So after the third time in one night of my pit/boxer mix tripping over the patch cable snaking across the living room floor and knocking my linksys router on the floor, I decided I want to network my house. I'm tired of wi-fi competing for signal with the neighbors' routers and constantly dropping connections, so my ultimate goal is to be almost completely off wi-fi save for maybe a netbook or something. I've already got an idea of where I want to place the jacks and I know an unemployed electrician who is willing to help pull the cable. So here are the details of my planned install. I want to put 2 jacks in each of 3 bedrooms (on opposing walls), 1 in the bathroom, 2 in the living room behind the TV and another 2 on an opposing wall in the living room, 1 in the kitchen/dining room and 1 in the garage for my workbench. I have a tivo in 2 bedrooms and the living room that will take one of the jacks, my room also has my PS3 connected and the blu-ray player in the living room is networkable. The PCs to connect are my mom's macbook in her room, my desktop in the spare room, laptop in my room, and her desktop in the living room. So has anyone here undertaken such a task? I'm curious as to how it went and what issues if any you encountered. My big questions are... Where to place the wiring closet? Obviously ventilation, power and location are a consideration. What kind of hardware did you use? I'm thinking a managed or unmanaged switch will be fine. I'll use the router as my DHCP server and to connect to the cable modem. Did you notice any gains in speed? I'm thinking of using Cat 6 and a gigabit switch just to try to future-proof my work but I know I'm going to be limited by the speed of my router and cable modem connection.