I am building a new home and the electrician suggested adding some infrastructure and cabling to permit addition of some home automation, computer networking and home entertainment. I'm not really ready to implement any of the above but the house layout is pretty simple so the logical cabling locations is pretty inutitive.
My question has to do with the brand of equipment to use. The electrician recommends On Q brand equipment and left me a catalogue to review. But I'm not sure where to buy this brand of component in the future other than the electrical wholesaler. Leviton on the other hand is available from the local hardware outlets.
The only components that really need to be purchased right now are the main enclosure and termination components for bringing the telephone and CATV lines. It appears that enclosures are made to accomodate specific brands of components. In other words, if I install an On Q enclosure and then later decide to add a Leviton router I'm concerned that its mounting attachment points might not align with the mounting slots in the On Q enclosure or vice versa.
Is there any reason to be concerned about this or are the various home automation / networking components standardized?
Is there any advantages of On Q vs Leviton?
Projects I envision taking on include some basic home entertainment, local ethernet, some lighting etc. I can gain easy access to any interior walls of the house through the attic, so we are only running Cat 5E cables and speaker wires to a few locations in exterior walls.