The Stein Family Home Network is a long-term hobby. Since it is a hobby it changes over time as new devices with new capabilities are added to it. The articles here explain the current state of the network and may also give some insight in other options considered or previously used. However, please note that the choice of technologies does not necessarily reflect what I would consider a "best-of-breed" solution. Several things are taken into consideration such as ease of use, cost, history with other technologies, and, in some cases, just the desire to try something. Each year there is usually a large overhaul of some part of the network. No decision is set in stone and, being a hobby, I enjoy playing with new things. Feel free to add comments with different ideas to try.
Overall one main goal of the network is to try and make the best use of the technologies connected to it in a secure manner. Another concern is making sure that the data and services provided are available and able to be restored in the case of a failure or disaster. Finally, control over the data and services is also a priority meaning that the network is self-contained as much as possible and able to operate--although with reduced functionality--if external connections or services are unavailable.