Originally Posted by Porn_Star
long story short, i have 4 tvs, soon to be 5, in my house. one of which is outside in the garage. i have an apple time capusle, 3 4 tb? 2 ps3s, 1 xbox 360, hk avr 3700, hk avr1710, hk avr354, 1 htpc, and another computer that i can whip together. what i am looking to do, is make all my media available on the network and be able to stream to multiple displays without having to build 5 different computers. i have been looking around and cant even seem to find where to start! in the living room is the htpc, time capsule, ps3, xbox, and avr3700, the bedroom is avr 1710, the garage has a ps3, and avr354. i was kinda planning on the small computer in the garage as well. i do have wireless n, so i am hoping it will have the bandwith to stream multiple shows at once?
sorry for the noob questions, but i appriciate the help.
You want to set up your network well.
It's not as much how many devices you have on the network (although there is overhead), but how many are active and how good the paths to it are.
Some things you can avoid, like writing large files to your NAS when you are streaming a movie from it. But for overall good streaming from both your local area network and from the internet, you want your network optimized.
First you want a good router. That's your choke point or your best asset. There are many n routers out there, some are better, some are worse. I chose a Asus RT N66U
for its specifications, but will probably upgrade in a year or so as new models improve on it. For about 100, this is a definite bang / buck improvement.
I have many devices also, so I bought two switches to handle my living room and bedroom( 5 port TP Link switch
I've chosen to wire my connections as much as possible, but I really had little problem with wireless streaming. Wired is much more reliable and if / when AV components step up to 1Gbit networking, the connections will be there (most if not all components are 100 Mbit).
So for both wireless and wired, the above worked for me.