You can install communication lines that will integrate, connect and route your cable and phone. The system shown here, which can be installed by a DIYer, can be used to update your TV, Internet, phone and future date lines. It's a great way to take advantage of high speed Internet connections and high definition TV.
These are the connectors and cables used for phones, computers and TVs.
CAT-5 wires are used to connect your computer to the module.
CAT-5e modular jacks are used to make phone connections.
Coaxial cable gives your TV a clearer signal than traditional TV cable.
If you want to set up communication lines and be ready for anything that comes along this century, you need a system that will allow you to integrate, connect, route and modernize telephone, TV, Internet and all future data lines. We can't guarantee that our system will take care of everything (no one knows what's coming), but if you install the stuff we show here, you should be set for the next 25 years or so.
You can install the system yourself using tools and materials found at a well-supplied home center. The key to this system is to feed two telephone and two coaxial cables from each wall jack to the central communication center so you can easily link any electronic components in the future. That means buying a lot of cable, but don't worry—cable is relatively cheap. Phone connections are made by linking different phone ports with “patch cords.” Video cable links are made by connecting cables with cable splitters.
There's room in the telecommunication distribution box for other electronic enhancements too. At some point, you may want to add computer networking components, hardware to boost video signals and more cable splitters for connecting different components.
Here's the basic hardware you'll need:
Avoid tight bends of less than 2-in. radius; smooth, gradual ones are best to protect the wire.
Clamp cables to framing with nylon cable straps, lightly secured around the cables and screwed to the framing. Never compress, crush or deform the wire.
Pull gently on cables when feeding them through holes and tight spaces. Pulling with more than 20 lbs. of force (as if you were really pulling your bootstraps tight) will distort the delicate twists and compromise the quality of signals.