Cleveland - Wireless technology has come a long way in the last ten years. Heck, ten years ago wi-fi was all but unheard of. Today there's a number of different ways to get audio, video and other low voltage signals throughout the home.
In the custom integration business we have a saying though. If it can be hard wired then do it. There's a caveat to that. At what expense are we hard wiring? If it means a major demolition of drywall then it probably doesn't make sense. Unless the plan was for a complete gutting as might take place in an extensive remodelling job.
A case in point. I took a look at a customers living room situation in which he wants to hang a flat panel TV over the fireplace. The equipment (ie., cable box, Blu-ray player, etc.) is located in a cabinet about 15 feet away. Without actually getting into the crawl space but knowing it was a modern fireplace on an angle in the room, I took an educated guess that we'd be able to run an HDMI line to the fireplace location.
I quoted both a hard wired and wireless solution. He liked the idea of wireless. I didn't. Running high definition video without wires is not something I'm a fan of at this point, if I can avoid it. Plus when he goes to sell the house it'd be nice to have a line between the two locations. So my head tech is going to scope it out this morning to see if it is feasible to get the HDMI line there at the labor figure I quoted.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press writes about some wireless technologies this morning, Coming (un)wired: New technologies make it easier to minimize cords in the home.
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