Are you a streamer moving into a new home for your new business, or at least making renovations for your current home? There are a lot of sound, comfort, and convenience choices to make, and so many of your important choices involve electrical improvements. Here are a few electrical concerns to keep in mind as you plan a successful streaming career.
General Electrical Inspections Are Key
Before going into streamer specifics, make sure to get a standard inspection that any building would need. This involves checking outlets, looking for bad wiring in the walls, and looking at larger non-outlet connections such as central air conditioning and heating systems.
If your building has been around for more than a decade--or if it's been more than a decade since the building's last electrical inspection--there may be some electrical damage to clean up. Electricity is basically harnessed lightning in a very organized form, but it's still a powerful source of heat and the wiring will show some wear and tear.
The wiring issues are even more drastic if your building has been struck by lightning in the past, or if there is a rodent or other chewing pest problem. The wiring can work even if frayed strands of copper wiring are touching, but it's just a matter of time before the damage pulls the wires further apart. This is especially relevant during colder months when thermal contraction (negative thermal expansion) pulls the wiring apart even by a few millimeters.
Wiring And Tech Consistency
The above inspection will reduce power outage risks, but you're not quite done yet. Now you need to make sure that all of your streaming technology is easy to use and well-connected.
Although wireless internet is on a steady road towards getting faster and more consistent, it's no substitute for a wired, dedicated connection quite yet. Your most important internet streaming tasks will be tethered to a router/modem and the Ethernet cable, which has a limited effective distance.
This may mean isolating your main workstation near a specific part of the building. Make sure to ask for a few additional outlets to give you the best possible options for setting up and later moving your main center of operations.
In addition to adding more outlets, you can have a few of your other cables routed through the walls as well. Although configuration for computers and audio/video systems are attached to their own industries, the actual wiring task can be done while electricians are already working with wall wiring.
Contact an electrician to discuss other electrical and wiring-related tasks to keep your streaming business efficient.Share