How To Wire A Smart Home – Top 8 Things for Smart Home Wiring

How To Wire A Smart Home – Top 8 Things for Smart Home Wiring

How to Wire a Smart Home – Top 8 Things for Smart Home Wiring. Download my free checklist here:

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Wiring a Smart Home is simple, but it’s important that your low voltage wiring uses the correct wires for the correct applications. Home Automation wiring needs to adequately future proof the home for anything you may want down the road.

In this video, I share the top 8 categories we consider on every System we design, including designs for our Clients for our Prewire Design Service you can learn about here:

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  1. haroon420 on October 4, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    So basically cat 6 everywhere. Lol. Thanks for the video. It’s helpful.

  2. Mstr Lucky on October 4, 2020 at 10:54 pm

    if you do run fiber to the TV how many strand fiber? ty

  3. Dawn Raider on October 4, 2020 at 10:54 pm

    great video except don’t encourage CAT5 unless it is a retro-fit. In a new install CAT5 will not be able to carry the higher RES formats over long distance (it possibly can over multiple cables with specific transmitter/receiver hardware). Cat6e is expensive but will reliably deliver 4K and 8K (within reasonable distance).. Future proof your designs with home installs.. They very rarely allow you to re-run cables to meet future needs!

  4. John Alvitre on October 4, 2020 at 10:55 pm

    great info, i have replaced knob and tube as complete fishing expeditions then added network capabilities. this checklist is definitely going into my redo on homes. Thank you. much easier to do it early and not need it than to not do it and have to go fishing.

  5. walkinwithjesus on October 4, 2020 at 10:57 pm

    He’s a fluffier Channing Tatum.

  6. John Man on October 4, 2020 at 10:58 pm

    Really good video, really good checklist by a really good speaker. Great job overall!

  7. Ankit badola on October 4, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    Helpful vid but wiring size will be too large

  8. TYM Smart Homes & Home Theaters on October 4, 2020 at 11:03 pm

    Thanks for watching my video, How To Wire A Smart Home.  Be sure to comment your best wiring tips, or ask any questions you have.

  9. attached flower on October 4, 2020 at 11:03 pm

    All this is absolutely unnecessary. This is pressure selling . Making you think you need something you dont

  10. Teresa Vargas on October 4, 2020 at 11:03 pm


  11. k m on October 4, 2020 at 11:03 pm

    You dont need wired… don’t tell me you do..thats a bloody lie.
    Move with the technology or get left behind.

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  13. Kathy Watson on October 4, 2020 at 11:05 pm

    Very helpful video. Clear and understandable!

  14. Samuel McLean on October 4, 2020 at 11:08 pm

    Excellent overview

  15. Gary Tilkin on October 4, 2020 at 11:09 pm

    Thank you for your video.  Short story, I have a luxury four story town house being built in Birmingham, Alabama.  Over a year ago, prior to signing papers, I established my concern that the electrician and the home automation company work together.  I requested CAT6 wires over CAT5.  And may other pre-design and construction items related to Home Automation.  The builder did none of that and I put the brakes on any insolation and dry wall being up until a Home Automation company did a wiring design.  I share this to everyone reading.  Really important to insist on coordination to save time, money, effort and aggravation. Thanks again.

  16. Super Nova on October 4, 2020 at 11:11 pm

    If anyone is watching this…I have one huge advice that people often missed when building a new smart home… THERMOSTATS…. A lot of new smart thermostats requires a C-wire… Even if your using a two wire heating system .(recommend Nest/LUX if two wire) .. I recommend you put in a 5 wire thermostat wire in the wall…it will save you tons of headaches in the future…I have a hydonic system .. I ran each room with individual heating . ($$$$) cost is a huge saving down the long run…Everyone has there own special temperature.. In the winter I like 75 degree in my room …my daughter prefer 78 degree and my son prefer 72 in his room .. say only if your son is home alone…then the only room you have to heat up is his room…while the other rooms are in save energy mode…this is where the cost is a huge savings .. I heard so many complaints from my clients that there is only one thermostat for each floor … Watch the movie Daddy Home 2 when the daughter plays with thermostat and everyone is sweating because of one thermostat..LOL

  17. Krasimir Stanev on October 4, 2020 at 11:11 pm

    What about light? Heating?

  18. Chris Tymchuk on October 4, 2020 at 11:13 pm

    Have you done a video on terminating all the Smart Home wiring into a central network panel or sever rack??

  19. vinnychoff Vincenzo Iaciofano on October 4, 2020 at 11:15 pm

    Thanks for your video it was what I needed although I have a smaller budget and am interested in tech so want to do most of the work myself. I have set up a network in my present home and as you mention. I ran out at the TV, I had 2 originally which was too few. Now I would say 4 minimum for the TV area. Look forward to your other videos and will post my project up when I start.

  20. Bevan Moore on October 4, 2020 at 11:15 pm

    Ive started planning a future house build and this is fantastic overview and very informative – thnx

  21. SingleCabSteve KN6ERU on October 4, 2020 at 11:16 pm

    The link for your checklist goes to your T-shirt sale. I need to check list not a T-shirt thanks for the info though

  22. Chael Cruz on October 4, 2020 at 11:16 pm

    how to wire? wtf

  23. Colby Larsen on October 4, 2020 at 11:16 pm

    Why would you run multiple Cat6 lines to the same location? Wouldn’t it be better to run 1 Cat6 to each room and use a 5-10 port POE switch? Seems like this is all overkill.

  24. The.K.Locker on October 4, 2020 at 11:22 pm

    Wifi 6 and / or 5G will definitely do a lot of the ‘heavy lifting’. You might need to wire in WiFi access points but they’re easily wired in later if ceiling mounted. Wifi can definitely handle TV, whole home audio and touchscreens. Wiring your surround sound is good but you’re stuck with one room configuration so you could look at wireless for that too. Just make sure your security system is wired.

  25. . . DITTER on October 4, 2020 at 11:23 pm

    Sorry for if I feed your ego ,
    But you are really good explaining keep it up👍

  26. Joey Kane on October 4, 2020 at 11:25 pm

    Top vid guys really informative

  27. cmack35 on October 4, 2020 at 11:25 pm

    Geeze Channing Tatum gained a lil weight and got into wiring. Who da thought

  28. Mustafa Khan on October 4, 2020 at 11:25 pm

    for TVs, If my house will have ATT fiber, do you recommend just 1 cat6 for video distribution, 1 cat 6 for control, 1 cat 6 for HDMI balun, and 1 fiber?

  29. Jim Amaral on October 4, 2020 at 11:26 pm

    I need help!! what’s better metal or plastic structural wiring box? Is cat5 ok for HDMI, and ethernet? Whats IR?

  30. Robert Poynton on October 4, 2020 at 11:26 pm

    Hi guys I’m looking at what I should use for window sensors. I have sliding windows and some that swing out. I can run wire to the bottom of the window frame but what kind? Also what would I use as a broken glass sensor? I know there are products out there that work on frequency and they look a bit like smoke detectors but I don’t really want them in every room of the house

  31. Jaypro on October 4, 2020 at 11:26 pm

    where do all the cat 6’s dead end at?

  32. Adam Probolsky on October 4, 2020 at 11:27 pm

    Super helpful. Thank you.

  33. Philip Hoskinson on October 4, 2020 at 11:30 pm

    Man Tatum really let himself go….

  34. nipplemilk Network on October 4, 2020 at 11:33 pm

    Btw clicked on the link entered email and nothing happend

  35. Kevin Lange on October 4, 2020 at 11:34 pm

    ALWAYS wire security contacts and motions. Wireless contacts suck, and wireless Motions suck. Changing batteries, and interference, and random dropping of wireless contacts is very common. Many monitoring companies also charge you more per wireless contact. Wireless motions go in to timeout mode, and often are not as well suited for some applications. When we wire a home, we hard wire all doors and windows, as well as motions. If we have a cut wire, we can simply add a wireless contact there. We run all our hardwired zones to a Take Module, and then the take module is powered of a SMP3 power supply and it’s own battery backup. I would NEVER leave the safety and security of my family or loved ones up to a wireless DIY security system.

  36. Sal Espinoza on October 4, 2020 at 11:35 pm

    Very useful video!! It helped me to make a customer’s proposal, Thanks!

  37. Aurva Roy on October 4, 2020 at 11:35 pm

    This is a great video that stresses the importance of running at least two cat 6 cables to each location for data and video. I hate when people run only one cable to each location just because they aren’t planning on having a second device. You never know when you’re gonna need the extra port

  38. Questchaun on October 4, 2020 at 11:36 pm

    It Steve said it must be true!

  39. Giselle Nuveau on October 4, 2020 at 11:37 pm

    I’ve been doing a lot of research about this but I have a long way to go. So Cat 6 can be used for security and network purposes. But Cat 7 and Cat 8 is out there now. Are those only for faster bandwidth speeds or can they be used throughout the home as well? I liked one of the other comments stating that the security cameras should always be wired. Makes so much more sense especially in the long run.

  40. repairdrive on October 4, 2020 at 11:38 pm

    Good info!

  41. J B on October 4, 2020 at 11:38 pm

    Hello, really appreciate the video. My Wife and I are building our home and I plan to run 4xcat6 to each tv location. One question I have is How to pick or find the correct hdmi balun for my 2xcat6 video. A lot of what I am seeing is 1xcat6 and I dont believe future proofs or even meets my current needs for 4k. Could you point me to a hdmi balun? Thanks

  42. Got Wire on October 4, 2020 at 11:40 pm

    2 or 3 car 6? I install Iptv and at most I’ve seen is if am luck is one cat 5 or cat6 at the TV location Haha

  43. Buddy on October 4, 2020 at 11:40 pm

    Channing Tatum looks like melted ice cream.

  44. D Bo on October 4, 2020 at 11:42 pm

    Great video Matt, but do any of your clients say you like Channing Tatum? Magic Matt Tthanks again

  45. Phil Hatton on October 4, 2020 at 11:43 pm

    Nice short outline. In renovating older homes, the first thing I start with is having the old electrical panel replaced with a minimum 200A panel and adding/replacing any circuit breaker panels in outbuildings/detached garages. Then I can work from those panels to add new circuits.

  46. scoobtoober29 on October 4, 2020 at 11:43 pm

    Have you started to see home owners not include coax every where. I bet so. I have a spool and will run it but wont terminate it in a jack. Just behind the Ethernet wall plate. Or should i not even do that. Just run the wires every where and leave and mark it. But don’t cut out wall plates. I bet some rooms wont every utilize a hard wire. Wifi is for most. And just make a note some where that its behind the wall in a specific spot.

    I do plan for a theater with every wire imaginable and conduit. Gobs of speaker wires 11.2 or crazy atmos some day. And fiber to projector or just conduit as well. Fiber whole house, not so much. Lots of overhead, connectors and switches are pricey.

    Great channel, thanks for the tips.

  47. AbyssalReClass on October 4, 2020 at 11:43 pm

    I don’t trust wireless. Too prone to interference (Everybody and their dog has wifi these days, and people leave it at full power because they don’t know any better and/or they are trying to get a signal through everyone else blasting the spectrum at full power), and less secure than wired.

  48. Golden Child on October 4, 2020 at 11:48 pm

    Never go wireless on your alarm when you have a choice. Bigger and uglier sensors, batteries go low and are expensive when you consider you could have 30 sensors at $5 per battery and you will have to replace all of them within 5 years, parts cost more to replace if they ever are faulty (wireless motion $40 vs hard wired motion $10, wireless door sensor $20 vs $2 for hardwired) and hard wired sensors are just more reliable.

    A hard wired system can easily go 30 years and just need 1 main battery changed every 3-5 years. A wireless system will cost you over $1000 more just in batteries over the same period and most likely other parts will need to be replaced. DON’T DO IT!

    Alarm companies are installing them cause they only care about the bottom line and wireless systems can be installed in a quarter of the time. Original install price about the same for both as hardwired uses more labor but wireless has more expensive parts. Wireless is only going to cost the homeowner more in the long run and actually make the alarm company more money in the long run with service calls as a lot of homeowners don’t want to change all those batteries themselves. Any reputable alarm company will tell you the same thing, good test to see if your alarm company is honest.

  49. NASA KillBill on October 4, 2020 at 11:50 pm

    Would love to see an update to this based on changes in technologies, viewing patterns and attitudes. 👍

  50. Bay on October 4, 2020 at 11:51 pm

    With the amount of data needed for 4K and 8K Video at fast frame rate like the Gamers want it, and to future proof your house then Fiber Optic cable all the way.

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