Thank you for the warm welcomes.
Yes, colinjones, I have read A LOT over the last few days. I hope I didn't come off as someone who was just "jumping in". As far as the network goes, I think I've got that covered too. I've got a Wirless N+ router for my LAN, two NICs for the core's mb. And, a 8 port gigabit switch for the LMCE-LAN. Plus, lots of CAT6.
totallymaxed, I do remember reading about an issue with the audio from that mb. But, I should be able to work around that. I already have the board. I don't intend on buying a replacement one unless I find insurmountable problems. I'll know soon enough.