I'm getting ready to retrofit a two-story brick house, and I need some suggestions on how to wire my network. My house is two stories, but it features and unfinished basement that has no insulation in the floor joists. My initial thought is that I should run my networking and home automation servers in the basement and network the rest of the house for high-speed Cat6 wiring with some Cat5e wiring for use in POE applications. My issue involves wiring to the second floor of the house. Do you think it would be cheaper to run every line from the basement to the various rooms throughout the house, or do you think it would be cheaper to run one line to the second floor which then connects to a gigabit switch and from the upstairs switch it patches into the upstairs rooms? My basement will have the cable modem running into a new Cisco wireless router which will then connect into a 24 port D-Link POE switch. Thank you for any comments you may have.