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in room A (it's a closet, really), i have 8 cat-5 lines coming out of the wall. each line goes to a different room in the house.
in room B (aka, the living room), one of those 8 cat-5 lines terminates next to a co-ax jack.
so, my basic plan is:
1. put a cable modem in room B, with the input from the co-ax, and the output to the WAN port of a 4-port gigabit router.
2. one of the ports in the 4-port router will go to the cat-5 jack.
3. in room A, all lines go into an 8-port switch.
i also have the option of calling an electrician and getting a co-ax jack in room A. so i could just put an 8-port router in there. this would obviously cost money, but it would simply the network greatly.
Provide the backbone bandwidth of your switch is sufficient I'd say stick with the router & switch option - my ADSL comes in to a 4 port router, which connects to my gigabit switch which feeds the PCs and NAS. The router is 100 meg, and supports the 100 meg devices only.
If you already have all the kit, it saves paying a sparks, and possibly decorating afterwards depending on cable routing to the Comms Closet Cabinet.
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Then you definitely want the exercise; get a drill, and get some plaster to fill up the resulting superfluous holes. Do make sure that there are no pipes or cables running through the piece where you're drilling.
We all were incompetent at life when we started. You're insured? Then go for the thrill
let's just assume i'm incompetent when it comes to running lines through existing walls.
My point was it would be cheaper to hire a skilled tradesman than an electrician.
Plus if they have to cut holes or any other kind of demo an electrician won't fix it where a skilled tradesman such as myself would do the whole job.
If you don't have it yet, you can probably have the cable guy do it as part of the setup. But really that doesn't sound like a particularly complicated setup, so if you don't already have someone coming by it's probably not worth getting someone. I have a more complicated setup for getting internet to just 3 rooms / 4 permanent devices.