Hey, guys. So behind the entertainment center I've got the separation of power and speaker cabling as best I can and it's really working great. I don't have any issues with hums, noise, pops, etc. So naturally I want to cause some trouble for myself.
With the addition of our home theater PC, we now have four devices in our setup using our wireless connection. Some of them will get knocked off or slow significantly if we run the microwave (it's dead smack in the path between the router and the devices, can't change that). Also, there's times when it's just slow making connections. Now I'm not sure if that second issue is a wireless one or a provider one, but I'm leaning toward wireless as we really don't see that issue on any of the four hardwired PC's.
So with all of the background exposition out of the way, here's what I want to do. I'd like to run a network cable from our PC Den in to the garage, up to the ceiling, over to the surround speaker wiring, then down to the floor and through the wall in parallel with the speaker wiring, and then cut left to the switch while the speaker wiring heads off to the right. The total length of the parallel portion of the run is about eight or nine feet.
Do any of you guys see any issues with this? Do I need to be using a shielded Ethernet cable (I doubt the switch at either side has a grounded chassis)? I don't think there's much danger of my speaker wiring messing with the network traffic; my big fear is the Ethernet traffic inducing noise in to my surrounds.