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I am looking to setup a brand new home network with new equipment over the next few months.
Our home situation is: We have 3 Mac computers, 2 PC's (all home/office use) and loads of phones and other equipment. Each computer stores files independently, there is peer-to-peer wireless sharing (through the OS) but no true central file sharing.
Our existing network situation is: We have O2 Broadband but don't use the O2 equipment. We use a Netgear ADSL2+ modem (delivering 5/6-7meg) connected to a Time Capsule that offers us home backup for our Mac computers and also acts as our wireless router. We broadcast in dual-band 802.11b/g and 802.11n simultaneously (as there are a range of systems that need different bands). We then use 2 Apple AirPort Express access points around the house to extend and amplify the signal - although these can sometimes be temperamental. None of this equipment is particularly reliable.
Our new network situation will be: We are soon changing from O2 Broadband to BT Infinity with an estimated speed boost to 30/40meg. We will receive a BT infinity modem and BT home hub.
This will be a large change to our existing home network, and so I think its time for a refresh.
What I want to setup: A reliable and fast wireless home network which allows access for all computers around the house, and incorporates a 'soon-to-be-growing' NAS storage solution.
More on the NAS requirements: I would like a system where I can store NAS drives (wireless or ethernet) somewhere else around the house. I am looking for a setup which uses a 2TB (2 x 1TB drives) station with RAID support (which, if my understanding is correct, with RAID 1, would give me 1TB of protected storage). I would like the option to add to this system as time goes on and storage needs increase. Currently I would look to setup the system with 2 separate, 2TB stations connected to the network. These NAS stations need to be compatible with iTunes Server and Time Machine for Macs. Any other features are a bonus.
1) My BT home hub and modem system needs to be left alone. We need full support from BT which means I can't change that setup. It must use the BT equipment and stay by the BT master socket.
2) The NAS drives need to be connected to the wireless network from a separate location to the BT equipment. They will be stored in another room where there is sufficient space. I therefore assume they need a method of accessing the network, my knowledge here is hazy.
3) We don't have ethernet networking support around out house. Using ethernet isn't an option for connecting devices apart from connecting systems to separate access points located near the machines.
I would welcome anyone with a view or suggestion on the equipment to be used, improvements to the new system or feedback on anything mentioned here. ready to hear anything that may help me setup this system.