Originally Posted by jerryk
We are remodeling our kitchen and adjoining family room and I want to take the opportunity to do something about the wireless situation. The family room and kitchen are downstairs and I plan on running CAT 6 down from the upstairs where the cable modem and switch are located. I am thinking about running 2 cables. One cable will be terminated on the family room on the wall where the TV will be mounted. The other cable would be in the kitchen which is about 15-20 feet away.
I have several questions.
- Do I need a second access point or is this overkill?
- What is the best way to hide my gear?
- Would I get better coverage with a ceiling mounted access point? If so, are there units that are flush or hidden? FWIW, I am having ceiling mounted speakers installed.
I'd put an access point (AP), not a router downstairs, since you're wiring. Add a 10/100/1000 ethernet switch downstairs, perhaps behind the TV or in that area out of sight. To this switch, connect TV and WiFi AP and cable running up to the router/switch. Just saving some cabling. An AP can be made by re-purposing any extra WiFi router.
CAT5e is fine, and you can cut it and put on plugs. Very difficult with CAT6.
My gear is screwed/mounted on the back side of the TV furniture, out of sight. WiFi AP... elevate it as best as you can, but out of sight. Yes, a ceiling mounted AP would be better. But I think it's an overkill. A friend put his in the top/back of the pantry in the kitchen where the drywall faces the living room. Drywall is only about 2-3 dB of loss - small in ratio to the overall path loss.
Lots of ways to go. Good idea to pull two CAT5/6 cables for growth/spares.
In our remodel, I pulled cat5e and RG6 for possible use, terminated in a fancy outlet plate. Cables run to garage where all my really ugly stuff is.