Please help me build the best Home Cinema, using what I already purchased What I already have: - MacBook - Airport Extreme Time Capsule - iPhone - Lutron Dimmers Rania with IR - iPhone apps: RowMote Pro, AirMouse, Lutron Home Works, Jaadu, EyeTV - Mac apps: Plex, Boxee - Xbox 360 - Altec Lansing speakers What I think I have to buy: - Mac Mini - NAS Synology DS209 OR HDD Extern - EyeTV 250+ TV Tuner - Logitech Harmony 1100 - LED TV Samsung UE40B8000 What should I buy, and how should I connect everything? OPTION 1: Buy a NAS (Synology DS209) - connect NAS with Time Capsule trough FTP cable - connect MacMini with Time Capsule trough FTP cable Advantages: - centralise all my data (iTunes, iPhoto libraries, movies) that can be accessed from MacMini, MacBook, iPhone - download/upload torrents with "bit torrent client" directly on NAS Disadvantages: - spend more money with a NAS OPTION 2: Buy an external HDD - connect external HDD directly with MacMini trough FireWire - connect MacMini with Time Capsule trough FTP cable Advantages: - fast connection with FireWire between MacMini and external HDD - save money (an external HDD is cheaper than a NAS) Disadvantages: - the data from the external HDD will be available only for the MacMini to TV - download/upload torrents with MacMini, that will have to stay ON (extra usage) Airport Express Airtunes will connect with a printer and speakers, and will be available for MacMini, MacBook and iPhone Logitech Harmony 1100 will control everything in the house: Mac Mini, TV, lights, AC, Xbox etc iPhone will also act as a remote for Plex and Boxee (installed on MacMini and MacBook), iTunes, EyeTV CONCLUSION and QUESTIONS: NAS or external HDD? I am not interested in RAID, because RAID1 clones one HDD, so I would have only one HDD available for storage, and RAID0 splits data evenly across the two HDD, so, if one HDD fails, I lose data from both of them Synology has iTunes Server option, so I will access the library from everywhere, but what about accessing data in finder from the NAS? I will be able to copy a file from my MacBook, directly on NAS? I want to be able to upgrade the HDDs in the future, or exchange one if fails. That's why I want a NAS and not just an external HDD Or this is possible with the external drives also? I am also interested in upgrading TimeCapsule's 500GB HDD, with a bigger one (1TB or 2TB), and make back-ups from MacMini, and MacBook on the same TimeCapsule. Is that possible? If I choose Synology NAS with basic volume type (no RAID), and use two HDD of 2TB each: - I will see two HDD on my desktop/network, or just one (like Drobo does)? - can I use two HDD of different capacity (one of 1TB, and another one of 2TB)? - there is a size limit for HDD when I will upgrade in the future? If I choose an external HDD of 2TB: - can I just open the case and replace the HDD with a 4TB one in the future? - can you recommend me an external HDD? (MacMini shape, preferentially) Anybody uses Synology? Please advise me if you have other options or suggestions regarding what should I buy or set up Thanks guys!