Well, there are some changes coming in the near future to my home network.
Specifically, we're having a custom L-shaped computer desk built for our master bedroom. A fellow I went to high school with has a furniture building business with his father. They're building us a solid-oak desk with a light-satin finish. It will have a place in the corner for the desktop monitor (at least 22", I'm thinking), and bi-level hutch-style shelving all the way around the L-shape of the desk. Plenty of room for books, CDs, peripherals, etc.
I'm planning on taking the plunge into NAS. Any recommendations on this are appreciated. I've been looking at the D-link DNS-321
Our home has the following devices:
1 desktop computer in the boys' bedroom (will add desktop to master bedroom, and replace defunct desktop unit in girls' bedroom upstairs)
3 notebook computers, all with Wifi
2 Nintendo DS Lite units with Wifi
X-mas may bring Wifi-enabled version of the iPad for the oldest child (not sure, they're still pretty high-priced for the feature-set)
So, soon to be a total of 6 PCs (3 desktops, 3 laptops).
Now, I'm not interested in running cable all over the house for a true gigabit home network. Even if I were, my wife wouldn't permit it
We buy, download, and backup movies sometimes from Amazon Unbox, so I figured we could put those on the NAS for streaming to individual PCs. I'm the only one in the house with data that truly needs to be backed up (hours of programming, etc.), so I was planning on installing SteadyState on all children's computers (already on the one in the boys' room).
Oh, and I salvaged the 250 GB drive from the defunct desktop PC in the girls' bedroom, so I can put it in an enclosure and have an extra external drive.