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Thanks for all the great info!

When all said and done I only had put one run into the attic. Thankfully the floor joists are the manufactured variety and look similar to what you see below:



The finished ceiling in the basement has recessed lighting; which, when removed becomes a handy little porthole to the floor above. I was then able to fish cabling through the floor joists without getting near any electrical. One bedroom was just too difficult to reach this way so I went to the attic and back down as mentioned above.

Here's what I did for a switch:

D-Link EasySmart 16-Port

What makes the Nighthawk so much better than the AC68U? Not trying to defend - just curious is all.
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What makes the Nighthawk so much better than the AC68U? Not trying to defend - just curious is all.

Good question. According to the Wi-Fi Alliance certification report on the two devices, the ASUS device does not support the following that the Nighthawk/R7000 does:

3 x Tx Spatial AC streams
3 x Rx Spatial AC streams
WMM-Power Save
802.11n RIFS test

Now, I bet that the Asus router does actually do 3 spatial streams as advertised (there's no way to hit the advertised data rates without them). However, the Alliance either wasn't able to get them to work or else they didn't work within the bounds of 802.11ac specification. Something to consider.

The 802.11n RIFS will give the Nighthawk a slight (5-10%) edge in 802.11n performance. Not terribly important but worth mentioning.

WMM-Power Save is a glaring omission. Any devices that you use to stream media will do FAR better for battery life on the Netgear vs the Asus. In essence, the Asus router only supports the legacy, inefficient 802.11 method of power save. Not the "new" one (that's been around since 2005...).

Alliance reports:

ASUS
Netgear
Heisenberg
(10 items)
 
Redemption
(18 items)
 
 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel Core 2 Extreme @ 2.8GHz (upgrade) Intel GMA 950 2 x 2 DDR2 667MHz (upgrade) 120GB Mushkin ECO2 
Optical DriveOSMonitorPower
Replaced with 42 W/hr aux battery Mint 17.3 1280x800 Dell 65w Dell Adapter 
CaseOther
Latitude D630 Chassis Intel 7260-802.11ac 2x2 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Not telling AsRock something Pixel Pusher 2 x 8 GB AMD Radeon RAM @ 1600mhz (All the VM's) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Crucial M4 128GB (8 second boot) Western Digital RE4 1TB Western Digital RE4 2TB Pioneer Blu-Ray Reader/Writer 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Dell U2713HM IBM Model M (CLICKY!!) 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Antec HCG-900 NZXT Source 210 (it was cheap) Logitech G502 Schiit Modi 
AudioAudio
Sennheiser HD 598 M-Audio AV40's 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-4200U Microsoft BGA1168 Intel HD 4400 8 GB LPDDR3 Dual Channel @ 1600mhz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
SK Hynix 256GB SSD Windows 8.1 Professional 1920 x 1080p IPS Display Microsoft Touch Cover 2 
Power
48w PSU 
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Heisenberg
(10 items)
 
Redemption
(18 items)
 
 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel Core 2 Extreme @ 2.8GHz (upgrade) Intel GMA 950 2 x 2 DDR2 667MHz (upgrade) 120GB Mushkin ECO2 
Optical DriveOSMonitorPower
Replaced with 42 W/hr aux battery Mint 17.3 1280x800 Dell 65w Dell Adapter 
CaseOther
Latitude D630 Chassis Intel 7260-802.11ac 2x2 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Not telling AsRock something Pixel Pusher 2 x 8 GB AMD Radeon RAM @ 1600mhz (All the VM's) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Crucial M4 128GB (8 second boot) Western Digital RE4 1TB Western Digital RE4 2TB Pioneer Blu-Ray Reader/Writer 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Dell U2713HM IBM Model M (CLICKY!!) 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Antec HCG-900 NZXT Source 210 (it was cheap) Logitech G502 Schiit Modi 
AudioAudio
Sennheiser HD 598 M-Audio AV40's 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-4200U Microsoft BGA1168 Intel HD 4400 8 GB LPDDR3 Dual Channel @ 1600mhz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
SK Hynix 256GB SSD Windows 8.1 Professional 1920 x 1080p IPS Display Microsoft Touch Cover 2 
Power
48w PSU 
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