First, the pre-wire plan should be included in all new construction. The term ‘prewiring’ refers to the installation of cables and wires during a new home’s construction. It includes the AC electrical wiring, as well as the low voltage, home systems cabling. The book, Structured Wiring Design Manual, by Robert N. Bucceri, is an excellent source of information for prewiring, and will also introduce you to the smart home systems for where prewiring is installed.
If you’re considering opting out of prewiring based on the wide availability of wireless devices today, remember that, despite industry norm to push towards standardization, many wireless devices still use single organization owned protocols, thus making them incompatible with other manufacturer’s products. Partly for this reason, most home systems products are designed with structured wiring in mind. Here’s a tip: Prewiring is a permanent upgrade to your home,thus increasing its value at sale time.