Hopefully a simple question for a kind of newbie.
How hard (or simple) is it to connect to my home network while on the road? I have some networked devices at home that I would like to access from my phone. TIA for any info or advice.
Which devices? If you're talking about DLNA you may be out of luck, that's not really meant to be shared across networks.
It's a bit advanced, but I do this all the time using secure SSH tunnels. I connect to a single exposed port on my home computer and then forward traffic to my internal IP cams, other computers, etc. SSH is encrypted and uses keys instead of passwords (think of a key as a 2000 byte long password I don't need to type in). For a novice this may be a little difficult to set up, but it's definitely a useful skill to learn.