More and more people are turning houses into smart homes with the ability to remotely control appliances, lights, computers, security cams, etc. from a computer, tablet or smartphone. It can be a nightmare trying to manage all the cables and connections unless you simplify network deployment with a media panel.

Media Panels Simplify Networking

A structured wiring media panel has several functions. They terminate and distribute signals from service providers (telephone, DSL, CATV, cable modems, wireless devices, etc.) and provide a single, secure location for smart home control modules.

Media panels simplify network deployments by centralizing terminations. This makes configuration changes and upgrades much easier and potentially increases the value of the home since integrated smart home infrastructure has become more attractive to prospective home buyers.

Benefits of a Plastic Media Panel

If you are looking for a media panel for a home or business network, just remember this simple Rule of Thumb: Plastic is in!

Lightweight, durable, less expensive, fire-resistant thermoplastic enclosures are rapidly replacing the old metal panels of yesterday. But the driving force behind the demand for plastic is the increasing use of wireless devices. Let’s face it, when it comes to WiFi, being surrounded by metal can severely reduce the operating range and signal quality of a wireless device, greatly reducing a device’s effectiveness.

If you can only receive WiFi in one corner of a room, then your wireless device may need to be relocated. The best place to install a wireless device is in the middle of the desired target coverage area. Try to stay away from metal objects like filing cabinets, appliances, and enclosures constructed of metal.

Primex Media Distribution Enclosures are media panels constructed of engineered, thermoplastic which makes it wireless device friendly. They are lightweight yet durable, easy to install, UL listed for fire retardant properties, and designed for in-wall installation for new or retro-fit home or small business applications.

The Primex Narrow/Deep Enclosures are designed to accommodate larger components mounted on a flat backboard and can replace a metal panel cover to upgrade it to a WiFi capable panel.

Overall, plastic media panels benefit your networking solution more than metal panels. With their Wi-Fi transparent and durable design, plastic is the clear choice. What’s in your smart home?