Holiday project: Redesign the domestic infastructure. Looking for: Network and storage gear. Got any advice?
Our current setup, a Mac Pro and Apple Airport, work fine. But their combined age is approaching 20 years, disks are getting full, and I’m losing faith that Apple really wants that part of my business.
Requirements · The Internet comes in through a cable modem in the basement in a horrible spot for networking. It’s rated at 150M and measures a little faster than that. The modem has dorky wireless feature which we’ve turned off, and there’s Cat5 coming upstairs to a nice central-but-unobtrusive spot for broadcasting Wifi from. Our house is not that big, an Arts&Crafts box not a suburban rambler, and built of wood. So Wifi should be easy. Having said that, our neighborhood is dense and my Mac can see a total of ten WiFi networks. Is that a lot?
We could upgrade the Cat5 to Cat6 at the cost of a few hours from our friendly family electrician.
Given that, here’s what we want:
WiFi everywhere at whatever speed modern WiFi runs at.
An out-of-the-way box in the basement that can grow to hold a few dozen terabytes of storage with really high reliability (presumably RAID something?)
Auto-backup to the cloud would be nice.
Supports Time Machine, because while the future may not be all-Apple, the present pretty well is.
All the iTunes media can go on it, for similar reasons.
First question: Should that list have a #7 and #8?
The minimum-effort thing would be to just go out and buy those. Here’s your chance to convince me I should do something else.
Ideally next week, while the sales are on.