I'm looking to upgrade my home network. I have a few specific requirements, but first my current setup (single floor 700 sf apartment in an old brick row house): AEBS (2nd Gen 2007) Wireless Router: Comcast ISP (30 Meg connection). Cat6 connections to Bedroom Apple TV 2, Living Room DirecTV & Living Room PS3. 2x iPhone 5s, 1x iPad 3, 1x MBP Retina, & a Phillips Airplay Speaker in Kitchen connect regularly with WiFi. Recently purchased for Living Room is a Onkyo TX-NR515 and a Apple TV 3 both to connect with WiFi. Three External Hard Drives are connected to the AEBS using a USB hub. 1x 2TB for media, 1x 1TB for misc storage, 1x 500GB for Time Machine backups. Issues/Desired Features I'm looking to resolve: The router is placed in a closet that is centered between the Bedroom and Living Room. Moving the router as well as moving/adding Cat6 cables isn't an ideal situation. Therefor the 2 Cat6 cables at the Living Room Entertainment Center and the 1 Cat6 at the Bedroom TV is all I have to work with. Three External HDD appears to be too much, at least for the USB Hub, and the script that loads the drives at startup always breaks eventually. I'd like a more simple/safe networked HDD setup. The 2TB drive is a year old and performing well. The 1TB and 500GB are getting long in the tooth (and the 1TB may be dying). The MBP's SSD is only 256GB. I like the idea of using a Time Capsule for more efficient media use and backup and then backing up my media to the 2TB for redundancy. Initial testing with the new Apple TV 3 appears to stutter when streaming Netflix. The Philips Airplay speaker gives out sometimes, and may be related to signal strength/speed. I'm guessing any new routers would provide the speed boost over my current AEBS. The Apple TV 2 is running XBMC. I know the Apple TV 3 can't be jailbroken and may never be. I've been converting my media to MP4 to make it all compatible with iOS. But I still don't like that iTunes needs to be open for this to work. Don't know if there's a workaround that can be integrated in my new setup. I'd like to eliminate my PS3 from being my media server (never been stable) with the exception of Amazon Prime streaming. The Onkyo Receiver does have an Ethernet jack, however the WiFi adapter appears OK. It will only be needed for the iOS remote, and maybe internet radio (however the Apple TV 3 plugged into it may make the internet radio feature moot). I need a hard connection for the DirecTV. I'd prefer a hard connection for the PS3 for gaming. Do I want or need 802.11ac support? Doubt the MBP has it hidden/disabled like Apple did with 802.11n. Maybe sell my MBP Retina and upgrade a year in if its worth it? I'd like to add a Printer with AirPrint capabilities later. It would go in the back office (separated by a brick wall but open door). WiFi reception works OK back there as currently set up. Ideas I have for a resolution: New AEBS ($170). Does not solve my multiple HDD issue. Ethernet Ports are filled unless I can stop use on my PS3 (or buy a switch for the Living Room). But provides a setup that more or less works for me right now. New 3TB Time Capsule ($480). 2TB may not be enough for Media & Backup. Can plug my 2TB HDD into it to backup my Media. Same issue with Ethernet Ports. Overall this is the most expensive I believe. New Asus RT-N66u Router ($160). TheWireCutter has it as the best WiFi router and I tend to agree with their review. There does appear to be a way to code Time Capsule support to the stock firmware (although I don't understand the process after first glance). New Asus RT-AC66U Router ($230). Is 802.11ac really needed? Maybe just an upgrade to a new 802.11n router be enough for speed improvements? ZyXEL NSA310 Network Drive ($85+HDD). TheWireCutter also ranks this as their best Budget Network Drive. I would of course have to buy a 3TB HDD to insert. Could potentially plug my 2TB HDD into it to backup media. Should solve the Time Capsule issue with a non Apple router? Does this help with the iTunes/Apple TV 3 connection? Thoughts, suggestions, experience is most welcomed.