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First floor does not include the basement. Its a two story home. So theres 3 separate levels. The loft is not in the attic.. It's just an open area on the second floor in between bedrooms.

Currently I have 4 computers and plan to incorporate some as htpcs in at least 2 different rooms. I also would like a dedicated file / media server. Also need 2 wireless access points and one port for a network printer. The number of runs are for possible expansion at a later date and depends on orientation of furnature. I'd like to give myself options. Unless I know exactly what's going where I may cut down on a few runs.

If 10 gbps proves to be too much of a hassle then it may be worth dropping that thought. The more I think about it the more of a headache I'm realizing this may become.

I thought about wiring myself but with my work schedule I don't have much free time. Plus I'd like to have it professionally done if im going to follow through with this.
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Wiring up a house is not as technically challenging as some might think. Anyone with any knowledge in construction can run the wires properly. The two biggest things that you need to do is find a central location (which is sounds like you did) to make the "hub". This area will house the router/switch, and in my case what I did, my server. When I wired my house it was a little more simple. I have a one story house and so all the wires are able to go through the attic. As ZeroPatches said you may have to take out some drywall. If you want to save yourself some money, simply take out drywall where you need and if you don't want to patch it yourself then call someone. It doesn't take a genius to cut drywall, but repairing it a little bit more of an art.

What I learned from wiring my house is as follows: Drop multiple wires to the same location. (You may not need them currently, but it is easier and cheaper to do it now) If you don't add enough in a single room you can always add a small switch later. Make the central hub easily accessible for any maintenance. Always OVER estimate on the distance for the wires. You can always stuff wires into the wall, but you can't stretch them. Don't run wires in an attic while it is the end of summer in AZ.

But make sure you layout exactly where you want everything and then start estimating how big of a job it is going to be. Congrats on the new house! and Good Luck.
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