(I thought this the best place to post as I am looking for AppleTV info and most guys here would probably have experienced networking issues too) Ok smart people, I am REALLY needing some assistance as there are just too many choices and variables for what I am trying to do. I have made the transition to Mac and just wish I had done it long time ago, however, I have a few final changes to make before I will be windows free. I have read the threads for weeks and now to put all my thoughts and ideas into practice. So here is what I currently have: MacPro (myself) running main iTunes library 2 Macbook Pros myself and wife 2 imacs (kids) several ipads, ipods and iphones 2 airport express 1 airport base station I currently also have cable internet connected to Linksys router to external nic on Windows server, then internal nic to switch and all other computers and peripherals on internal network. Step 1. I want to get rid of windows server which currently handles IPs and acts as firewall and replace with Mac mini for reasons to be explained in further steps. Step 2. I stream iTunes from my MacPro throughout the home using the airport expresss and this works flawlessly with apple remote on ipod and iphone controlling the music. I want to put the library on central system now so my system does not always have to be on and this library can be shared by all. Step 3. I want to convert DVD collection to digital so it can be used in two separate media rooms. I was going to use mini and plex for this instead of Apple TV and Apple TV flash, but then thought I would need two minis, so rather go two Apple TVs and pull content from central libraries/storage on the central mini. So would my choice of going mini with OSX and not Server OSX be the best choice as my central system? My thinking is if I use mini with OSX, I can connect USB storage or NAS storage and have this mini the central iTunes and iphoto library and also store all the DVD digital media there. I could then share iTunes with 4 of the other systems using family share. I could get a usb to NIC adapter and still have an external nic from cable (should I still use a router or put in a firewall appliance like Smoothwall to add security after removing my windows server? I like my security) Then the internal nic would go to switch where other computers and peripherals are connected. I do have cat5 to all locations even though I also use wireless on internal network as well. So would I be able to accomplish all this and do you see any errors in my thinking or alternatives that could work and be a lot simpler?