Hi i have an eight core 4,1 which is always on for home server duties. It has osx server installed. Im loking to upgrade the network hardware at home. I have an original time capsule for router and Wlan. I want more ethernet ports, PoE for cameras etc plus speed. The MP is now home to all time machine backups. Initially I was looking to get a good bog standard home use router in the livingroom (maybe an ASUS RT-AC56U) and add a PoE switch in the basement for MP cameras home control etc. (Probably a Netgear GS 108PE). But here is the thing! I got curious! With the two NIC's on the MP it would be easy to connect my fiber lan isp to one port use the MP and osx server as router and connect second port to switch. Eliminating need for separate router. For Wlan would need an Access Point connected to switch i guess, PoE ideally. Are they fast enough via PoE or fast (N or even ac) AP need PoE+? Is there any extra advantages to this approach? Cost comparison? Router or AP would probably be similar. Is range better with dedicated AP? Can the MP server do more than todays smart switch? How much would it drain the server? (8 core 2,26 48 gb ram 500 gb ssd). Better security? Im looking to move our webshop from webhotel to own server this matter at all to either approach? (Probably not a good idea in any case but...) I remember back in the day maybe ten years ago switches were expensive but now theyre cheap and smart too so is it better to buy dedicated hardware?