My father is currently remodeling his house and he wants to basically create a wired and wireless network in his house. He's really interested in this monster router for his home network. https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product. ... -_-Product
He likes the fact that it has 8 physical ports so he can route a physical wire to every room in the house, and the fact that its suppose to handle wifi connections to many different devices without a slowdown. Its also on sale at Costco for 250, so that is a significant discount over what it usually retails for.
I haven't dabbled in networking stuff for quite awhile, and my googling on the subject doesn't quiet end up answering my questions. My gut is that this is overkill, and that there is a cheaper router solution out there that can be paired with a switch that will handle high speed internet to multiple devices (physical and wifi) just fine.
Some opinions and suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!
Routers come and go... The house wiring in general cant.
Major cost is the first drop(damn jacks/plate, time to drill holes,...), adding a 2nd/3rd line into same spot is trivial/dirt cheap(just cost of the wire, which is nothing).
Poor assumption that you wont have gigabit internet service some time in future.
It might be good time to also wire up some speaker wires for surround sound.
Two or more ports per wall, or if tiny place, three ports per room/key location. Wire itself is cheap/nothing.
Yes alot of those will never be used, but dang they have come in handy once in a while. Have a good location for the patch panel that has some air flow (if at least just a vented hole near ceiling on wall/door) for not only the modem/router, but maybe a network drive and definitely a UPS!!!! dont forget space for a UPS,... Just label everything, remember, not every port has to be wired into switch. Every wall in most every room has ports, but only the active wall/ports are wired in. Has made changing around furniture doable over the years, as both devices and furniture have changed.
low voltage (ethernet, speaker wire,..) crosses high voltage(your actual electricity) in perpendicular fashion. It should never be routed right next to/along it. In general, do not buy any computing (ethernet cable, jacks, outer plates,...) from Home Depot. Way over priced. Search keystone and quickport on amazon for ports/plates.
Dont forget coax, we've moved location of modem/router quite a few times. Sometimes it sits in patch closet, now it sits in central location as it has Wifi router too.
If you want to save some money, have them just drop the lines, crimp the connectors and test the lines yourself. Very easy, as long as you're not type of person to cut corners/be lazy if you make slight mistake.
Remember, you can wire up ethernet's 8 wires with RJ-45(ethernet) head or RJ-11(phone) head, if you need for home security, or peace of mind when power goes out because of special needs... You get into fight with ISP and have to switch to DSL on principal... Anyway, dont use actual RJ-11 wire.
Plenum wiring is for office building that have drop down ceiling where the cavity also moves air, you just pop out a panel to get airflow into room. They are extra rated to not burn so as to not quickly move a fire around. You dont need that, what you do need is to make sure its in-wall rated, CM or CMR, no need for CMP. And and, never, that cheap ****, CCA, copper clad aluminum, solid copper only. Make sure you take a knife and scrape some strands and see if its silver. solid copper is normal, not premium. not getting ripped off.