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What network cabling should I use for my new home?

Last Modified: 2013-11-09
I am just about to network cable my new home and I wanted to know what would be the best cabling to use.

I plan to have home distribution of music, movies (H264, VOB, HD) photos etc, as well as using VOIP. Furthermore I am planning to automate lighting (using KNX modules) with the aim of integrating other house utilities in the future.

TV will be IP TV (the new Sony TVs or equivalent) as well as aerial.

My understanding at the moment is that we've got cat 5e, Cat 6, Cat 6a and Cat 7 to choose from. Further research has shown really that the choice is going to be between Cat 5e or Cat 6a, Cat 6 being largely redundant because of the new Cat 6a standard. I don't know too much about Cat 7...

What is the best cabling solution for a domestic home? And I assume the choice criteria is about back compatibility with present devices as well as future longevity for rapid technological advancements (3D, HD TV etc).

The main computers being used are Macs, though I do use PC for working from the home office.
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