There's lots of useful info on the forums here but I'm trying to get my head around a few *basic* questions re a planned structured cabling install as part of some upcoming renovations.
We have a 3-bedroom house and plan to run cat 5e cable to the three bedrooms, two cables to the kitchen/dining, two to the living room and two to the computer niche (9 all up). Planning on putting standard RJ45 jack at all points.
What I'm unfamiliar with is how everything connects up at the hub. Here are my specific questions:
1. What exactly goes in to and out of the patch panel? What to the patch cables connect across to, specifically?
2. If we replace the copper cabling with cat 5e from the Telecom demarc point to somewhere near the hub, it should terminate with a jackpoint, right? How does the cable connect from this jackpoint into the system itself? Is it fairly straightforward to merge the cat 5 cable with the telecom box at the front of the house?
3. What other gear would typically be placed in the vicinity of the patch panel (router etc) and how does this connect into the network.
Apologies for the noob questions but I'd really appreciate your input. I'm keen as to do this as a DIY job (while the pros do all the other construction).