Hi all: I want to build a home LAN with Apple products. I was envisioning a Mac mini running OSX server and using ipads as my clients. on the Mac mini, i will need to run fusion so that I can have a virtual windows environment for some investment applications that I use that only run in the windows world. The issues that I am trying to address are: 1. Do I need OSX server? 2. What products are out there for the ipads to be able to run any applications that are hosted on the mac mini? Note: This is very important as it relates to the fusion and windows envrionment. 3. I need to access this from anywhere in the world at any time but i do not want to have to pay for a hosting service. As to how the LAN wil be used: 1. it will have no more than 5 clients at any given time. 2. the most common functions that will be done are: web surfing, word processing, spreadsheets, some photoediting;, and most importatnly running investment software for managing various investments. ( I am setting up a business as a professional trader, focusing on FOREX market). 3. I would like the ipads to use the applications on the mini if possible and there is no significant performace loss. 4. There will be shared and file swapping between the devices; howeve most data will be saved on the mac mini. 5. There will be some games but nothing significant; the wife likes to play black jack on the computer. 6. we will have lots of educational software for the grandkids (ages 4 and 2) 7. Should probaly include some video editing as to sae HS home videos of the grandkids. So is what I am describing doable? If so, what hardware and software, do I need to get to make this happen. I know that i will need a server (MAc Minin and the ipads ( not sure about which model); what wireles device should I get; and most important, what software will I need to pull this all together. Oh, a couple of other notes: 1. I will, at some point get a high end imac; 2. At some point, I will have a high end Computer dedicated for my investment business/company. This computer will have the ability to drive up to 12 different sized mointors. 3. I also want to at some point in time, install a smart home system. I am hoping to use the Ipads as the user interface for that as well. Any ideas and suggestion on the feasibilty of setting up the home lan with the mini and ipads so that I can have the desired functionality would be greatly apprecaited. Also if you have any hardware and software recommendations for this I would really appreciate that becasue as i said in my intro post, I have been an apple basher for years and now I want to convert everythimg that I can to Apple and minimize the amount of windows platforms and OSs in my life. Thanks, G.E.