I recently moved into a new home that I had Cat6 run everywhere. I want to upgrade my router and switch hardware to enable gigabit speeds on my network. When I was considering how to set this up, I figured it would be best to have a wired router with more ports than usual (~8-12 ports) connected to all of the room drops and the cable modem. Then I figured I'd get a wireless router and could connect that to one of the open ports of the wired router. I figured this would be better than having a 4-port wireless router feeding a higher count port switch, because then all of the drops off the switch would have to pass through that single connection of the wireless router.
So, I'd like your opinion on what is best between the 2 options (assume hardware rated for gigabit speeds):
1. Cable Modem --> 8-12 port wired router --> 4 port Wireless router
2. Cable Modem --> 4 port Wireless router --> 8-12 port wired switch
Also, any suggestions for a good gigabit wired router with 8-12 ports would be appreciated.