Here's the skinny on what we have: - Macbook Air running 10.6.8 - Macbook Pro (not sure which one - purchased in 2007 - but it's about to die, so it's no particularly important) - iPad (4th generation) - iPhone 3 and iPhone 4S - Apple TV (not sure which generation - purchased new in May 2011) - Airport Express (not currently being used) - Two external hard drives (not wireless), together about 1 TB Here's what we want to accomplish: First and foremost, we need to be able to store our files externally. With only the MBA and iPad as our functioning devices, we are quickly running out of storage space for documents, photos, and videos. Second (a close second), we want to be able to access these externally stored files wirelessly, (fairly) quickly, and on an every-day basis. In other words, if I create a new word document, I want to be able to save it onto this external storage and then a couple hours later access it to make further changes, etc. If I want to play a song from my iTunes library, I want to be able to play it from this external storage. If I want to play a movie on ATV, I want to be able to play it from this external storage. (I'm guessing this sounds like a bit of "cloud" computing?) Third, we want to be able to access these externally stored files remotely, when needed. (I.e., outside of our home network. If I'm at work and need to pull a document on this external storage device, I want to be able to do it.) What we sort of don't care about: Time machine backups on Time Capsule. We're not even using Time Machine at present. We have no backups of our files - stupid, I know - and we're committed to starting this soon. However, we're happy to put our time machine backups - if possible - on non-TC external hard drives. However, my guess is there's some benefit to doing TM back-ups onto TC? I read somewhere that Apple made TC for TM backups - not sure if this is true. After reading some posts, it *seems* that what we really want/need is an NAS, something like Synology. Can anyone confirm this? If so, which Synology device do you recommend? The $1m question: why did we get the TC? I described all of the above to the IT guy at my work, and he recommended TC. I didn't do my own homework beforehand. Now after reading some posts, it seems other folks have had a hard time accomplishing our same objectives with TC. Also, we haven't yet used the TC and are still within the return period. I'm happy to return it to Apple, if there's something better suited to our needs. Or, I'm happy to keep it (if there's a reason to keep it) and get something else. Given all the above, what do you recommend that we do to accomplish what we want?