I am currently installing the network infrastructure before I start climbing the walls of my renovation project and I want to make sure I have enough wires.
The electrician installed Cat6 in every bedroom and living room, according to French rules. They are next to the coaxial TV cables, also requested by the French king and are in logical positions for a TV. It’s not necessarily where I would place an AP, so I plan to install high quality Cat6 (not CCA) in AP locations.
I also have 2 ethernet cables to the TV cabinet in the living room, but I’ll probably add a few more so I can hardly connect my TV and Apple TV, PS4 and have a backup.
Other things I considered.
* Smart ringtone – do they tend to be wired or connected via WiFi or bridge?
* Thermostats – I install a NeoStat Heatmiser system that is directly connected, but has a hub that will be located in the electrical cabinet where the network infrastructure will be located.
* Smoke detectors – I have not seen an example of an ethernet connection. I’m not sure I’d like to rely on PoE for safety and security devices anyway. I’m glad to lose the connected functionality if WiFi turns off, but I don’t want you to lose the basic functionality.
There is one more thing I forget that I should provide in terms of direct wired Ethernet. If I can connect it, I would prefer to keep the WiFi network as uncongested as possible. It’s easy and cheap to get more Cat6 now, so I don’t want you to have to add it later.