I am doing an extension in my house and it is the perfect time to set a home network. There are some posts on this issue here but I didn't find all the answers I was looking for.
This is my (simple) situation:
- Trying to future proof the network (or trying to ;-))
- Small house (hence lots of electric cables going through the stud walls, no cable over 30m)
- Cat6a U/FTP cables
- Will use a patch panel
- Need a 16 ports switch (recommendation? maybe with 1 POE port), and in the future a 10GbE switch when they become more affordable
- Node Zero is under the stairs
I have a hard time finding details about how to make this work properly.
Scenario A: I use the U/FTP cable as a UTP cable with an unshielded patch panel, with plastic RJ45 plugs for the wall outlet, and UTP patch cables between the patch panel and the switch (not grounded other than the power cable)
I read multiple time that it is possible that this would result in worst performance as simply using UTP cable but is this a theoretical risk or is it likely to happen?
can 10GbE be achieved in this scenario (with the appropriate switch)
Scenario B: Using the U/FTP cable as intended. And this is where I am lost. Here are my assumptions:
I need a shielded patch panel
I need shielded RJ45 modules (metal plugs) on the wall faceplate
I need shielded keystones on the patch panel for each port
I need shielded RJ45 plugs for the patch cables on both ends
I need shielded RJ45 plugs for shielded patch cables between the wall faceplates and the workstations
In situation B, what does need to be grounded? only the patch panel? only the switch? only the faceplates?
There are so many contradictory information out there :-( The goal is simply to have a decent home network and optimising the speed.
Can someone help?
P.S: telling me to go with a UTP cable is not an option. I have it, I keep it ;-)