I'm about to wire up my house, and have decided to run Ethernet cable pretty much everywhere, using it for both data and audio.
Was originally going to use cat 5, but have instead settled on Cat 7 (which in the UK only appears to be available from Canford). It will cost quite a lot more, but it's not often I have all my floorboards up, and I'd like to future-proof as much as I can!
My plan was to run the cat 7 to deep single- and double-gang metal boxes, to which I'd attach Canford connector plates with holes that will take either XLR, BNC, phono or BNC sockets. This way I have flexibility over what to feed to different locations.
One concern is that Cat 7 uses solid core rather than stranded conductors - will this create problems in connecting to the various sockets? I've seen reference to needing to connect using a punchdown block, and I'm not sure how this would work in the setup I'm envisaging.
This is a bit of a leap into the dark for me, representing quite a big investment plus a real headache if I put it all in, replaster my walls and lay the floors, only to find it doesn't work, so I'd be very keen for any thoughts.