I've been asked to network a large custom-built house. This is beyond anything Ive done before, so I'd like expert comments on my plans (especially hardware choices).
Points will be distributed to every thoughtful response.
THE HOUSE: Around 148' long, three stories, crescent shaped. Almost every interior wall is concrete reinforced with metal rebar (picture a boomerang divided into thirds by reinforced concrete walls). Most rooms are wired with CAT5e (the contractor did this). A 20-port switch is needed to wire the main part of the house, and an 8-port switch for an upstairs apartment.
Heres what I have planned to ensure wired and wireless N access in every room (but the garage):
Broadband cable in from outside-->cable modem-->wireless N router (router will be in lower central section)-->20-port switch (to connect cable throughout main house)-->cable to upstairs apartment (wired separately)-->8-port switch
Now for hardware--
Wireless N router:
D-Link DIR-655 Xtreme N gigabit router
(I think a 10/100/1000 is out of the price range)
LINKSYS Instant EtherFast EF4124 10/100Mbps Ethernet Switch 24 x RJ45 Retail
NETGEAR ProSafe FS728TS 24 x 10/100 Mbps auto sensing Fast Ethernet switching ports 4 Built-in RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet ports for 10/100/1000 Mbps connectivity 2 SFP Retail
Upstairs 8-port switch:
NETGEAR FS608 10/100Mbps Desktop Switch 8 x RJ45 1K
Does anyone know whether wireless N can get through reinforced concrete? If not, side sections of house (outer thirds), will need wireless N access points plugged into Ethernet outlets:
None of the wireless N access points got particularly good reviews on Newegg.
LINKSYS WAP4400N Wireless-N Access Point with Power Over Ethernet Retail
NETGEAR WN802T Rangemax Next Wireless Access Point
Thanks for reading all of thisyour suggestions will be much appreciated.