Homes today are increasingly becoming highly dependent on telephone and data services. Long gone are the days when such wiring was a reserve of commercial properties and offices. Today, you need both data and telephone wiring to connect your TVs, computers, tablets, and phones to voice and data services. If you need to seek a cabling service from your electrical company in order to enjoy all these functions, you can save time and ensure a proper job is done by first planning the installation details. To help you do this, ask yourself the following questions.

How many phone lines do you need?

Of course, you need a phone line for your home. The question, however, is: how many phone jacks/connection outlets do you need? You should have several connection points to ease phone use around the house. The larger your house is, the more phone jacks you will need. The most convenient places to situate phone outlets include the kitchen, the living room, the master bedroom, and the study (if you have one).

How many data outlets do you need?

Unlike telephones, data cabling serves numerous electronics in your home. These include the TV, computers, laptops, phones, tablets, fax, and CCTV systems. In addition to this, you most likely have several TVs and computers in your home, all of which can benefit from a direct connection to data. You may also want to get a music wiring service that will allow you to channel live music from your Hi-fi system to different rooms in the house. After evaluating all these, you will have a good idea of how many data points you need in your house.

Where to do you want your outlets installed?

Once your telephone and data cabling technician understands your connectivity needs, they'll then want to know where you want your outlets installed. For maximum convenience, you should have the outlets placed nearest to the point-of-use. This will reduce the amount of cable you need to connect to your devices. It will also reduce the mess of tangled wires you'll have to deal with on a daily basis.

Remember, you can also have a wireless router installed for your data needs. This will allow you to access data remotely all around the house, thus eliminating the need to rely on physical cables.

Where should your cables pass through?

The other factor you need to evaluate before calling the cabling company is where you want the cables passed through around your house. In most applications, telephone and data cables are passed through ceilings, floors and walls. If your home was constructed with in-built wiring already installed, the electrical company will use that same infrastructure to make an easy installation. However, if no such infrastructure exists, the cabling technicians will have to start from scratch, pulling wires across different rooms.

Once you decide on the above, you will be in a much better position to detail what you want to the electrical company. This will reduce the installation time and guarantee you a well-thought out telephone and data system that will serve you adequately for a long time to come.