I'm looking for some help re-configuring my home network. Here is current setup:
Comcast cable comes into data enclosure in garage wall to a 2-way Splitter. One coax goes to Gateway in my office. Patch cable out of Gateway to a switch beside it which connects my desktop and network printer. Patch cable from this switch to the wall jack backfeeds back to the data enclosure in the garage. Patch panels in the data enclosure connect to small switch in the data enclosure to provide network to other jacks in house.
First, I'm planning to ditch the Comcast Gateway and go with my own modem and router. I want to add a Ubiquiti Cloud Key Gen 2 Plus and eventually a couple of security cameras as well. I'd like to centralize things a bit more instead of going to my office and then backfeed to the data enclosure before distributing to the rest of the house. Unfortunately, there isn't room in the data enclosure for the router, modem, etc. and even if there was, I'd be concerned about the temps. It can get pretty hot in the garage (90F+).
The room directly above the data enclosure in the garage is a storage room with heat and A/C. Perfect location for the network equipment. And it has a knee wall I can get behind and access the cables going down into the garage. But I'm not sure how best to proceed.
There are 17 Cat5e cables coming into that data enclosure in the garage, 7 from top (upstairs jacks) and 10 from bottom (downstairs jacks). There appears to be enough length on the upstairs ones that I could disconnect them from the patch panel in the data enclosure and move them to a patch panel in the upstairs storage room. That's not an option for the 10 downstairs cables though.
I've done some searching on here and seen some ideas others have had. I'm not interested in running new cables for the downstairs jacks. I know it would be the best solution, but not the direction I want to go here. So I think that leaves a couple of options. Option 1 is dropping cables down from the upstairs patch panel to those newly freed up patch panel jacks in the garage (after I move the upstairs wires upstairs) and just connect them with a short patch cord to extend the downstairs jacks to the upstairs patch panel and network equipment. I've seen a few posts on here about doing that but haven't heard anybody follow up to say how it worked.
Option 2 would be to leave it all as is in the garage and just drop a trunk line down from the storage room to a switch in the data enclosure in the garage. Then hook all of the cables from the patch panel to it. This is only slightly better than my current setup as the storage room is closer to the data enclosure than my office is. There is power in the garage data enclosure to run the switch, but again I'm concerned about heat. I was hoping to use some Ubiquiti UniFi switches in the setup since I've already got some of their gear, but I hear they tend to run hot.
Any thoughts on configuration and UniFi equipment are appreciated!