Ok, am a bit lost. Have read threads here and elsewhere about what is "best", what is recommended, and have learned quite bit. However,,, am still bit in the dark as to what would indeed be optimum set-up for our particular situation... which is as follows: Have my MacBook in my office downstairs, same room as the Apple Airport Extreme router. Upstairs is the 24" iMac, with the external HD's attached, as that is where we currently do all of the digital image and video processing. Besides the photos and videos on one external HD [Lacie 1GB via FW800], we've all music on another external HD [Buffalo 500GB also via FW]. There are backups on comparable externals that are done on as need basis - these are stored in fireproof gun safe, along with another external HD with the photos in another house. In the coming year, I've plans to acquire a MacPro, so that can do more image processing, etc. in my office,,, that also then frees up the iMac for our boy's doing their homework, projects, playing, etc. The MP would be located in my office. Lastly, the room next to my office is our TV is located... would like to have the ability to view images & videos and listen to music here too. So... for better & secure back-up + ease of sharing + fast accessibility (for all of our computers & TV/entertainment system), is a NAS [such as Synology DS211(J)] or Drobo or hooked to the Airport, or will that hinder speed, for example, to the iMac [since it'd be wireless] and TV? Or, is there other / better options,,, with being a "reasonable" [ie: <<<$1000] price? PS: oldest boy has reminded me that he's modded couple old black x-boxes, and that we're able to use them to "stream" images and videos to the TV, and music to the stereo system... so that helps with that aspect [right?], yet however this balding grey-haired fool is still not sure at to what to do regarding optimum backup and access for all computers. Help!