What exactly is the difference between a switch and a hub? As far as I can tell, the only difference is that a switch does not have an extra input for a cable modem. Is that all there is to it? We're remodeling a house, (the whole place), and I want to do the networking right. We'll need one port for each of the 6 bedrooms, and I'd want to run at least 2 ports to our media rack (for game consoles). Then we want to add a wireless access point as well. So... what should I buy in the way of routers/switches? I have found lots of 8 port switches, but hubs only up to 4 ports. Should I just get two 4 port hubs wired+wireless hubs and link them together? Or should I get an 8-port switch and add a wireless access point to that? What brands tend to be the best in networking equipment? As far as I can tell the wired network stuff is pretty much the same everywhere, but getting a good wireless signal can vary depending on the unit. More questions... what's the difference between regular Cat-5 cables and the new Cat-6 cables I keep hearing about? Are they interchangeable, with Cat-6 being faster? Should I be buying Cat-6 cables instead? Also, how important is it that I get a gigabit (10/100/1000) switch or hub? I know my G5 supports gigabit ethernet, but with a basic cable internet connection, will I notice the difference between that and a 10/100 hub? Thanks!