View Full Version : Home Network Strategy / Setup?

03-04-2011, 04:17 AM
Hi everyone,

I'd appreciate some suggestions on how best to set up my home network / system. I'll explain what I have to work with and what I'd like to do. Any ideas would be really welcome!

I have:

Macbook Pro (13" 2010) Which I use for all my work, and take on trips etc.
Mac Mini (Intel) Used for TV (iPlayer in UK) in the front room.
iPhone 4 Used for everything!
Synology Disk Station NAS

Here's what I'd like to do:

Have a central iTunes library for the kids films / music and mine
Be able to sync my podcasts on the road (ie from the MBP, not the Mini)
Have that central iTunes content available in easy format around the home on the MBP or iPhone

I did experiment with keeping both the library and the database on the NAS, but it's a total pain to have to tell iTunes where the library is and wait for the NAS to spin up each time.

Home networking offers some possibility but the layout / format of the media is really not great, and I don't have the best vision to start with!

Can anyone suggest the ideal setup?

Many thanks...