my apartment is buing built, and the contractor is making the preparations for a home network.
need some advice.
1. from this topic: Will Cat 6 cable work with a Cat 5e coupler?
what is the difference between CAT5, CAT5e, CAT6 ?
2. the contractor doesn't actually lay the CAT cable, only tubes with a pull-wire which will enable me to pull a cable throught the tubes (under the floor tiles) in the future.
the way the contractor had it planned originally was as follows: the cables (tubing) runs from the communications box (near the entrance to the apartment, where the phone, cable etc. feed into the apartment) to room A, from room A to room B, room B to room C etc., that is connected serially.
now the contractor's engineer said that from that it follows that if i will place the cables and their outlets in each room, i will only be able to connect one
computer. i'll be able to connect it to the outlet of any room i choose, but only one.
(some smart home computer network, huh ?).
Question: is that correct ?
3. as a "solution" to this wonderfully smart design, the contractor suggested the following: instead of doing the above, to pull CAT cable in the same tube that runs the phone line. the phone lines run from the communications box to each room's phone socket, each room has a dedicated tube for that (connected in parrallel). so using these tubes for both phone and CAT cable, i'll have the computer socket of each room connected directly to the communications box.
Question: does that indeed solve the problem?
Question: does that mean that i'll have to place the router in the communications box ?
(a bit of a problem, since the box is rather small. and i'll also need an electricity socket in there to power the router).
thanks in advance, i'm sure there's plenty of folk here who are very knowledgeable about home networking (or computer networking in general).
if anyone knows of a link to some site dedicated to this subject and simple enough for the unintiated, i'll be grateful.