Well, the cable run upstairs from the basement was a success. However, the Linksys is fighting with the Airport for DHCP supremacy in an all-too-familar smackdown. Yesterday I was able to hang the Airport off the Linksys and still have the Airport hand out DHCP assignments and manage the client cloud effectively; today, I’m getting no love from the bitmonsters. Still, I now have RJ-45 Ethernet run from the DSL entry point to the very center of the house both upstairs and down, a good place to be if you envision a mixed wired/wireless network with a server closet.
All of this after some heavy bushwhacking that yielded a nice haystack size pile of slaughtered and dismembered tree parts.