Wiring my house, and I want your input
I have experience running and terminating Cat5 at the office but this will be my first time in residential existing construction and Cat6. I do have an electrician friend who has quite a bit of experience who is going to help me out. The previous homeowner ran some speaker wire all over, and I might be able to reuse some of these boxes/use the wire as a pull. That will kind of bea game time decision.
I fired up Sketchup and drew out a rough floor plan of my home, labled some rooms and put yellow yellow circles where I am roughly thinking of putting boxes at for networking. Most of this I can go through the attic and drop down into the interior walls. I have a few exterior walls to deal with though, and a few I will probably come up from the bottom.
Main Floor Photo http://i.imgur.com/PtsCRxK.jpg
Basement Photo http://i.imgur.com/EXiHwwC.jpg
So I am wondering what you think about my rough plan. My thought is to pull 2 wires to each box. I will probably pull 4 to my Office, maybe the living room too.
Spreadsheet of more details http://i.imgur.com/GPvdpOc.png
My patch panel is where I want the most input. In the past I have put a piece of plywood up on the wall to screw equipment too, a patch panel, etc. This time I am thinking of putting a Piece of Plywood up over the silver area in the photo below.
Panel Location http://i.imgur.com/XsXcNZH.jpg and http://i.imgur.com/AaHOk4h.jpg
This is a air return, thin almost cardboard material. I was thinking of running a new outlet to power things too as it will be a short 25-30ft run, and that way is dedicated power to UPS, Future ONT, etc off of. What I am unsure of is I should get a wall mount half rack and put everything in that. Patch Panel, Switch, Router and have room for a future NAS. I should mention
Thoughts, Comments, ETC?