One cable to rule them all
If you could see inside your walls today, you have wire running everywhere. In addition to all of the copper wiring for your electricity, we also have wiring for phone and cable in the walls of just about every home in the country. Some homes also have additional wiring for internet, audio systems, and home automation gear. In a high-tech home, the bundle of wire inside the walls can be large and the more wire you have, the bigger the chance of breakage.
The more wire in the home, the higher the cost of installation as well and the more time it takes to get the cabling ran. At CES 2011, the HDBaseT Alliance will be showing off a new HDBaseT whole-home network that sounds epic. The new home network will use a single cable to run just about everything you need in your home. The single HDBaseT cable will be available to shoot HD video, audio, internet, and 100w of power for controls and other uses through a single cable up to 328 feet. In many homes that will mean you can connect the entire home with a single run of cable.
The implications for this are very impressive and will make it much more likely, that a homebuilder will take the time to have cabling for modern services installed. My home is only a few years old and the builder would not run anything other than cable and phone lines inside the walls during construction. With the HDBaseT cable, he could have pulled less cable and given me more connectivity inside my home.
The cabling can push content using a media hub controller to things like your smartphone or tablet wirelessly inside the home. This is one of the coolest things I have heard of from CES 2011 so far and anyone that wants a connected home will see the potential here.
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“HDBaseT is an all-in-one technology that capitalizes on an inexpensive, familiar cable and connector already installed in many homes, and is an ideal solution for the whole-home network of today,” said Ariel Sobelman, president of the HDBaseT Alliance. “This technology cuts down the bundle of cables and brings together a home’s CE devices into a feature-rich, yet efficient, network. HDBaseT enables a whole-home experience with the flexibility and features consumers demand, while using a single, long-reach LAN cable with RJ45 connectors, already common in households for its Ethernet use.”