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Dual-Purpose In-Wall Enclosures

by On-Q

Please provide a brief description of your product or project and highlight how the product or elements of the project enhance consumers’ at-home experience.

For homeowners, On-Q dual-purpose In-Wall Enclosures can hide AV components such as cable boxes, networking switches and streaming devices behind the TV for a clean, streamlined look. When used as structured wiring enclosures, the boxes help accommodate system growth. This is an especially important capability in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic, when people are staying closer to home and investing in the IoT technologies that make their lives easier and more comfortable. Many of the devices they are adding require a hub, and without a central location to house and organize them, homeowners end up with a mess of boxes that run different parts of their connected home. On-Q dual-purpose in-wall enclosures provide a place to house and manage hubs, making it simple to add and replace devices while keeping components safe and secure.

How does this product or project reflect the changing landscape of the smart home industry?

Internet connectivity is considered the fourth utility in many of today’s households. For smart homes, it is critical — everything from automation to security systems depends on a reliable connection. To ensure the strongest possible connection for both wired and wireless devices, an infrastructure is required that neatly consolidates network components and distributes data signals throughout the home.

Akin to the “breaker box” that runs power to every corner of the home, Wi-Fi-ready plastic media enclosures combined with structured wiring can provide this infrastructure. A plastic media enclosure serves as the breaker box, housing the data source — the modem — and components like gigabit switches and network interface modules in an easy-to-access, centralized location that can be hidden in a closet or utility room.


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