I'm not sure where to post this as it will concern most Apple devices. What would be the best way to implement Apple devices in a home for computing, networking and entertainment? I trying to keep this setup general so it could be adapted to any given house. I want to keep energy consumption at a low when on idle. I'm also thinking of building a server that will house media and backups from old hardware. I'm not sure however which OS will be able to backup macs,itunes sharing and my media unless I do a hackinstosh which won't work because I dont have an intel CPU. Internet To access the internet seems the best way would be with Airport Extreme Base Station. Then to connect every stationary Mac computers via hard wire throughout the house. If you cannot hard wire use a powerline ethernet solution to ensure a fast, safer and reliable connection. *Because this uses the Airport Extreme Base station you are limited to having 3 hard wired devices. Choose wisely. **Unless you use a different router with more gigE ports. Entertainment TV: your choice Mac mini with plex to stream all your content to your TV. Perhaps add a bluray player to the mini if necessary. The mini also offers the flexibility of the internet, applications and a DVD drive that the ATV2 cannot offer. Speakers: Whatever tickles your fancy Receiver: Something air play enabled to be able to play content from iOS devices anywhere. Remote: either the Apple remote or an iPad to control your home entertainment system As long as the app you use supports all your devices. Backup I would use either a Synology DS410 or DS411+(help me choose) because it is not hardware specific and flexible. Connect it to the Airport base station to backup every computer on the network and the media collection. Configure a FTP and download server as well as backup. I could also build a server from old computer parts. Printing All printers would be wifi enabled. Did I miss something?