I'm setting up this thread for general network related discussion. A lot of basics are covered in a very detailed, stickied thread by Hedgie HERE
. It is very much worth a read, so please do take a look. I may import parts of that thread as spoilered quotes in the OP at some point, so it's more centralized.
So consider this thread to be used for discussing things like the minutiae of home networking, what general equipment brands / devices people prefer, and general troubleshooting.