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[Discuss] Future-proofing a house for networking -- what to run?

On 9/13/2017 10:35 AM, Derek Atkins wrote:
> You seem to be assuming that all traffic crosses into your ISP.  While

As a practical matter, the majority of my network traffic *does* cross
into my ISP.

> this may be true for your use case, it is certainly not the case for me.
> I've got a MythTV setup, which means much of my streaming media is local
> traffic.  I'd much rather use a wired/switched network for that than
> pollute the shared wifi.

1080p video streams (MPEG-4) need about 5-8 Mbps burst bandwidth.
Gigabit Ethernet has practical throughput about 300Mbps. So that stream
uses about 5% of the available bandwidth at most. Meanwhile, 802.11g
(which I consider to be the least common denominator for WiFi today) can
deliver 20-25Mbps which is more than enough for several simultaneous
streams. It's borderline for 4K but if you're doing 4K video then you've
probably upgraded to at least 802.11n if not 802.11ac.

Myth/Plex are not compelling reasons for wires.

Rich P.

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