BlockquotearedannyDanny Dulai you willing to piece things together or want turn-key stuff?
I understand the term turn-key, but not really in this case. First and foremost, I want to be sure I have the new house wired to do what I want as far as whole house music distribution is concerned. It sounds like if I have an Ethernet port and A/C outlets where I believe speakers will be, I’m on the right path. Plus, I can use ROON to do what I want. At this early pre-construction point, the hardware at each end of these areas can be pieced, turn-key or a mix of both.
I’ve done a little research and CAT6 vs CAT7 appears to be sufficient. CAT6 vs 5e may be a little overkill, but the cost difference appears to be minor. If anyone knows otherwise, please advise.
Another of my findings is the suggestion that conduit with pull strings be placed in important rooms or portions of the house where we may want to run additional cables in the future. Because all conduits or cables will be homerun to the basement, all should be well.
You are on the right track using Ethernet to Roon end points , but you still need a robust wifi network so Remotes like tablets or phones can operate.
Another of the great advantages of a wired home is that you can stick a wifi access point or router configured as an AP (my personal preference) anywhere to create a better wifi network.
Super, knowing that I’m on the “right track” is was I was seeking.
Yep, I agree that both a wired and WiFi LAN is important! But in new construction’s case, I want to make sure my wire planning and execution is as complete, robust and future proof as possible – with no regrets after the fact.
Speaking of WiFi, I’ve heard the term mesh network mentioned. I found a recent review for a Netgear device interesting (http://www.techhive.com/article/3162400/network-router/netgear-orbi-wi-fi-router-review-its-not-a-mesh-network-but-its-good-enough-you-wont-care.html). Although not technically mesh device, it seemed to garner a good review. I’m not really well versed enough to decide on whether a mesh network is in cards. But I know that I will have Ethernet and A/C outlets placed in a high, central point (for better distribution) on the main floor of the new house in order to connect an access point/router.