Advanced Home Network Set-up Questions
I've been wanting to upgrade my home network for quite some time and now that I have access to a Gigabit network plan for a not-too-absurd amount of money, I think now is the time to finally go ahead with it. The goal here is to have a hardcore router that can handle all the network traffic without fail and a wifi network that can adequately cover the house with a 5ghz signal. There's me and 2 roommates and oftentimes there are 2 of us playing games online and 1 also streaming or surfing. I also currently use a KDLinks HD720 for 3D movie watching and recently there have been issues with stuttering when we're watching a 3D movie (though to be fair I don't know if that's a drive issue or a network issue.) Pretty much all of the most important gear in the house is situated in the living room in a cabinet, which is on the edge of the house--not the ideal spot for a wifi router, but perhaps a really strong one could handle it. The ideal spot for a router would be in the middle of the house where there is a shelf on which it can go.
And this brings me to my questions...
1) assuming I'm using the latest-and-greatest wifi router (like a Netgear Nighthawk X10 AD7200)--is there any reason to even get a better router, like a commercial/enterprise grade one? Frankly I don't even know what that would entail, I'm just assuming there's a higher level of performance out there. I imagine that these high-end homes with fancy automation features throughout use something more than a wifi router to keep their network running smoothly.
if "no", then
2) assuming I'm connecting my modem into the wifi router (and it is acting as the router for the whole system, assigning IP addresses and what-not) and I place the wifi router away from the rest of the gear in one of these "more ideal for WIFI coverage" spots, is it ok for me to run a single LAN cable from the wifi router to switches (well, realistically, to a set of various switches) or should I run as many LAN cables as there are outputs from the router over to the gear closet?