The property has been gutted and stripped back to brick, internal walls have been moved around and an extension is being added to the rear. The whole place will be rewired and new plumbing is going in, including re-siting of the boiler and consumer unit, after which everything will be freshly re-plastered and decorated.
It's not a huge dwelling but we are looking to do the best we can for the budget we have, which is fairly reasonable for the type of property in question.
In conjunction with the 'mains power' and 'lighting' circuits rewire, throughout the house, I want to take advantage of the opportunity of having the walls "bare", to also install hard-wiring for AV, computer data, telephony and security alarm networks, to every part of the house.
Whilst the budget may not stretch far enough, at present, to give me everything I'd like, component-wise, in the pursuit of the perfect AV experience, I am determined to 'future-proof' the installation as much as I can, now, in terms of 'buried' cable, to avoid having to 'surface- run' cables, at a later date, as the services get upgraded. For example, the 4 flatscreen TVs that are being installed (2 up and 2 down) will, for now, need to receive and control feeds from the central entertainment system(s) located in the rear living room (Sky digital/plus/HD, analog TV, DVD player, Hi-Fi etc); Eventually, each of these TVs will get their own Sky digi-boxes, as part of a Sky Multi- room set-up, in HD, whilst still being able to receive sources from the central entertainment system.
Likewise, all rooms in the house will have RJ45 and RJ11 wall plates for ethernet computer networking, broadband internet access and telephony, as a 'fail-safe' backup to the Wi-Fi network and DECT cordless phone systems that will be present (although these will use 'off-the-shelf' components and will not be a 'designed' system.
Hardwiring also needs to be installed for a security alarm system, which may or may not be connected to a central monitoring service.
Obviously, a multi-service system such as the above, initially suggests numerous runs of different types of cabling, each specific to the signal being transmitted from point to point, i.e. co-ax, satellite cable, bell wire, CAT5 etc.
Then I saw this... http://www.bluedelta.co.uk/milestone_system.htm which claims to provide distribution of all AV feeds, over a CAT5 network, to multiple remote slaves. It also supports remote IR control over the source components, wherever they are located. It has left me wondering how much of the installation can be done using CAT5 alone? I can understand the 'slaves' accessing and controlling the 'master' feeds, but how would it deal with Sky plus/multiroom/HD at each of the 4 locations? Do I run multiple satellite cables to each location (1 for digi, 1 for Plus and 1 for HD) and put the digi-box at that point, or do I put all the digi-boxes, for each room, in a stack, in the same central location and then feed their signals out over the CAT5 network via the Milestone 2.0 system? Does Milestone need its own CAT5 network or can it share it with other data systems, i.e. broadband, ethernet, alarm system etc?
I emailed BlueDelta (creators of Milestone) with these questions about a week ago, but have yet to hear back.
So, does anyone here have any experience with this system and/or help, advice and suggestions that could aid me in my quest?
Many thanks, Dean