellite Internet service
choosing, 241
cost of, 240
disadvantages of, 239–240
installation, 240
latency, 239
one-way service, 239
overview, 238
providers, 240
sharing, 239
speed of, 239
two-way service, 239
satellite television
C Band satellite system, 91–92
direct broadcast satellite (DBS)
television, 89–91
overview, 89
regulations against using a satellite dish,
knowing your rights about, 91
scan lines, 76
scanners, 217
security
cabling, 34
with cordless phones, 172
devices to be networked, 17
loop, running a, 314
passwords, 282
WEP (wired equivalent privacy), 282
wireless LAN, 281–283, 285
WPA (Wi-Fi protected access), 282
security consultants used for planning
your home network, 68
security systems. See also wiring a security
system
audio surveillance, 309–310
control panel, 300
detection, 299
emergency response, 299
goals of, 299
hardwired systems, 310
hiring someone to install, 311–312
key switches, 300
keypads, 300–301
monitoring, 306
overview, 299
prevention, 299
reasons for having, 298
sensors, 301–305
sirens, 305
stress detectors, 298
video surveillance, 307–309
wireless systems, 311
SecurityandMore, 307
Sensio, 379
sensor controllers, 335
sensors
alarm with built-in automation
functionality, using, 355–356
analog inputs, 357
animal repeller, 303
automation sensors, 354
break sensor, 301
carbon monoxide detector, 301
central controller, combining sensors
with a, 356–357
contact sensors, 301, 302–303
controlling your home automation
system, 353–357
digital inputs, 357
freeze sensor, 301
gas detector, 301
heat detector, 301
Index
home automation, 305
ionization detector, 301
low-voltage sensor modules, 354
magnetic sensor, 301
moisture sensor, 302
motion detectors, 354
motion sensor, 302
motion-detector floodlights, 354
overview, 301
passive infrared receivers (PIRs), 303–304
photocells, 354
photoelectric sensor, 302
plunger switch, 302
power status sensor, 302
pressure sensor, 302
rain sensor, 302
smoke detectors, 302, 304–305
snow sensor, 302
tamper switch, 302
temperature sensor, 302
vibration sensor, 302
water disturbance sensor, 302
weather sensor, 302
separate video network for satellite,
building a, 119–120
servers, 18
service centers, 40
set-top box, 87
Shaw, 236
SID (service interface device), 35
signal amplifier
installing, 107–108
overview, 348–349
signal coupler, 346–347
signal interference, awareness of, 108
signal/injector splitters, 358–359
simple network, starting with a, 351–352
simultaneous Internet access, 51–52
single point of connection as advantage of
central wiring closet, 27
single video source unit, 106
single-distribution amplifier, 136
single-zone audio network
overview, 148
single-zone and multi-amplifier system,
installing, 151–152
single-zone and single-amplifier system,
installing, 149–150
single-zone audio system, 129–130
single-zone control systems, 135–136
sirens, 305
six-position jack/plugs, 38
skip channels between modulated
channels, 108
Skype, 186, 192, 281
sliding ability of equipment racks, 45
Slim Devices, 162–163
smartphones, 212
SMC, 256
smoke detectors, 302, 304–305
snow sensor, 302
softphone software, 188
software, 268, 287
Sonos Music System, 159–160
Sony, 163, 220
SoundBridge, 162
spade connectors, 140
Speakeasy, 231
speaker cable, 139
speaker outlets, 141–142
speaker-level signals, 132, 134–135
speakerphones, 169, 227
speakers, 137–139, 163
special interests fulfilled by smart home
doctors monitoring patients at home, 54
lights, automating, 53–54
options for, 53–55
pets, options for, 55
safety and health issues for people home
alone, 54
video chats, 54
visitors, monitoring, 55
speed
LAN (local area network), 249
satellite Internet service, 239
switches, 265
wireless LAN, 277
speed dialing, 169
splitters, 183
spring-loaded clips, 141
sprinkler system, automating, 58
Squeezebox, 162
stand-alone analog devices, 183
stand-alone broadband devices, 183
stand-alone controllers, 334
stand-alone receiver unit, 123
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stand-alone sender unit, 123
star architecture
wired LAN, 261–263
wiring a phone system, 196–198
StarBand, 240
starting your day, 12–13
stress detectors, 298
structured cabling systems
alarm systems not supported by, 41
all-in-one cables, 40
applications not supported by, 41
components of, 40
customized wall outlet plates, 40
multizone hi-fi audio not supported by, 41
overview, 40
service centers, 40
support by, 41
vendors for, 42
subnets, 254
subzones, 316
SunRocket, 186
supplementary, PC-based VoIP services,
186
surge protectors, 349
S-video connector, 97
switches
cost of, 266
overview, 261–262, 332–333
ports, number of, 265
router integration, 265–266
speed of, 265
wiring, 350
•T•
tablet computers, 208
tabletop controllers, 334
tamper switch, 302
taskmasters, 374
T-commerce, 219
TDD (Telecommunications Device for the
Deaf ) devices, 180
telco-return modem, 236
Telecommunications Industry Association
(TIA), 38–39
telephone interfaces, 334–335
telephone management devices, 218
telephone wire, 314
telephony adapter, 201
telescopes, 378
television options for home network, 59
temperature sensor, 302
10Base2, 260
10BaseT, 260
terminal blocks, 35
thermal paper fax, 177
thermostats, controlling, 50
3D home theater, 378–380
3G cellular radios, 213
3G mobile data services, 244
time savings as reason for home
network, 19
timeline for your home network, 69–70
timers, 334
toilets, high-tech, 252
TomTom, 375
topology, 109
TOTO USA, Inc., 252
touch panels, 336–337
touchscreen monitors, 215
toys, future. See future toys
traditional PCs, 206–207
transferring calls, 48
Transporter, 163
TV and video systems
analog TV signals, 74
ATSC (Advanced Television Standards
Committee) signals, 75–79
audio systems, 152
digital light processor (DLP), 81–82
digital TV signals, 75–79
direct-view televisions, 80
DVD player, 85
flat-screen televisions, 82–84
HDTV (high-definition television), 76–79
in-home video devices, 85
IPTV (Internet Protocol TV), 79
laserdisc player, 85
LCD technology, 82
LCoS (liquid crystal on silicon), 82
media servers, 84
microprojection televisions, 81–82
1080p, 77
overview, 73–74
personal computers, 85
projection televisions, 80–82
Index
PVR (personal video recorder), 84–85
types of televisions, 79–84
VCR (videocassette recorder), 84
video game machine, 85
video source components, 84–85
TV connections from outside world
antennas, 86
broadcast television, 85–86
cable television, 86–88
indoor antennas, 86
outdoor antennas, 86
overview, 85
satellite television, 89–92
TV rooms, connecting wires in, 115–116
TV-mounted broadband devices, 183
twisted-pair cabling, 32–33
2.4-GHz digital spread-spectrum phones,
171
2-jack modular adapter, 39
two-way modems, 237
two-way satellite Internet service, 239
•U•
Ubuntu, 207
UL listing, 139
Unicom, 42
unified messaging, 219
universal modules, 331–332
Universal Powerline Bus (UPB), 327
unlicensed mobile access (UMA), 187
unrated 75-ohm coax, 101
Uplink, 320
uplink port, 264–265
UPS (uninterruptible power supply), 322
USB external NIC, 280
USTec, 42
utility room as location of central wiring
closet, 29
•V•
V.90 56-Kbps modems, 226
V.92 56-Kbps modems, 225–226
V.PCM, 226
VCR (videocassette recorder), 84
VDSL, 228–229
VDSL 2, 228–229
vendors
routers, 256–257
for structured cabling systems, 42
Verizon, 230, 234
Vesture, 374
Vialta, 183
vibration sensor, 302
video chats, 54
video devices to be networked, 17
video game machine, 85
video monitor for front door, 62
video network. See also wiring a video
network
coaxial video networks, 100–108
overview, 95–96
video signals, 96–100
video phone, using a PC as, 217
video servers, 377
video signals
A/V interconnect video cables, 96–99
baseband distribution, 96
broadband video-distribution system,
99–100
overview, 96
video source components, 84–85
video surveillance
CCTV options, 308
network options, 309
overview, 307
PC options, 308
video systems. See TV and video systems
videoconferencing, 183, 217
video-monitoring capability, 50
videophones, 48
Videotron, 236
virtual day of living in your smart home,
12–15
visitors, monitoring, 55
voice control, 338, 355
voice mail, 169, 227
voice recognition, 58
voice-activated dialing, 169
VoIP phone service
analog telephone adapter (ATA), 187–188
on cellular phones, 192
features of, 185–187
fixed mobile convergence (FMC), 187
landline replacement services, 186
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911 requirements, 186
overview, 184–185, 281
PC as a phone, 188
softphone software, 188
supplementary, PC-based VoIP services,
186
unlicensed mobile access (UMA), 187
VoIP phones, 188
voltage switch, 118
Vonage, 186
VPN support by routers, 256
•W•
wall outlet size option for modulators, 107
wall outlets, senders and receivers
integrated into, 123
water disturbance sensor, 302
water levels in pools, monitoring, 56
water pumps, controlling, 51
WDS (wireless distribution system),
285–287
weather sensor, 302
weather-protected outdoor closet as
location of central wiring closet, 29
Web-enabled TV, 221–222
WebLink II software, 353
weightloss on the Internet, 375–376
WHDI (Wireless High-Definition Interface),
126
Wi-Fi Alliance, 275
Wi-Fi protected access (WPA), 282
WildBlue, 240
WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for
Microwave Access), 243
window coverings, motorizing, 50
Windows Home Server, 18, 210
Windows-based PCs, 206–207
Wintel machines, 206–207
wired connections, not using, 370
wired equivalent privacy (WEP), 282
wired intercom systems, 93
wired IR-repeater networks
with CAT-5e/6 cabling, 362–363
coaxial cable network used with, 358–359
dedicated IR control wires, using, 360–362
emitter-connecting blocks, 344
hardwired IR network, 360–363
infrared emitters, 343
infrared sensors, 343
IR keypad controllers, 344
multizone system, 360
overview, 343–344, 357–358
remote power injectors, 359
signal/injector splitters, 358–359
wired LAN
bridges, 271–272
bridging mode, 270
broadband modem, 269–270
cabling, 260, 263–268
CAT-5e/6 LANs, 259–263
central node, 264
connectors, 263–268
Ethernet, 260–261
how it works, 268–269
hubs, 261–262, 264–265
integration with no-new-wires networks,
270–272
Internet connection, working with your,
269–270
ISA (industry standard architecture) bus,
266
network components, 263–266
NIC (network interface card), 260,
266–268
overview, 248–249
packets, 262
patch panel, 264
PCI (peripheral component interconnect)
bus, 266
punchdown block, 264
software for, 268
star architecture, 261–263
switches, 261–262, 264–266
uplink port, 264–265
wireless audio systems
digital media adapters (DMAs), 162–163
EOS system, 161
overview, 158–159
Sonos Music System, 159–160
speakers, 163
Yamaha MusicCAST, 160–161
wireless controllers, 336
Index
wireless distribution system (WDS),
285–287
wireless HDMI systems, 126
Wireless High-Definition Interface (WHDI),
126
wireless Internet connection
802.16d-based service, 243
802.16e-based service, 243
fixed systems, 242
mesh networks, 242
metro Wi-Fi networks, 243
overview, 241–242
portable systems, 242–243
Robert Hoskin’s Broadband Wireless
Exchange Web site, 242
3G mobile data services, 244
WiMAX, 243
wireless LAN
access point, 279–280
base station, 279–280
Bluetooth, 287–289
community wireless LANs, 283
digital media adapters, 281
802.11a standard, 275–276, 277
802.11b standard, 275, 277
802.11g standard, 276, 277, 278
802.11n standard, 276, 277, 278–279
gaming consoles, 281
IP address, assigning, 284
location, finding, 284–285
NICs (network interface cards), 280
overview, 248–249, 274
PAN technologies, 287–288
passwords, 282
PC peripherals, 281
routers, 256
security, 281–283, 285
Skype, 281
speed of, 277
standards, 274–278
steps for setting up, 283–285
used with power line networking, 294
VoIP, 281
WDS (wireless distribution system),
285–287
WEP (wired equivalent privacy), 282
WPA (Wi-Fi protected access), 282
wireless line-level distribution systems,
163
wireless phone jacks, 121
wireless phone systems
cordless VoIP, 201–202
DECT phones, 202
jacks, wireless, 202
multiline, multistation cordless phone
systems, 201
overview, 200–201
phone options for home network, 48–49
telephony adapter, 201
wireless speaker systems, 163
wireless systems. See also specific systems
disadvantages of, 26
intercom systems, 93
overview, 213
prewiring for, 315–316
security systems, 311
wireless video-distribution systems
MediaFlex system, 126
overview, 124–126
wireless HDMI systems, 126
wires, not labeling, 372
wiring a phone system
architecture for, building, 195–199
bedroom requirements for, 194
daisy-chain architecture, 196
demarcation point, 197
dining room requirements for, 194
drop, 197
end devices, 198
family room requirements for, 194
feed, 197
gateway, 197
home office requirements for, 195
home theater requirements for, 195
hybrid architecture, 198–199
kitchen requirements for, 194
KSU/hybrid phone system, 199–200
KSU-less phone systems, 200
living room requirements for, 194
overview, 193–195
star architecture, 196–198
wiring a security system
audio interface, 321
in basement, 316
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broadband interface, 321–322
derived channels, 317
fire-alarm cable, 314
home-control interface, 320
intercom cable, 314
phone line interfaces, 318–319
prewiring your home, 313–316
RJ-31X connection, 319
RS-232, 321
security loop, running a, 314
subzones, 316
supervision, 317–318
supervision for wireless systems, 318
telephone wire, 314
types of wire, 314
wireless interface, 320
wireless system, prewiring for, 315–316
zones, 316–318
wiring a video network
bidirectional video distribution panel, 112
with CAT-5e/6, 122–124
to central distribution panel, 111
digital cable, 112
distribution panel, connecting wires at,
113–115
external video connection, 110
for HDTV, 113
in-room video connections, 115–116
internal video connection, 110
overview, 109–112
phone line video distribution systems,
126–127
recap of, 117–118
RG6 coaxial cable, using, 110
running the cables, 113
satellite systems, 118–122
stand-alone receiver unit, 123
stand-alone sender unit, 123
TV rooms, connecting wires in, 115–116
wall outlets, senders and receivers
integrated into, 123
wireless video-distribution systems,
124–126
wiring audio systems
balanced line-level cable, 148
CAT-5e/6 cabling for, 154–158
centrally amplified audio systems,
146–147
centrally distributed star configuration,
147–148
choosing a system, 146–147
distributed audio systems, 146–147
distribution amplifier, 151–152
hybrid systems, 147
integrated amplifier, 152
multizone audio system, 152–154
overview, 145
phase, 151
single-zone audio network, 148–152
wiring existing homes, 63
wiring infrastructure, 326
Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave
Access (WiMAX), 243
WPA (Wi-Fi protected access), 282
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X10
bridges, 346–347
overview, 327, 329, 346
powerline signals, 346–349
signal coupler, 346–347
•Y•
Yamaha MusicCAST, 160–161
Yujin Robot, 374
•Z•
ZigBee, 328
ZON system, 158
zones, 316–318
Zucchetti, 374
Z-Wave, 328
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