I purchased a xserve recently and I am trying to decide the best way to set up my home office network. I have the following components: - Xserve (G5 Dual 2.3ghz) - mac pro (Quad 3ghz) - 2 iMac (24" Dual 2.8ghz) - Airport Extreme (gigabit) The main reason for purchasing the server is because my business partner lives in another state and I often collaborate with video editors, animators, and artists who are not on-site. I want to optimize the transfer speeds both locally and remotely. I have a cable internet connection (12down 2up) with a static IP. 1- How should I wire the local network. i.e. cable modem directly to the airport and then from the airport to all the components, or cable modem to xserve ethernet port 1 and then from port 2 to mac pro etc... 2- Is there anything I need to know to optimize connections with off site macs? I assume that establishing a VPN is the only option but I am definitely a rookie so any suggestion, no matter how basic, will be greatly appreciated. I would like to establish a "permanent" connection with my business partner and another graphic artist. 3- Any other suggestions/input is appreciated.