Ok, rather than ask them in seperate threads, I'm hoping I can just ask them in one and people can offer advice if they have it.
Many thanks in advance!
Background: This is an older home and is basically unwired except for some real old RG59 (I think). Home is bolted slab foundation and structure somewhat sucks in that half the house (master bedroom, family room, kitchen) is flat roof [no attic] while the room we want main TV/couches in is actually the bigger living room and it has cathedral roof so also no attic.
Goal: CAT6/RG6 to each room with a few security camera wires run while I'm at it (we have a 5 month old).
Note: Yes, I want wired connections since I already need to run RG6 to the rooms, I might as well pull CAT6 as I stream a TON and wireless frankly isn't as great. Also, I might have someone do the job as all the cutting/patching is more than I might be ready for with 10-hour workdays and a little one.
1) What is the best CAT6 cable type to use within the walls/attic? Is there a particular shielding or jacket to ask for to deal with very hot weather (SoCal), no conduit, electrical connections, etc?
2) Same as #1 but for RG6 for hi-def satellite? I read about dual-shield, quad-shield, etc. and I can't really tell exactly how to tell what is most appropriate.
3) What is a great 16-port switch for a structured cable enclosure? I'm leaning towards Cisco SR224T 16 port 10/100 Switch as it seems to perform well and is fanless. Any best-of-breed?
4) Same as #3 but for a 4-port (or similar) router? I've not decided if it's best to use an access point and just get a wired router (no wi-fi) or not, but so few high-quality wired routers seem to exist that I guess I just need a good router period.
5) The house didn't even have coax coming from the street so Time Warner dug up the lawn and I had them run it to the side of the garage. I'll be pulling it to the electrical panel as they left enough looped, but what type of coax is that as I need to run a length from the closet to the panel as well? I tried calling them but... Sweet mother of the baby dwarven jebus, I might as well just poke my ears with a rusty scratch awl.
6) Last one (thanks!) - I want to at least run wire for outside-the-house cameras while I'm at this. Probably 4-5, but I can't seem to find a standard for camera wiring. Is it just 2 conductor with power? RG59 which is better for this kind of video plus power? CAT5? So confused.