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What's the correct way to set up a network in a multistory building?

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February 20, 2012 2:38:31 PM


We moved into a new building where a wall plate with coax, RJ11 and RJ45 was installed in every room with wires run from the basement. Verizon provided DSL which was turned on but never connected. When the tech showed up to connect it (I wasn't home) for some reason he plugged the modem into a jack on an upper floor, I assume to position the built-in wireless in the most central location (not that it reaches everywhere it needs to go). However that doesn't do much for the hard-wired jacks throughout the rest of the house. I imagine the right way to set up the network is to put the modem in the basement where the service enters the house and then place wireless routers on each floor allowing for wired or wireless access. I would try that myself but there doesn't seem to be a place to properly connect the modem in the basement.

Pictures of the setup in the basement, where the service enters the house, are here http://dl.dropbox.com/u/10975861/Panels.jpg

What's the correct way to set this up?? All advice much appreciated.
February 22, 2012 5:25:55 AM

add a network switch in the basement and connect the wire coming from the RJ45s to it.

then connect the router upstairs to the RJ45.
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February 22, 2012 6:09:45 AM

What model/type would you recommend?
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