My wife and I just purchased our first home and its an older home with lathe and plaster walls. I'd like to run ethernet (cat6) throughout the home since I have a lot of ethernet-capable devices around the house and do streaming and all sorts of things that have proven wireless-unfriendly in the past.
The home is 1.5 stories, with an upstairs bedroom and basement (unfinished). I was thinking about setting up my patch panel in the basement and running the cable from there. Anything specific to look for when trying to get cable from the upper foor?
Also, if I am running wire behind walls, am I required to get plenum cabling to keep my home insurance up to snuff? Plenum cabling seems very, very expensive for a spool (monoprice has it at almost 300 bucks).
Anyone else do this and what lessons did you learn?