Despite the fact that I love the internet almost as much as I love my children, thinking about the data cabling for the house was a bit of a drag. Talk of cables, networks and links makes my eyes glaze over and muffles my speech. I was going to leave it all for my nice husband to sort out, but, well, he was in Brazil, and there I was in Perth with an appointment at Intelligent Homes made by our builders.
Our builders tout a “FutureLink package” which is described in one paragraph full of acronyms and numbers. I understood none of it. I asked the kind man at Intelligent Homes to be gentle with the technical terms and he managed to do that without being patronising. It turns out that it just meant putting cables into the house for the telly, telephone, internet and security system. All I needed to know was which rooms we plan to watch the telly in, answer the phone, etc. I thought I was home and hosed, until I received the quote for “extras”.
We are relatively non-complex IT users, so I had hoped the “FutureLink package” would cover our needs for the near future. Here are the “extras” that we may fork out for:
– upgrading the security system so that the cat/goldfish/snake won’t set off the alarm. $132.
– purchasing and installing 2 speakers for the alfresco area (the audio pre-wire was included in the package, but without speakers it’s a road leading to nowhere). $949. (After a bit of research, I’ve found that the same speakers are available for nearly half the price in the U.S., so Igor will have a little shopping to do the next time he’s passing through Miami for work.)
– extra “smart wiring” that includes pre-wiring for an intercom (so we can let people in the front gate), a TV antenna and its installation, stuff to hide the TV cables and several other items that I don’t entirely understand but are “necessary” for the “included smart wiring” to work. $1847.
I asked about installing USB charging points in the power outlets, but neither Intelligent Homes nor our builders are currently doing this. Looks like it will be an after build addition. No problem, it shouldn’t take a Sparky long to install them.
I’d love to go on, but all that has left me in need of a doze. I’ll leave you with a thrilling picture of the ground floor smart wiring plan: