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Our Broadband Condo: Media and Communications Needs
The second phase of our project got under way in August 2005 as we started remodeling our condo. In this phase, we tackled present and future needs for media and communications.
We were moving walls and rewiring, so we had a great opportunity to think about what equipment we should install now, what equipment we might want to install later and what wiring we would need both for now and for the future. We wired our New Jersey house nearly ten years ago; much of the technology and applications have changed since then, so we viewed this project as a "second chance" to improve on some of the ways we did things back then.
As with our home, we chose to plan and manage the project ourselves rather than hiring an integrator. As industry analysts, we have the benefit of hearing many people's views of the future. In planning the cabling and equipment, we wanted to apply our best judgements of future needs and technologies.
As with the PC and Internet planning in phase 1, we first considered the user needs and the current environment at the Pointe Santo condo complex.
There are two broad sets of user needs: what we want to provide for guests staying in our condo, and what in addition we want for ourselves. We expect to address some of these needs now, and more as new technologies become available.
For our guests
We'll have guests renting our condo, and family and friends who are visiting. We'd like them to have the media and communications they are becoming used to at home, and the ones they'll get over the next ten years. This includes support over time for:
PC and Internet
Since our condo is mostly occupied by renting guests, it's important that guests be able to use all the media and communications equipment at the condo without calling us for help. We'd like
The Current EnvironmentThe Pointe Santo complex does not allow satellite dishes, so our television services all come from Comcast, the local cable provider. The complex provides analog cable service to all units. Comcast also offers digital cable, many high-definition channels, cable modem and digital telephone services.
We subscribed to cable modem service soon after buying our condo. We expect to subscribe to digital cable and high-definition television as part of this project, and may want to subscribe to digital phone service in the future.
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