Is audio driving structured cabling for the home?

Russound SMP (www.russound.com), a manufacturer of audio/video control and distribution systems, sees a growing need for structured cabling in the home networking market

Russound SMP (www.russound.com), a manufacturer of audio/video control and distribution systems, sees a growing need for structured cabling in the home networking market. And this need, they say, will be driven by audio entertainment systems.

The Newmarket, NH-based company believes that while computer networks were once thought to be the vehicle for structured cabling growth in the home market, consumers really want distributed entertainment-TV, stereo, video in multiple rooms.

"The next big thing is structured wiring," says Andy Lewis, director of product development and technology for Russound. "Companies thought computer networking would drive consumers to put structured wiring in their homes. But like a lot of technologies, entertainment is the thing that drives them."

Lewis says Russound is trying to capitalize on this trend with its Category 5 cable-based A-BUS audio systems.

Russound began making its patented A-BUS technology in 2000. The A-BUS system is designed to eliminate the need for room or distribution amplifiers in multi-room audio installations. The system features an amplified in-wall keypad that provides, via Category 5 cabling, a variety of control functions. The keyboard has an 8-pole connector for Category 5 installation.

As part of its plan, the company is developing OEM relationships with Home Networking companies like OnQ Technologies. Its new A-H2, A-H4 and A-H484 hubs use RJ45 connectors and are designed to mount directly into structured wiring panels manufactured by OnQ Technologies and others.

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