Where should I put my router?
July 25, 2010 6:18 PM Subscribe
I am about to run CAT6 through my house. Where should I place the router?
posted by crazycanuck to computers & internet (18 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
The walls will be open and we will be running CAT6 through the basement of our 1500 sq ft home. There are two bedrooms (8x10) and a longer family room (8x20) downstairs. We are not going to run cable upstairs as it is a log cabin style home, so the upstairs is served by wireless. I am planning on four drops in the basement - one in each bedroom and one at each end of the family room. The drops would be wired in star fashion to a central termination point, which would naturally house the router. Where should this be?
My current plan would be to terminate in the closet of the bedroom currently serving as my home office, as it would be convenient to run the FIOS through there and place router in there (potentially I would also have a NAS and then it could be a server closet). However, I am not sure that this is the best place to put a wireless router intended to serve the upstairs. The wireless router currently sits 8 feet away from the planned location on my desk, so I know signal strength from this room isn't an issue, but the placement in a closet may be an issue.
Also, would other homeowners want to have a designated home office with server closet, or is it better to terminate wires and place a router in a more public room of the home (in this case, the family room)? I am planning on selling my house in a year or two so appealing placement to other potential homeowners is reasonably important.
So your options for placing the router are: inside closet of bedroom, inside bedroom, or inside family room. Which would you choose?