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What Is Your Ultimate Home Network?

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#1 emu_daddy


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Posted 07 May 2003 - 02:54 PM

What is your vision of the ultimate home network?

Here is what I am in the process of building -

Entertainment Center in the Den:
- hacked DirecTiVo hooked up to 10/100 LAN
- hacked xBox hooked up to 10/100 LAN
- 27" TV
- home theater with surround

Home Theater in Basement:
- Panny projector with 78" 9x16 screen
- Home Theater PC

Server Closet in Basement:
- Linux/Samba File Server with .5 TB storage
- Firewall
- DSL Modem
- Patch Panel
- 10/100 switch

Home Office:
- My Windoze PC for work
- Wife's Windoze PC for web and email

Home School Room:
- Kid's Windoze PC for educational software

When the price comes down I also want to add a tablet PC to carry around the house to use as needed via Wi-Fi.

Also, I plan to finish my MAME cabinet and put it in the basement once the other side is finished (the home theater will take a year, so this is WAAAAY off).

My kids are 4, 2 and 3 weeks, so their computer needs so far have been limited to Reader Rabbit and Blues Clues, but I expect that to change soon as my daughter gets more and more into the PC.

My wife and I thought of adding X.10 cameras with sound to the network to keep an eye on the kids when they are sleeping, but the reality is that our $50 intercomm that we use today works great, so why bother?

So, what would you add?

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Posted 07 May 2003 - 04:39 PM

home automation built into the network and gigabit ethernet.
other than that, you have it all

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Posted 07 May 2003 - 04:50 PM

Wireless ip based outside video surveillance system, I'd like to know who's at the door before I bother to get up. =^.^=

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Posted 07 May 2003 - 06:05 PM

Where in the hell are you getting 5TB from? Christ I would kill to have that much storage. The only thing I'd change is the TiVO, I plan on building my own.(MythTv) Combine that with a little VideoLan (Wireless and Wired) and you got yourself a pretty sweet setup. I'm actually jealous of you, I'm dieing to get my home network up and running, but I gotta keep the woman happy and gets some basics first (new carpet, kitch sink, etc)

XeroKitsune - I know they have webcam that just take a RJ-45 connector, they have their own built in web server, and all you have to do to look, is point your browser towards the address.

Edited by flagg, 07 May 2003 - 06:06 PM.

#5 emu_daddy


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Posted 07 May 2003 - 06:42 PM

POINT 5 (as in half of) TB. I *WISH* it was 5 TB.

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