I will shortly be starting a relatively long term home renovation project (hoping to have the house done within the next 18 months or so). As part of this, I would like to upgrade the wiring in the house, specifically installing a home network/LAN.
I've read quite a bit already posted in this forum about what can and cannot be done over network cable with or without various adaptors, whether it is worth running coax at well as netwrok cable etc. etc. And while I'm now full of plans and ideas, because of the long term nature of my renovations, I am a bit wary about doing something now that I will regret later. In particular, there seem to be some systems out there that will handle audio, video etc. all over one cable (e.g. PDL LexCom home network system). However, there also seem to be some views posted on this forum that such systems are not all that they are cracked up to be. So for now, I'd like to keep this as flexible as possible.
That said, the gib is coming off the walls of the bedrooms in a couple of weeks, so I need to do something pretty soon in these rooms at least.
Fortunately for me, I have really really good access under my house (one story, so basically have underfloor access to every room), so I am currently considering just putting mounting boxes and face plates in the walls while the gib is off, with some cable pull throughs to actually run the cable when I decide what to do. When I'm ready, I can run the appropriate cable under the house and pull up through to the mounting box and terminate with an appropriate jack.
Is there anything wrong with this plan? Should I run some sort of conduit pipe up through the floor to the mounting box?
Or is this being too cautious?
Right now, my needs are fairly basic. The living room has all of the TV, DVD, set top box etc., as well as a cordless phone straight into what is probably the main telephone jack. There couple of PCs that are currently networked to a router (one wired, one wirelessly), with a TelstraClear cable modem. The wiring for all of these has evolved over the years, with assorted wires and cables running up, down, through and over various bits and pieces of walls and skirting (the TelstraClear jacks are particularly ugly and obvious).
I'd like to tidy up all this wiring so its at least not visible, but other than that have no immediate plans to move TVs, telephones etc. to bedrooms, but I am well aware that this may be necessary in the future.
Any advice about what to do now and what to leave for later would be most appreciated.
As a slight aside, the phone is also with TelstraClear, but we hardly use this so am looking at options of just doing away with it entirely, or moving to a VoIP solution. If I went with a VoIP solution (currently looking at WXC after high reviews here), can I run a POTS phone over CAT (probably 5e) to the router/adaptor? I am fairly certain this is possible, but don't know how to do it? Can I just terminate a CAT5e cable with a BT or RJ45 phone jack?
EDIT: inserted double para spaces