|As wanderer pointed out, you're limited to 100 Mbps with a 3 pair network connection. Since you actually only use two pairs for 10/100, you wasted your time by punching the third pair. Luckily though, you haven't wasted a whole lot of your time.|
If it were me, and it was my home, and it already had existing cabling run throughout, I would have used the existing cable to pull the new stuff.
You could most likely have pulled two Cat5e cables to replace the singles. Since the original cable is already in place, attaching the two new cables to it and using it to pull them should work nicely without having to wreck any drywall or making holes or drilling or anything.
Consider yourself lucky, whoever did the developement of the basement of my house drywalled the ceiling instead of using T-Bar and tiles. Now I can't cable my home the way I would like to without major hassles and expense. I'd gladly trade my predicament for existing cables I could use to pull new ones..............
MILES faster and more reliable (and secure) than wifi.
Used to be. Now that 802.11N is almost standardized, wireless won't be so slow anymore. In fact, we have one 11n Wireless AP in place here at work for testing purposes and users are connecting to it at anywhere from 100 to 150 Mbps.
I won't argue the security and reliability of wireless though as I'm not a fan of it because it's inherently insecure and really is not a good medium if you want a reliable connection.