Home Networking Help

I’m planning on cutting cable this spring/summer and am looking for some advice for home networking.
My current setup:
• FIOS Triple Play – Will be removing the TV and Phone from the package ASAP
• New house construction (2009), 3 floors, approx 3000 sq ft
• FIOS Actiontec Wireless G router and cable boxes are in the basement
• Every room is hard wired with Cat5e that connects in the basement
• 2TB Phantom Green Drive (containing movies, TV, music, etc), attached via eSata to a Sony Vaio laptop with gigabit Ethernet hard wired
• Custom built HTPC connected to HDMI splitter which splits to
o Basement connected to a HD projector
o LG Smart TV in family room
• ATV2 running XBMC in the master bedroom
• NETGEAR N600 Wireless Router-N Dual Band Router running upstairs to provide better wifi range
Questions I have:
• Should I keep the FIOS router I have? Is there a way to connect the FIOS internet connection directly into a new router?
• Does anyone have a recommendation for a wireless router with fast speed, dual band, and gigabit Ethernet?
• I’m also going to need a Gigabit Ethernet switch? Do I need to support Jumbo frames? It seems like a lot to configure and I’m not sure I’m up for it. Will it make a big difference?
• Everything in my home network has been with Cat5 cables using Fast 100MB Ethernet. With the gigabit Ethernet in the new router, should I upgrade my cables to Cat6 or will Cat5e work better with fewer issues?
• Will a router with USB 2.0 be better for sharing my data then using my laptop with eSata and gigabit Ethernet?
Thanks in advance for your help!
Todd
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  1. Quote:
    • Should I keep the FIOS router I have? Is there a way to connect the FIOS internet connection directly into a new router?


    you should be able to have the FIOS router configured for Bridge mode (modem only mode)

    Quote:
    • Does anyone have a recommendation for a wireless router with fast speed, dual band, and gigabit Ethernet?


    I use the Netgear WNDR3700. Not sure if the newer once will give you a better coverage or not.

    Quote:
    • I’m also going to need a Gigabit Ethernet switch? Do I need to support Jumbo frames? It seems like a lot to configure and I’m not sure I’m up for it. Will it make a big difference?


    How many ports? the default setting for manageable switches is Unmanaged

    Quote:
    • Everything in my home network has been with Cat5 cables using Fast 100MB Ethernet. With the gigabit Ethernet in the new router, should I upgrade my cables to Cat6 or will Cat5e work better with fewer issues?


    CAT5e should work just fine

    Quote:
    • Will a router with USB 2.0 be better for sharing my data then using my laptop with eSata and gigabit Ethernet?


    speed wise it should be fast enough. USB 2.0 is 400Mb/s whereby when connected to your laptop it would be 1000Mb/s. if when connected via USB is fast enough, it will free up your laptop.
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