I am excited to get it all working.
Next step is to build an HTPC / cut the COMCAST cord
I already have all my gear set up - now just need the internetsss... and good to go.
Anyone heard of any problems splitting a cat5 signal? I was thinking of adding an adapter to one of the lines so I can use the signal on my xbone / ps3 instead of running two cables...
Unless I'm misreading this, DON'T SPLIT IT. The ends, punchdown block, and keystone jacks use all eight wires. get a switch (gigabit, if you can find it inexpensively enough (you can find used Cisco 3550 multilayer switches for $80. 24 100Mb FE ports (that can also supply 802.3af POE), and 2 GigE GBICS (4 cables, 2Rx 2Tx). The RouterBOARD people offer some sweet looking gigabit switches, but I haven't used that since their initial boards were used as outdoor dual radio .11N WRAPs.
Worst case, fine a cheap 5 port switch for now. 3Com used to sell NJ220 5 port switches. The rear port was for backhaul to another switch, the 4 in the front for clients. It could mount flush with the wall, replacing the other ports, and it also supports VLANS.
Since you've got a chance to re-wire the house, spend a little extra dough and get 2 multilayer switches, a few cheap Access Layer Switches. You want to use VLANs to segment out broadcast traffic (and keep the kids comps from being able to see your comp on the network, QoS and traffic rules. Netflow that updates stats to your PTRG machine, so you can see exactly what's happening on the network. ACL, VACL, PACLs, port security, hot standby routing protocol, etc... The list goes on and on. Oh, and seriously consider cat6 (definitely buy a cable tester, since it has tighter tolerances.)
Oh, and far as cutting the cord, does your TV support WirelessHD, and are there computer dongles to enable a PC to transmit? It's the same 60GHz spectrum as the upcoming WiGig, and it's fast enough to carry HDCP content and audio.