I plan to wire my entire house(at least 2 Ethernet jacks in each room) with Cat6A cable. I will have a total of 18 Ethernet drops planned right now. This is so I never need MoCA, among other things.. I currently own: Modem: MOTOROLA SB6121 Router: ASUS RT-AC66U - AC1750 I plan to buy a 24 port network switch(I want a gigabit switch). I currently have this one picked out: NETGEAR ProSAFE JGS524E ....cant beat a lifetime warranty? If I understand it correctly I will have: ISP --> Modem --> Router (assigns IP addresses) --> Switch --> 18 drops So the questions: 1) Is this the best way to setup a home network? Using a switch is the way to go?..ect. 2) Do you have any suggestions on different switches? 3) Do I need a managed switch? 4) Does the router handle firewall/security? 5) How exactly will having 18 Ethernet drops potentially hinder my internet? Does the switch split equally to what ports are being used, or use only what is being requested? 6) I will be able to transfer at 1 gigabit speeds between each drop? 7) Just asking, but is Cat7 or Cat7A even reasonable at this point in time? Thanks!