I have honestly been up and down the line on how to accomplish the things I am looking to do with my home media network, and I am still confused as to what would be the best, most efficient way for me.
My main goals are:
- I want to have a networked storage drive so i can create and access downloads from my laptops or android phones.
- To be able to control my audio media (through a nice functional interface, so it's not clunky to navigate) via phones and laptops, and have full functionality over my stereo receiver ON TWO DIFFERENT FLOORS OF MY APPT. Mostly just will need to control volume and which speakers are actively playing, but turning the device off/on, and choosing what to play is also essential.
- Stream video media from my network drive to my TV (which is a smart TV with DLNA and network jack - TV is Samsung LN46C650L1F). NOTE - I do not want to deal with constantly converting files, if i can avoid it. So I suppose a good front end is worth the money to me.
- Use third party apps like Amazon Prime and Netflix to watch video media.
- Not have to use 3-4 different remote controls to control video and toggle between video/audio when i am upstairs in front of the TV.
RAID backups and all that is a bonus, but these things above are my main goals. I want to do these things well but not overspend for things I don't need at the moment
Any advice for any aspect, or the whole concept would be VERY much appreciated... Thanks guys!
Current equipment: Samsung TV LN46C650L1F