Mueller Community (change)
You are NOT logged in.

Low Voltage Wiring in Our Homes / On-Q Panel
All of the following posts have been contributed by citiCite members.
Viewing 1 to 7 of 7 posts
Page Header Image
Forum Navigation

Recent Forum Posts

Upcoming Events
Sorry, but there are no upcoming events.

No Image Available
Anita S.
Mueller Community

Posts: 55
Joined on December 1st, 2009
Low Voltage Wiring in Our Homes / On-Q Panel
by Anita S. on July 5th, 2011

I was going through notes I took when we moved in and thought they might be good to share. This covers telephone, cable, security, and Ethernet and explains what is going on inside that "On-Q communications panel" inside your house.

General system overview:
In most neighborhoods, utility companies run wires around the outside of the home and drill through home walls to install service in various rooms, often leaving a messy appearance and reducing energy efficiency. To avoid this, the Mueller community requires all utilities to enter homes through a dedicated communications panel on the exterior of the house. The builders bury conduit from the utility service boxes to each home's communications panel. This conduit is later used by the utility to run the wires necessary to bring service to the home. The conduit can be spotted as gray PVC pipes that poke up near the utility company service boxes in an alley. The conduit then runs underground to the exterior communication panel of individual homes. Each utility box serves multiple homes. The telephone box is gray. The cable box is green and is labeled Time Warner.

The exterior communications panel
In the communications panel on the side of a new Mueller home you'll find
1) the ends of the two gray PVC conduits coming from the utility boxes
2) a bundle of cables coming from the internals of the house
3) an empty conduit (will have just a pull string inside) coming from the internals of the house. This flexible plastic conduit is for future expansion. Ours is bright orange.
4) an electrical outlet (Probably. I'm not sure if it's not required by the neighborhood.)

When the utility comes to install service, they run wiring from their service box in the alley through the underground gray conduit left by the builder and into the home's exterior communications panel. There, they will connect their wiring to the "service" end of your wiring that was installed in the house during construction. The other end of the bundle of cables and orange conduit you see in the exterior panel goes to the On-Q panel inside the house.

The interior On-Q communications panel
The contents of the On-Q panel can be divided into a few groups:
1) telephone
2) cable
3) networking (Ethernet)
4) security
5) future expansion

Telephone - The builder ran a telephone line from the exterior panel to the "Line In" connection on the telephone distribution box inside the On-Q communications panel. This is probably run on a CAT5e cable and will have a connector that looks like an Ethernet connector, but telephone signals are being sent on it, not Ethernet. The telephone distribution box is a black panel with 10 connectors. The jacks to the left of the telephone "Line In" are the telephone lines going out to each of the telephone jacks in the house. These are also run on CAT5e cable and go to telephone jacks throughout the home. At the other end of the cable will be the familiar, skinnier connector you recognize as a telephone jack. Our distribution box has room for 8 phone connections to the home. Not all are used. The connector below the "Line In" will be used if you decide to connect a telephone-monitored security service. This allows the security system to seize the phone line and dial the monitoring company when activated.

Cable TV - The cable line coming into the home is a traditional coaxial cable. It feels stiffer than the CAT5e cables used for telephone and Ethernet. The incoming line was originally plugged into the center "In" connection on the silver 8-way cable splitter mounted on top of the telephone distribution box. If you have only cable TV, this will be the only way your cable service is connected.

Networking - If you have a cable modem installed without cable TV, the installer might have disconnected the incoming cable TV service line from the cable splitter and instead moved it to the cable modem's input. The output of the cable modem supplied by your cable provider is then connected to the input of the router you supply. You then connect the cables for the various ethernet drops you want to work in the house into the router. These are also run on CAT5e. On their other ends are Ethernet jacks throughout the home.
No Image Available
Scott Warren

Posts: 1
Joined on May 8th, 2019
Low Voltage Wiring in Our Homes / On-Q Panel
by Scott Warren on May 8th, 2019

Electricity is the need of every person and almost used in every field of life. With the increment of technology more and more people are taking interest in the rushmyessay review of electrical engineering that have scope in future as well. Because every appliance that we use in practical life runs on electricity.
No Image Available
Julia Robinson

Posts: 3
Joined on May 19th, 2019
No Image Available
lifetime lifetime

Posts: 18
Joined on February 7th, 2019
by lifetime lifetime on June 15th, 2019

You might comment on the order system of the blog. You should chat it's splendid. Your blog audit would swell up your visitors. I was very pleased to find this site.I wanted to thank you for this great read!! Natto
No Image Available
lifetime lifetime

Posts: 18
Joined on February 7th, 2019
by lifetime lifetime on June 15th, 2019

I am a new user of this site so here i saw multiple articles and posts posted by this site,I curious more interest in some of them hope you will give more information on this topics in your next articles. Erythritol
No Image Available
lifetime lifetime

Posts: 18
Joined on February 7th, 2019
by lifetime lifetime on June 15th, 2019

I want you to thank for your time of this wonderful read!!! I definately enjoy every little bit of it and I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff of your blog a must read blog! Turnips
No Image Available
lifetime lifetime

Posts: 18
Joined on February 7th, 2019
High Fiber Foods
by lifetime lifetime on June 15th, 2019

A debt of gratitude is in order for sharing the information, keep doing awesome... I truly delighted in investigating your site. great asset... High Fiber Foods
PromiseLand Learning Center
MOMS!! Mother's Day Out Program starts Aug 15! Register by June 30. Near Mueller. Also offering full-time care, 6 weeks-5 years.
Doug Gorton Professional Painting
Interior & Exterior Painting, Fence & Deck Staining, Hand Wash Houses, Screens, & Solar Panels
(512) 799-8384
Weird Window Cleaning
Contact us to receive a free estimate for your window cleaning and experience the same service provided to so many of your Mueller neighbors. Mention this ad for 10% off.
15 yrs exp. Insured.
view more ads »
© 2005 - 2012 cityCore, LLC   |   terms   |   privacy