Abysmal Craig wrote:If you are talking about running Cat 6 cable I highly recommend it as normal cat5e can only support a download speed of around 12.5MBps while cat6e will get you around 125MB
It certainly makes sense to "do things right" in a new house, especially a large one (with basement, upper floors etc.).
OTOH, if you're only running a few short stretches between rooms after the fact, you can often get away with run-o-the-mill cat5 and eschew the significant cat6 markup.
At home I used flat, untwisted, 1-mm thick cat5, which makes it easy to run it along and through walls, under rugs, etc. and has a very high WAF :-)
At the time the LAN was running at 100Mbps and well within the cable specs. The longest stretch is twenty metres.
Last year I upgraded to Gigabit switches, to go along with PC and server upgrades. I was expecting problems with the cables, and prepared to upgrade them to cat6 equivalents (which are 30 to 50% more).
Actually it turns out that all hosts sync at 1 Gbps and happily network together at that speed, so I didn't have to change anything :-)