Vast Metro Communications

Residential Structured Cabling


A home network is a tremendously useful, in-demand feature that presents exceptional value to the homebuyer.  As such, pre-wiring is becoming the standard in new homes and other residential buildings being built today.

The TIA/EIA strongly recommends their standards be followed when new homes or residential buildings and or renovations of residential buildings are done. The TIA/EIA spell out what the minimum wiring standards should be to take advantage of today’s technologies and beyond.
Vast Metro Communications specializes in the proper installation of telephone / Data / CATV / Satellite / and broadband Internet cabling and distribution equipment.  We ensure that installation meets or exceeds codes and standards, as well as the client’s requirements.

TIA/EIA lays out two different types of residential outlets in the home, Grade 1 and Grade 2.  Learn more about these outlet types below:


Grade 1 Outlet
A Grade 1 Outlet consists of a minimum of one Cat 5e twisted pair cable and 1 RG6 coaxial cable terminated on the same faceplate at multiple locations through the residence.
  • The twisted pair cable could be used for different services, some of which may be a phone, fax or a network cable. (Network cables in homes can be used for many things, the most common at this time being home networks, which allow multiple family members to access a high speed internet connection simultaneously, or to share a printer.
  • The RG6 coaxial cable could be used for different services also, such as CATV or Satellite.


Grade 2 Outlet
A Grade 2 outlet consists of a minimum of two twisted pair cables and 2 RG6 coaxial cables and possibly fiber optic cables terminated on the same faceplate. Advantages and Details include:

  • Greater flexibility with your structured cabling
  • Two or more different services at that location just by utilizing the two Cat 5e cables
  • RG6 coaxial cables can be used for additional services such as CATV or Satellite
  • The fiber optic cable “future-proofs” a home. Moreover, the fiber can be left “dark” (un-terminated) until needed