I'm about to set up a new home network and was looking for advice on where best to locate my cable modem and wireless router.
I live in a ranch style home (i.e. single floor) with an unfinished basement. Currently, modem and router are both located in my home office and I'd like to keep them there. I plan on having a maximum of 4 drops (living room, 2 bedrooms, and kitchen) and installing a 4 port patch-panel in the office. I will then string 5e to the rooms previously mentioned.
Here's the thing: all the home networking guides I've read suggest placing the router and modem in the basement, near the electrical panel and other utility drops. Is there any compelling reason to do so? I don't want to have to go the basement anytime my cable modem and/or router decide they need to be rebooted.
Any obvious pros/cons to the "basement" vs "office" approach would be much appreciated.