I finished a little household project which was running Cat5e cable from my living room and master bedroom to the switch in my office. This was to connect two Tivo’s to the home network, so that everything is running Gig-E over the wire and so that I don’t have to mess around with connecting the Tivo’s wirelessly (and I’m hoping that the hard connection will make Netflix video streaming performance better than wifi). The project included making wall plates, drilling the holes, running the wire through my unfinished basement, etc.. Here are two very helpful sites that helped with the networking questions that came up.
Question 2: How do I make a “standard” Cat 5e network cable again? I forget the “official” color layout when connecting the ends.. Answer: This site has a great picture for the “official” wiring: 568-B method. http://www.lanshack.com/make-cat5E.aspx