Hi, all. I just wanted to share my progress with the community and possibly get some feedback. I've studied the Wiki and Cliff Notes and tried to follow them as closely as possible. I'm a mechanic by nature, so the networking and software configuration aspects are definitely the hardest concepts for me to grasp. Feel free to critique my setup and provide some constructive criticism. It took me a week of fiddling around but I'm finally making good RJ45 terminations. All of my cable runs are complete up to my POE switch, my new PC is up and running, and I have two IPC-HDW5231R-ZE turrets that I'm getting ready to start playing with. Here's my network diagram and Phase 1 camera placement. The focal geometry probably isn't completely accurate, but you get the idea. Phase 2 will add a camera to the front door and 3 to the back of the house: Questions: I plan to set up a VPN with my router. Should I rearrange things so that the router is plugged directly into the modem or is it good "as is"? When it comes time to expand, should I simply run another 4-port POE switch from an open spot on the primary router or should I upgrade my non-POE switch to an 8-port and run from there? I have a spacious ductwork plenum in my basement with an access panel. I'm thinking about installing a POE switch and 120V receptacle inside plenum near the access panel in an effort to shorten the distances between the switch and the cameras on the back of the house. Does anyone see a problem with that? I view it similar to how I'd approach an installation inside a network enclosure. Thanks for your input!