Yep -- my prefernce is also a hardwired wired setup.
Don't know if you have the router yet and how many ports you'll need but, generally the routers will usually have enough ports with a built in switch --- somewhere between 4 - 8 ports --- more can be had with higher end routers --- 16 standard for example. Around here it takes some hunting to locate a wired router these days since the trendy market is for wirless units.

Cat6 is a high end cable with Cat5E ( not Cat5 ) being pretty much close in specs and generally there is a price savings --- depends where you purchase. Keep in mind you will also need the appropriate RJ45 jacks since CAT6 is a thicker gage conductor than say CAT5E.