Originally Posted by Captain McFunk
22 CAT5e drops throughout the house. I've got them all coming back to a media closet, which i'm going to terminate them and connect them into a monoprice 24-port unmanaged gigabit switch. I've then got one Cat5e cable going to the side of my house, acting as the "input" for when uverse comes to hook it up. Is this correct? will this methodology work?
If you're running all the wire yourself (meaning, you have the flexibility and the labor is "free"), you should consider running more cat6 wires for things beyond Ethernet. Which means 2-3 cables to any potential TV location. That can allow for distributed video and other possibilities.
Also, are you really going to use all 22 cables for Ethernet? The patch panel setup allows you to easily add/remove ports - buy a cheaper, smaller switch to fit your needs with some room for expansion.
I've got 16 RG6 drops throughout the house. I've got them coming back to the same media closet. i have no idea how to terminate these all to one "unit" like the ethernet switch above. I've got one RG6 drop leading to the outside of the house along with that cat5e for my provider to hook up to. I'm planning on having DirecTV.
How the RG6 cables are connected will depend on what they're being used for. You can create a patch panel for them, but that's rarely done as much of the RG6 will need to be connected to splitters / amps / etc. And none of that gear works well with any rack-mounting solution. Best to just terminate all the cables and expect the gear to be wall-mounted (or in a structured wiring box).
[*] How do I terminate all of those RG6 cables that a dropped throughout the house to one panel? Do they have a 24-port RG6 panel where there is 1 input and 24 outputs?
No, and how they're connected will depend on your service provider. And you'd only connect the outlets actually in use.
[*] Is one RG6 lead going out of the house okay? should I run more while i can?
I would run two, but more importantly, run a flex conduit along with it so that whatever comes next can be brought into your distribution panel.
[*] Is one Cat5e lead going out of the house okay? should I run more while i can?
Maybe, but the second part is YES. True throughout the house - the wire is cheap and it will never be easy to run again. Run more cable until you think you've gone overboard. Then add a few more and you'll be good.
[*] I plan on having whole home DVR with DirecTV. Do I need to run more RG6 drops into boxes that already have one to support it?
One will be sufficient for a new DirecTV install - but as you're doing your own wiring, I'd run two RG6 to at least the primary display locations in case you ever need two video providers, or to use the pair for audio distribution...