I'm not sure if this is the correct forum for my questions, but I didn't find another section that seemed to cover networking. I want to add 5-6 ip cameras and a computer running Blue Iris to my wired home GB network. My network currently has several computers, satellite receivers, AV receivers, 2 Xboxes, a NAS, 3 smart TVs, 3 wireless access points, etc., etc. I want to be able to access Blue Iris (or possibly the cameras directly) from outside my home. I've read several posts that say DO NOT USE PORT FORWARDING. Instead, setup a VPN. I've never used a VPN, but I'm willing to learn. I've already seen the excellent VPN for newbies post on this site. But I'd also appreciate some suggestions for the best physical layout of adding this new surveillance hardware. 1. Should I just connect the new cameras and BI computer to my existing POE+ switch? 2. Should I use a separate POE+ switch for the surveillance hardware? 3. If the cameras are recording all the time, how do you avoid ruining the bandwidth on your network? 4. Should the surveillance hardware have a different subnet or VLAN tag? I don't know if it is important, but my router is currently a computer running pfSense. I've only enabled one WAN and one LAN port on the machine, but actually have additional NIC ports that could be activated if that helps. I clearly could use some advice from the experts that frequent these forums. Thanks!