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House Wiring
updated: Feb 05, 2013, 3:45 PM

I just bought a new house and need someone to wire it for CAT6 network and coaxial cable. Has anyone had this done, and could you provide recommendations for someone to do this?

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Fry'sPowell ElectricUtopia
Vision Communications

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 COMMENT 371105 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-05 03:23 PM

Vision Communications on State Street.


 COMMENT 371118 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-05 03:48 PM

Santa Barbara Home Network and Cable Wiring Co. - very experienced and their prices are appropriate for quality work. "Keep it Local!!"


 COMMENT 371129 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-05 04:01 PM

I would recomment Data/Tel Connection. He has experience running data cable in residential and won't hack up your place. He helped me design a wiring scheme for my home. Very professsional, local, and private. You can look up his site at datatelconnection (dot com)


 COMMENT 371134P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-05 04:13 PM

We used a guy named Alex for our office downtown, he was affordable & very efficient. his cel is 805.451.2755


 COMMENT 371135 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-05 04:13 PM

Santa Barbara Teleconnect if you want it done right, on time, and on budget! They are awesome.


 COMMENT 371136 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-05 04:16 PM

Call Scott at Advanced Cable Systems, they are working at Cottage Hospital so you know they are experts.


 PURPLERIDER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-05 05:02 PM

Bummer isn't it having to bring older homes up to today's standards for data transmission? Twisted pair phone wiring no longer cuts it. Good luck.


 COMMENT 371187 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-05 06:47 PM

Definitely can't go wrong with local company Vision Communications!


 COMMENT 371194 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-05 07:01 PM

A second vote for Advanced Cable. BTW, why CAT 6 instead of 5e?


 COMMENT 371201 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-05 07:24 PM

Don't know why you would go with 5e over 6, considering how bandwidth-heavy many internet applications are becoming and the performance gains/lack of signal loss associated with 6. Besides, future proofing is always good. Might cost you a little bit extra, but still.. :)


 COMMENT 371203 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-05 07:38 PM

WiFi, look into it.


 COMMENT 371204 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-05 07:38 PM

Consider also adding fiber optic runs - or at the least, leave some room and some extra zip/pull cords in the conduit for when you do want FO.


 COMMENT 371215 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-05 08:27 PM

I did it myself. Fortunately, the house is on a raised floor and is single story, so access was not too bad. Got all the Leviton QuickPort parts from California Electric off Milpas, plenum cable from Home Depot. Newegg also has plenum in stock.

If your house is multi-story and on slab, make sure whomever you hire has experience with this situation. Some commercial installers work mostly with offices where a false cieling or raised floor makes the work easier (well, at least different).

Cat6 vs Cat5e is a no-brainer, the difference in cost won't be that much unless you are really pinching pennies (in which case you should do it yourself) or live in a mansion.


 COMMENT 371220 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-05 08:48 PM

I thought Cat5e was fine for up to gigabit ethernet, which (if true) would fulfill most people's home networks (YMMV). Totally agree with others that if you are paying a pro to do the install just go with Cat6 since most of the cost will be in the labor and terminations.


 COMMENT 371265 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-06 06:37 AM

Ryan with Utopia is the best


 COMMENT 371268 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-06 07:03 AM

Powell Electric. They did my office, cat 5, electrical, phone, cable. Clean, quick, neatly laid out and made up at boxes, no wire strippings or e-tape left in the dirt which I often see( I'm in design/constuction industry).


 COMMENT 371302 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-06 08:20 AM

I can do it for you I have 30 years computer and data com and cabling experience...call me Jon williams 8054538017


 COMMENT 371316 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-06 08:51 AM

If I remember correctly Fry's is in Ventura/Oxnard area now. It you are going that way you might want to check the price of materials there if you're doing your own wiring. Don't think you'd want to pay for the freight costs of a 1000 foot roll of CAT 6 so finding it where you can pick it up is worthwhile.

In Silicon Valley they have just about the least expensive wire and hardware for networking. Also there are a lot of sources on the Internet that sometimes have good quality items at very good prices. When Fry's had only 2 or 3 stories I used to buy that type of stuff for the college I worked for and get it on a will call basis.

I think these days I'd just depend on my wireless router to get the internet to the other end of the house.


 COMMENT 371329 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-06 09:16 AM

Fry's is awesome!


 COMMENT 371386 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-06 10:52 AM

Ditto: Vision Communications. Our computer company liasons with them. Professional experienced team.


 COMMENT 371671P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-06 09:43 PM

Insight Electric, Richter Electric, and Waterfall Electric all have extensive experience in running and fishing CAT5e and 6, and quad shield coax. I have worked with all three and are equally fantastic at fishing wire down walls and terminating them. They usually leave the network setup to a network pro.


 COMMENT 371844 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 11:21 AM

Oddly enough you can get a service contract from Cox for about 6 bucks and they'll send someone out.
You can cancel the contract anytime.



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