International builders show, Las Vegas, Nevada, January 22 through the 24th 2013
Mitsubishi international, FiberFin.   Booth # 2250

New Homes – Digital Networks as Standard!
Imagine buying a new home only to find that your electricity supply only reached as far as your front door and you had to run cables all around you home to power your electrical items; or your water supply was a single standpipe in the kitchen and you had to carry water to other rooms; or you gas supply didn’t reach you cooker.


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All these services are seen as essential to the running of a modern home and no one would expect to build a new home without considering how these were distributed and used.
Well now there is another service which is being seen by many to be as essential as the other three – broadband.
The adoption of the Internet and the take up of broadband services by people around the world has been unprecedented and the benefits that this offers has already changed the way people live and it has the potential to make even greater changes in the future.

Add to this the new technology that will be required to manage a modern, environmentally friendly home and the need to link this technology to an operation and control center then you start to realize that the next ‘must have’ in the modern home will be a digital network.

Many people consider that all new homes should be built with a home network already installed and builders are discovering that houses that sport new technology are easier to sell and bring with it a premium price. The future proof home will need to have a digital network at its heart and access to an Internet connection will be an essential part of every room of every home.
The fastest networks are those that run over fiber optics but it has long been considered too expensive and difficult to deploy the industrial, glass type fiber within the home; there are also safety issues with this type of fiber and this has left domestic consumers having to settle for copper cables or wireless systems.

All that may now have changed with the introduction of a plastic optical fiber system called Fibrepoint that has been designed for modern high speed home networks.

Plastic Optical Fibre, or POF as it is known in the industry, is not new, in fact it has been around longer that its glass counterpart. It is used extensively in the motor industry and many high end cars now have POF cables connecting their sophisticated electronic engine management and media systems.

The reason POF has always come second to its glass counterpart is transmission distance. Modern glass fibre optic cables can send digital signal many Km without the need for regeneration but poor old POF can only manage a hundred meters or so. But in the home (or in cars) this restriction is not a problem as most cable runs are no more than about 30 meters. POF is also safe to use and, due to some clever design, easy to install and you don’t need to find a qualified electrician to do the work. In addition to high speed data transmission, Fibrepoint have incorporated a low voltage DC distribution system that will allow you to run many of today’s digital products and use less power in the process.
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