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I would like to stay in that range. The reason why to keep all on the switch (or as many as I can) is because the intranet between the devices on the switch will be 1Gb where any device connected to the router will share with other devices on the router to the 1Gb lain.

So If I go Modem --> Router --> Switch

Have all links going to the 7 available ports on the switch (if possible). 1 port on the switch will go to the LAN on the router. Then another cable will go from the WAN on the router to "Internet" on the modem. These are are Linksys so they should not have any compatibility problems...
Do you plan to move large files (1GB+) around simutaneously? If not, running a single line to a 4-port switches will reduce cabling.


You should not have compatibility problems because this is networking. They all use the same standard.
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Not large files per-say, I want to have my HTPC be the main DVR (will have TV tuners) and want to be able to access and play back those files. I also want the option to perform quick back ups, and allow for 2-3 computer LAN I do not need the LIGHTNING fast speed that this may need. But want to have it be a "long" term investment which will easily handle any increase or change in my lifestyle.

Edit:

So since the HTPC, Blueray, and say Wii/Xbox/PS3 are in the same general area, I would use a 4 port switch, and only run 1 cable to the router. but would cost in another switch... guess its a what performance I need and cost (as always)
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Not large files per-say, I want to have my HTPC be the main DVR (will have TV tuners) and want to be able to access and play back those files. I also want the option to perform quick back ups, and allow for 2-3 computer LAN I do not need the LIGHTNING fast speed that this may need. But want to have it be a "long" term investment which will easily handle any increase or change in my lifestyle.
Standard BluRay does not exceed 5MB/s.
Backups are usually not done simutaneously.
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The main reason for using CAT6a (shielded) is because they are "longer" lines and I am not sure what the people on either side of me are running (for EMI interference) and for future capacity handling. I will try to find a place that sells it by the foot (or buy the 1000 foot box and then try to sell lengths of it on Market place).

It sounds like I could get away easily with a switch then at the home entertainment center.

Thank you for all the help!
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Maybe you can show us some drawed plans and ppl could advice you more.
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The main reason for using CAT6a (shielded) is because they are "longer" lines and I am not sure what the people on either side of me are running (for EMI interference) and for future capacity handling. I will try to find a place that sells it by the foot (or buy the 1000 foot box and then try to sell lengths of it on Market place).
If you are running the network cables yourself.... make sure to keep them 1ft away from power lines when running parallel and try to cross perpendicular only.

75ft is fine for CAT6a. You will be able to upgrade to 10GbE in the future.
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use visio and make a topology...you'll get much more responses/help.

good read: http://www.broadbandutopia.com/caandcaco.html
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The following is what I have drawn... not exactly to scale in this "paint" drawing.



It is multi Level 3 levels. The router/Modem/Switch will be either located in the basement/garage (Indicated by red star) in the bottom left corner or on the first floor in the same corner (where Cable is) will need to inspect to locate other possible locations.

But then along the Left wall in the First floor will be the TV, Blue-ray, Wii/Xbox/PS3, HTPC. Along the stairs on the right hand side on the first floor will have two computers. then on the 2nd floor the wall on the right hand side for the "smaller" bedroom and then along the top right. As seen by Red Diamonds
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you can just use an Ethernet cable between your devices. A crossover is only needed when going from one compute/game console to another.
Not quite. Crossover cables are often used for same-type devices (like linking switches together, or routers, or PCs). However, pretty much everything has autosensing nowadays, which means you don't need crossovers anymore.

Just throwing it out there to avoid confusion
    
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