Location Recommendations for Placing Telecom Outlets in Homes

Location Recommendations for Placing Telecom Outlets in Homes
The general principle for placing outlet locations is simple and is sometimes called “flood wiring”:

If your budget allows, choose outlets of the highest performance and place them everywhere where you need telecommunications services now or may need in the future.


Following this principle will save money in the long term because the tenant will not need to wire additional spaces by damaging the home structure and creating other disturbances.


The TIA/EIA-570-A standard recommends the following:

* a minimum of one outlet location shall be cabled within each of the following rooms (where applicable): kitchen, each bedroom, family/great room, den/study.

* an outlet location should be provided in each room and additional outlet locations provided within unbroken wall spaces of 3.7 m (12 ft.) or more. Additional outlet locations should be provided so that no point along the floor line in any wall space is more than 7.6 m (25 ft.), measured horizontally, from an outlet location in that space.

The last recommendation prevents the need for long extension cords.
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