Hello all. My wife and I just bought a house a couple weeks ago. i am trying to run cat6 to pretty much every room in the house. after embarking on this project it has left me with a few questions. i have never dealt with networking beyond sharing drives on my network or setting up a basic home network. So all this is pretty new to me, my tech level is fair to good depending on what i am working with. I have been building my own (or destroying my dad's in his eyes) PC's since i was 11, but have never set up or wired a home network.
Is there any differences at all if i run from my router/modem to an 8 port switch 1 line to each room then put a switch in that room (modem>router>switch>switch>device) or if i run from the router to a 24 port switch to a 24 port patch panel (modem>router>switch>patchpannel>device)
can i/should i cut out the patch panel all together and run straight lines from the switch?
currently i have a dlink dgs-1024d 24 port switch and a trendnet tc-p24c6 24 port patch panel. i also have plenty of cable, rj45 connectors, and keystone jacks.
my next question is totally a noob question but i have never dealt with a switch before. unlike a router there is no input dedicated port. is it safe to assume that i can plug a cable in from my router and it will provide an internet connection for all other devices connected to the switch?
also if i run a set number of lines to a room, for example i am running 4 lines to my living room, all are spoken for (wii, xbox, receiver, PC) and i want to add more devices is it ok to run another say 4 port switch off one of those lines already connected to my 24 port switch?
is there any benefit to running a home server to store my media? im setting this network up primarily to stream my hd movie/music collection on any tv in the house. from the research i have done i am better off just running a raid or jbod esata/usb storage bay off my gaming pc or my htpc.
thanks in advance