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Hello

 

I would kindly ask you for some help.

 

Problem:

I live in a house with 2 floors. My wish is to make home server to store data, make backups, streaming media…

In first floor I have two TVs in two rooms and also the same in second floor. I have one desktop computer in each floor and 3 laptops.

My wishes are:

1.    to be able to watch HD movies from server computer to all TVs (have one disc in server with multimedia that everybody have access to it)

2.    have 4 more discs to make backup data from desktop and laptop (one disc access only me, another other users... - private and job data)

 

So is this possible to do wireless without cables? 

If it is not can you tell me how to do it as I am not really expert?

 

Thanks a lot!

Mark

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Welcome Mark,

 

I think you will be okay as long as you use a very good N series router or quite possibly get a Gig switch, connect the server to it, and then convert an N series router into an access point.

 

Make sense?  The ultimate goal is to get the high I/O users like the server away from a SOHO router (B/G).

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If WiFi is the only way, I'd get two wireless-N AP's and put one on each floor. That should give you enough bandwidth headroom. This is assuming that your wireless clients (including the TVs support wireless-N) and you still need to run a cable from the AP's to your switch, though.

 

FWIW, wired gigabit is still best.

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ok thanks to all for the replys!

 

Can you tell me what kind of server to build (hardware spec) and which router and switch do you suggest?

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If WiFi is the only way, I'd get two wireless-N AP's and put one on each floor. That should give you enough bandwidth headroom. This is assuming that your wireless clients (including the TVs support wireless-N) and you still need to run a cable from the AP's to your switch, though.

 

FWIW, wired gigabit is still best.

 

How are you envisioning getting video to the TVs?

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How are you envisioning getting video to the TVs?

Depends on the OP's TVs. I use a combination of WD TV Live SMPs and HTPCs. If he has a WiFi-capable Smart TV, it may have the ability to receive streams from, say, a Plex Media Server. If so, he won't need a separate media player.

 

This is my home network. I really prefer a properly wired LAN over wireless for static clients. My WiFi is primarily just for mobile (low-bandwidth) clients and the wireless cameras.

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Nice diagram. Thanks. Can I assume you are using Play To a fair bit?

Thanks. No, never really found a practical use for it. Anyway, each connected player and HTPC gets media directly from my homeserver. And not until recently, also from Netflix.

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