The new house has nearly 3000 ft. of CAT6 and 1000 ft. of RG6 quad-shield coaxial cable. This may be just a skosh of overkill, but what would you expect from a couple techies? Most rooms have a minimum of 3 CAT6 and 1 RG6 drops in a single gang box. We’ll be using a keystone system to fit them all neatly into one faceplate. All of the runs terminate beneath the stairs, where we will have a two-post rack and patch panels.
Our electrician had to curiously ask, “What are you going to do with all of that?” CAT6 is the swiss-army knife of low voltage cabling. It can be used for ethernet data, telephone, video (HDMI over CAT6), IP cameras, and can also be used for some audio and intercom systems. We also wired for surround sound in the basement and ran a couple audio and HDMI cables there as well. Needless to say, you only get one chance to run cabling through the walls, so we loaded up!