I was wondering what kind of network cables you would want in a new (small) house? Regular (unshielded) cat6? From what I've heard shielding will result in: 1. Much stiffer cables. 2. Only drawbacks regarding performance unless every piece of cable and device in the network is properly shielded (not likely in a home setup), because otherwise the shielding with act as an antenna... So, from that it kind of made sense to avoid shielded cables and that would effectively eliminate cat 6a and cat 7 since they are always shielded (can't find any without it at least). And I wouldn't mind that either considering the cost of 6a/7. Now the cables will be alongside the mains inside walls, under the house etc. which to me shouldn't be any problem even for unshielded cables? Is there a special type of cable I should avoid/consider? I saw LSZH (Low Smoke Zero Halogen) cables online which would be beneficial in a fire and didn't seem to cost anything extra so I guess that makes sense, but is there anything one should consider with permanent installations in walls etc.? Another question I have is that there will be a small guest house that I'd like to include in the network, the cable distance will be slightly less than 100m and there will be mains cables running in the ground between the houses. Fear of lightning got me wondering if fiber would be an alternative. First impression is that is seems to be quite expensive even for the cheapest setups and I wouldn't need the performance or range benefits over copper anyway. Waste of money? (I've heard of lightning striking network cables lying in the ground but seeing as the mains for the house will be running alongside will everything will probably be toast anyway?). Any pointers or ideas?