UPDATE: Here's a Bit.ly Bundled Link of the complete "Wiring your house for Gigabit Ethernet 5 PART SERIES."
The house is finished and the Verizon FIOS guy has just left. We're all set and I've tested at 15mbps down and 2mbps up. According to Verizon my account will be upgraded to 15 down and 15 up on the 19th of November. (You have to call if you want to upgrade.)
I've got details on FIOS from our first installation at the other house. At this house the installer came and and hooked up the ONT (Fiber Optic convertor) on the outside of the house. I had RJ45 cable pulled to the outside of the house but according to the installer they prefer to use Coax for the last lengths between the ONT and the router in the house. So he ended up going...
...just like this diagram. We borrowed on of the extra Coax cables and put the new router (still an ActionTec, but a nicer model) into the hinged bracket at the bottom of the wiring closet. The router is a bridge between the Coax and the RJ45. We plugged it into the router and checked the house's network drops. I turned off WEP and turned on WPA for Wireless Security. Next I'll plug in our VOIP adapter and turn on QoS (Quality of Service.)
I also mounted a UPS (battery) on the wall below the closet to make sure we keep connectivity if the power goes out. The ONT outside has a UPS of its own, but that UPS is woefully underpowered. If you want to keep your FIOS up, get another wall-mounted UPS and plug Verizon's little one into it.
The wiring guys did a great job and labeled everything just like I like it. Nice and organized. That's the #1 tip in all of this - stay organized. We've got labels at the end of each cable marking what it's for as well as permanent ink written on the cables themselves.
The next step will be hooking up all the computers and running a traffic generating program to flood the network and see if the Netgear switch (the one folks in the comments were concerned was suboptimal) holds up.
This is going to be fun. It's odd how hooking up water and power and sewer are trivial and boring but when Internet gets hooked up, suddenly this empty house has potential. We'll move in completely in 10 days.
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