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article image Banana Peel cable -- no monkeying around.

A NEW home automation cable to 'smart wire' new and existing homes for networking, security and entertainment systems, has been introduced by Belden Australia .

The HomeChoice Banana Peel composite cable has a patent-pending design that eliminates the need for an overall jacket, which makes the cables easy to handle, identify, install and terminate.

The unique design affixes the individual cables to a centre spline allowing the installer to quickly peel back the data, coaxial and optical fibre cable components ready for termination.

Verified to meet Category 5e performance standards, the HomeChoice Banana Peel range is available in a variety of combinations, with the best configuration for home automation comprising two data cables and two coaxial cables.

David Leadbetter, marketing manager of Belden Australia, said the unique design of the cable translated to an extremely cost efficient solution, because it was so quick and easy to install and terminate.

"All new homes should be smart wired to ensure they can deliver families with choices in entertainment, communications, security and home office needs now and in the future," Mr Leadbetter said.

"In the more mature US market, 42 per cent of all new homes include smart wiring and 78 per cent of new home builders offer smart wiring. At least two data cables and two coaxial cables should go into every living area in the house for maximum home automation benefits.

"We recommend that additional capacity is included in the installation for applications that may not even be available now," he said.

Belden's most popular HomeChoice cable, model 7913S, comprises two Category 5e 4-pair unshielded twisted pair data cables and two Series 6 Duobond IV Quad Shield coaxial cables.

Using this model cable to smart wire an average four bedroom home would cost approximately $700 in cable. Installation in new homes and renovations is considerably less than if it has to be retrofitted.

With a smart wired home, families have the freedom to choose the rooms in which they would like their television, pay TV, DVD, VCR and audio system access; home theatre; high-speed Internet connections; networked computer equipment; telephone, fax and intercom services; security and baby monitoring; indoor and outdoor lighting control; energy monitoring; and many other home automation needs such as the interconnection of smart appliances.

The elimination of the outer jacket means Banana Peel cables have a smaller overall diameter than traditional composite cables, which improves the cable's bend radius and because four cables are 'pulled through' at the one time, installation is much faster and easier.

HomeChoice Banana Peel composite cable is available in 152 metre and 305 metre drums.

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