I just moved into a house here in Tampa. It's a fairly newer house, built in 2007. Most of the homes I've bought in the past have been from the 1980s and required total renovation ... which I often did over the span of 2-3 years each time I moved into it. In this house, all I'm really having to do is paint and a few other things. I have some changes planned for pantry and kitchen, and I have to re-do the downstairs bathroom (totally plain-jane looking)... but one thing I noticed was pretty awesome. This house here in Tampa (in this community) was available with a lot of different options. The guy didn’t splurge on any real fancy stuff, but he did splurge on one feature which was pre-wiring. The home is pre-wired with an absurd number of outlets, and also pancake receptacles at every corner of eves of the house. But in addition to that, the family also got pre-wiring in every room (including the kitchen) for:
1 – CAT 5e / Internet & Network
2 – CAT 5e / Phone & PBX
3 – Cable TV (Shielded)
4 – Digital Antennae
Every room has all four of these connections built in:
Every room has a Cat 5e network drop, some rooms have multiple drops. The home also has built in digital TV antenna wiring leading to the attic which is where a digital antennae would be mounted. It has a splitter which feeds to every room in the house. Every room in the house ALSO has a separate connection for cable TV, and then of course... every room has an RJ45/RJ11 combo-connector for telephone and VOIP if I want it. Which is totally insane. I mean, I can’t say this enough... so awesome.
It all feeds into a single patch panel / network panel which is located in the master bedroom closet (Panel-1 and Panel-2). I did have to clean it up a bit because when I first realized what it was (and opened it up)... it looked horrible... so, many zip-ties later and testing and labeling all the ports, this is what it looks like:
I realize of course that... with 5G, no one cares because everything will just be connected. But I like to be hard-wired when possible, I don’t like everything being connected via wireless all the time. Even using the router that’s in the patch panel, I’m still getting ~920 mb/s download speeds... just insane. I had no idea how awesome it could be to have a home pre-wired like this... I mean, this is mind-blowing to me. I've always had to do really ghetto stuff in my past houses, or wire stuff up and run cables through the attic or all kinds of other nonsense...
In this picture, the connector is mounted to the center of the wall, which is totally weird... but if I put a hutch up there, it will cover it. I think it was meant for a TV to be mounted there...