So I'm in the process of renovating a multi-room apartment, and I'm struggling with how to think about internet wiring. Never done something like this before, so any help/insight is greatly appreciated. Ideally I want to run Cat6 cables to a few key locations, but not the entire apartment. This is in a co-op/condo where according to the rules I personally can't drill through walls; a licensed contractor/electrician has to do it.
1) I don't even know where the Fios box will be. I've only had Fios once before at a rental, and the Verizon guy seemed to have a pretty good idea where the box should go. Is this something that is predetermined, or can I ask the Verizon guy to install it at a room closet of my choosing?
2) What's the best way to route Ethernet cable through the walls? If I have the Fios box in one bedroom closet, can someone just drill a hole and poke Ethernet cables through to the next rooms, running along walls/ceilings, or is there an elegant way to have Ethernet ports in the main locations?
I spoke to a few general contractors, but anytime I mentioned Ethernet their eyes seem to glaze over. Only one clearly understood what I wanted, and he wanted to tear out the walls to lay down all the wiring. He assured me this was the most painless way. Electricians I've talked to said they'd do it, but only if I'm wiring up the ENTIRE apartment in a large scale project, otherwise the job is too small for them. I'm quite capable of crimping, swapping wall plates, etc... but my mind just can't get around how to get cables from Point A to Point B through multiple walls around several corners. Otherwise I'd just do if myself instead of talking to contractors who look at me like I'm crazy.
3) As an extension of the above, quite a few rooms have coax ports. How do I find out where they all lead/come from? (Thinking of using the coax wires to fish Ethernet wires through?) Or is there any way to piggy back off of these for Ethernet? (Use the coax wires, just swap out the plates/connectors on the walls?)
Like I said, any help/comments/opinions on how I should approach this would be greatly appreciated.