My network is now speedy 18 mbit/s practically. It gets a dynamic IP number from DHCP server. I run light host-based defense systems also to make sure that intrudes cannot penetrate from within the network.
On the left side you can see an external 19″ monitor. This was a bargain at 110 eur a year ago. Nowadays, of course, there are better prices and sharper equipment. The idea of having an extra monitor for work, status, chat, or whatever you keep there, is something that has to be experienced before one believes it.