Trying to find help on how I set up a solution for storing accessing, viewing and playing al the electronic media I have.
I have a number of devices....some as old as 20 years, some recent purchases e.g. Smart phone. I want to build a solution that allows me to access the media I have at home, both internally in the house (multiple devices at the same time) and externally e.g. via a smart phone I want to also access various streams of digital media...e.g. even though I have large library of MP3's lately I been listening to Internet Radio via Pandora (create my own catalogue ). I would like to stream movies and TV from all over the world to my TV. Trying to see if I can future proof my self fro where media is heading.
So I have an old Samsung 42" Plasma 1080I , and old HP Pavilon Slimline PC, an old Samsung HD recorder, a Samsung smart phone and tablet...my electronic media is either on USB powered drives sized from 250Gb to 1 TB, and photo's on DVD's etc
I want to have a centralise system that I can access any electronic media from within the house or when away.... thoughts,
So where do I start, expect I need to buy a new TV, a new PC , setup a NAS system....and find software which will help me index and catalogue all media and streaming links.....and ideally have a friendly simple interface that allows me to access this data.n e.g. If the kids want a copy of their birth certificate they will be connect via their phone and download a copy, photo etc). I would feel more comfortable to have my own "cloud storage"
e.g. what type of smart TV should I look at?, do I attach a NAS system to store all my media controlled by replacement computer.. or is their a better solution? What software do I use mange and index it all? What interface do I have on the various devices that need to connect to it? Not sure I want to go down the Apple path....probably stick with Android on the mobile devices and Windows 64 bit on the PC?
And lastly I don't have a huge budget, first step was to get Ultra fast broadband connected to my home which has now been done. So its likely a progressive rollout e.g. I find things on special etc
Many thanks in advance for your feedback or examples of what people have put together. Maybe there are good examples of articles that cover what you to think about before going out and purchasing lots of hardware