I'm new to AVS, but I've used these forums many times in the past to answer general questions I was having. I'm building a 2 story house with a full basement which is where the rack will be located and this will be the central point for all Ethernet and Coax runs as well as any servers I may have. All bedrooms are on the 2nd floor and the living room and office are on the 1st floor.
I work in IT so I'm very familiar with Ethernet standards and I already have the tools for that. I'm getting ready to purchase some bulk RG-6 (I'm assuming to get quad shield?), compression crimping tool, and connectors.
I will have DTV with a dvr in the living room which is also where the surround sound will be until I finish the basement later on and regular receivers in 3 or 4 more rooms (mainly bedrooms). My plan is to mount the tv's on the wall in the bedrooms, but then I don't know where to put the receivers. Any suggestions on a neat way of handling this?
How many coax runs do I need to run to each location? I'm assuming I need at least 2 for the dvr in the LR, but what about the bedroom tv's? Should I go ahead and run 2 to each location for future possibilities? I will be running conduit from the basement to the attic for future use as well.
As far as wall plates and keystone jacks, which manufacturer should I go with/avoid?
Any other gotchas or things I should watch out for or things I should consider on adding now? I know once the drywall goes up, it becomes more of a pain later on. That's another reason I'll have plenty of empty conduit from the basement to the attic. They just now poured the basement walls so I should still have a month or two before I start wiring. Any help or suggestions from those of you have already been down this road is appreciated.