Hi, great forum.
I was directed over here by some of the folks on Audioenz.
I have read through the sticky in this thread by Cyril and subsequent blog by sbiddle on what should go into a new house for networking etc.
We are about to embark on a new house which I had wanted to wire for networking in most rooms plus office plus 7.1 home theatre in the lounge incl dual projector/plasma requirement.
I have seen something like the ST2000A sigtech box as seen http://www.sigtech.co.nz/webapps/p/72000/105425/398809]. Its going to be a 4 bedroom house so Im guessing that I may need more data ports (these look to be scaleable?), does this look like the right sort of distribution unit?
I assume that I simply patch one of the ports to an adsl router/modem and that means any of the ports has net access and that I don't need another switch (or whatever it may be called) to set up a home network?
Before I embark on such a project, I can't see anywhere on the sigtech site about prices, nor can I find anythng, not to sure if this is commercially senstive information, but "ballpark" how much would one of these set me back and can these be purchased by normal people?
I spoke to one company in Christchurch about quoting for this plus an alarm, the person said that cat6 would be a requirement, but reading through the post, it would seem that cat5e is quite sufficient for most uses?
In terms of our requirements, I guess we may add network media players at some point streaming a max of 1080p, but I really can't see this happening too soon in the future.
I have enough knowledge/skill to be dangerous but not quite enough to do this sort of thing without guides, any tips and/or help would be much appreciated