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I am relativly new to the the whole house media distribution thing and need some advice on a couple of things:

My Setup currently is as follows:

I have TVs in 4 places in the house I want to be able to watch ripped DVDs, as well as 2 different stereo setups where I want to stream music

Currently I have 1 PC with internal storage
- Windows Media Center 7
- XMBC plugin for WMC
- Media Center Master
- EventGhost
- MCE Controller
- MC Launcher
- WinLIRC
- MyMovies Plugin
- Samsung AllShare
- Media Browser
- Meda Center Studio

Media Creation and Viewing
- AnyDVD HD
- MakeMKV
- Haali Media Splitter
- Virtual CloneDrive
- Total Cinema Theater
- Media Player Classic - Home Cinema

TV/DVDs
- 3 Samsung Smart TVs, either 3D Plasma and LCD
- 1 Panasonic Plasma SmartTV
- 1 Mitsubishi NON-Smart TV
- 2 Samsung Smart 3D Blu Ray DVD players
- Sony Blu Ray DVD player

Now to my question, I need to work out the media storage and distribution to all these devices. I want 1 central location for it to be stored, and am not sure if a direct attached storage array to the PC is the best option, or a NAS device. Can anyone tell me what 1 over the other would be a better option?

thanks,

Jason
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I should also mention that I have
- DVDs ripped to MKV
- Blu Ray DVDs as ISO
- 3D Blu Ray DVD as ISO
- 100+gb of MP3 music
- Home created Videos in MP4, or AVCHD format
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I would check this thread out... AVS Link

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My big picture plan is this:

Main Equipment Area
- All the stuff I posted above
- add on DVBLink

For extenders
- Main TV
- small HTPC with all the playback functions running WMC7

- All other TVs
- Raspberry Pi running raspbmc and the DVBLink client

What I am worried about is distribution, specifically when I start talking about streaming to these other TVs 3D media or Blu Ray media
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If your pc is recent enough, you could just add a raid card and get some external storage cabinets, or you can get a high quality NAS if you don't want to keep your PC on all of the time. Here is an example of going with the route of an add-on card and storage cabinet.
http://www.sansdigital.com/towerraid-/tr8xplusbp.html

If you want to go with a stand-alone NAS just figure out how much storage you need. You can get 2,4,5,6,8,10 or 12 bay non-rackmount NAS enclosures from Netgear, Qnap, Synology, Drobo and others. Always keep in mind some kind of backup strategy as well.
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My big picture plan is this:

Main Equipment Area
- All the stuff I posted above
- add on DVBLink

For extenders
- Main TV
- small HTPC with all the playback functions running WMC7

- All other TVs
- Raspberry Pi running raspbmc and the DVBLink client

What I am worried about is distribution, specifically when I start talking about streaming to these other TVs 3D media or Blu Ray media



HOME SERVER / NAS : Build your own home server running Unraid/FreeNas/WHS etc or Buy a NAS QNAP/Synology. Connect Server to a switch and set up an Ethernet connection to all rooms. I will suggest Hardwired or Homeplugs for video streaming

Media Player/Streamer. Each media player connected to the TV via HDMI. Media player should be capable of playing all the video files you currently have, including the 3D movies. Any of the Mede8er, Dune or Popcorn Hour 3D media players work
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