Originally Posted by Shub
As far as choosing the hardware is concerned, I vouch for the Netgear GS105 and GS108. I actually use a GS108T as well but that's probably of no use to you.
I've used NetGear's ProSafe products for a long time and like their reliability and sturdiness. The only thing I don't like about them is that the ports are on the front and the power input is on the back. I'd rather everything was on the back since I set mine on a desk, and it makes for a small mess of wires since I route the cables behind the desk anyway.
Yea, I have never heard anything bad about the Prosafe stuff. It is odd they have the plug on one side and the ports on the other, but not really an issue for me, since the 8 port is up ion a closet and the 5 port will probably be sitting under the desk on top of the server.
Originally Posted by Rayzer76
Lol, i'm cool with wire cable tacked under the molding, which would be under the carpet also. Wire under the middle of a carpet is a no-no. Good luck buddy, and if you're gonna do this, are you gonna upgrade the whole house to cat6? or are you already there?
I have cat 5e right now (got 500 feet for free). I will be buying some cat 6 to do the 2 drops I need and depending on speeds, may replace the current cat 5e.
The current cable for the bedroom HTPC is along the wall under the carpet, so that is why I have not been in a hurry to replace it. Not ideal, but works. I already have a hole to drop the cable for it (have an antenna and phone cable running down that wall) just need to get the cable and do it.
Still not sure which switches to get though. Netgear is what I am leaning to, but the trendnet price is more to my liking, but I have no personal experience.