Last update: 2023-10-06

I have two home office networks. One is in Seattle. The other is in a mid-sized city 1600 miles from Seattle.

The Seattle scene:

Primary internet connection: Aerial fiber to the house. Block of eight static IP numbers, five usable. About 1200 feet of ethernet cables connects many devices through switches.

The five usable IP numbers provide segmentation (separate networks) for about 90 devices on the Internet. These devices include:

  • Three video surveillance systems. Two of the systems are IP-based cameras over ethernet. The other system is analog.

    One of these systems is dedicated for the large chicken coop, which has five cameras.

  • Two media servers, accessible from remote
  • About 12 Amazon Alexa devices
  • Four multi-monitor work stations
  • About 15 computers
  • Cloud-controlled wireless (wifi) access points
  • Two VPN servers
  • Several network-enabled printers, some of which have cloud access
  • About 15 Kasa plugs for remote control of devices
  • Two Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices
  • Several wifi-connected thermostats
  • About six Roku TVs
  • About three FireTV devices

Router configurations for each network includes port forwarding for remote access to devices.

The remote (secondary home) scene:

Primary internet connection: Buried fiber to the house. One static IP number.

  • About 11 internet-accessible cameras on three separate brand systems
  • Two multi-monitor work stations
  • Three computers
  • One Network Attached Storage (NAS) device
  • Wifi-connected house thermostat
  • About three Roku TVs and devices
  • One FireTV
  • One VPN server
  • Two network printers, one with cloud-connection