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You'll have difficulty getting rid of the Sky router as they don't like devices other than what they've provided connecting to their network. I'd suggest using a third party Wifi extender such as this wee fella TP-Link TL-WA901ND Advanced Wireless N Access Point: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories plus a decent NAS, such as this one Synology DS212J 2 Bay NAS Enclosure: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories. You'll need to provide your own drives, according to your storage needs, probably 2TB each. I'd say Western Digital Red drives are your best bet, as they're optimised for NAS RAID.
I have both these contraptions, use Sky at home, and they do the job nicely though, if you include the original Sky router, it's a 3 box solution.

EDIT You might want to have a re-think on your budget if you want to stream HD to 4 devices simultaneously. That takes some serious bandwidth, so you'd need a more expensive NAS as a minimum, plus your WIFI network is going to struggle. Is 4 devices receiving HD over wifi a realistic goal, or can you throttle back on that? If not, realistically you're going to be better off with a wired solution.

BTW the Synology works great with Sonos, lovely bit of kit.
 

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Getting rid of sky is no problem as I can hack the username and password from it and configure the new modem but thanks for the recommendations on drives
Really? Good effort, I'd be fascinated to know how you managed that one. If it's a viable option, then Woz's recommendation on the Draytek Vigor will solve your wifi/router issues- the 2950 is a great bit of kit.
 

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Cool, thanks! Just as an aside, certain routers (Draytek included) give you the option of setting your locale as Japan. In this mode, you get more channels available for your wifi, it goes up to 14. Do be aware that this is also not legal over here. Nevertheless, there is (ahem) anecdotal evidence from assorted miscreants that it clears up neighbour-based wifi congestion beautifully.
 

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Looking for some advice in setting up the home network. I had what I thought was a solution in the Netgear WNDR4720 but it turns out it doesn't provide any modem facility.

The house has 4 PCs, 1 Tablet, 2 games machines and 2 tethered? Mobile devices.

I currently have Sky broadband (8Mb) with the "free" Sagem modem/router.

I want to get rid of the Sky modem because it's not powerful enough to reach the whole house and it keeps dropping the Internet connection.

I want to have the following set up.

One central storage device to hold all movies (200), music (800 CDs) and photos (2,000 hi res).
Ability to share the printer across all devices without going through the PC that it's currently connected to
Modem/router to allow all devices to connect to Internet
Automatic backup of media drive (is that RAID 1?)
Needs to be capable of streaming HD to multiple devices throughout the house which is a 4 bed semi.
Needs to be capable of of coping with the demands of online gaming

It would be nice if there is some sort of cloud storage but this is not a must have.

I would also like a one box solution if possible although 2 boxes will suffice.

Other considerations

It will likely be on display as space is at a premium in the room i intend to locate it in so shouldn't look like a bag of shite.
Reliability of drives
Wifi speed and range (as per above spec bearing in mind it might have to serve 4 devices simultaneously)
Eventually will also use a Sonos to access the music on the NAS

Budget £375max

Can someone suggest a setup that can achieve the above?
As you mention streaming HD I assume that your 200 movies will be / include Blu-rays. Have a think what format you want to store these in. I've ripped my 400-ish DVDs and BRs as iso files so its just like playing the disc over the network (menus, extras etc) and a DVD takes about 7GB and a BR up to 50GB.

I also have 7 Sonos zones of various types (great bits of kit!) and have opted to stream all my CDs (I guess 400/500) as Lossless so they sound their best. This takes about 300-400MB of storage each CD.

My storage also holds all our digital photos and various other bits and pieces.

All this storage adds up. I'm currently using about 8 or 9TB of my 12TB of space so I have some future proofing of space. The last thing I would want is to loose all of this (mainly the photos, the music and movies I could rip again... Wouldn't be fun and would take me a couple of months, I guess, but I could) so also have a backup (which soon will be of all of my content)

You need to work out what formats you want to store things in, how much space that will take, how much future space you want, and what level of risk you're willing to accept regarding data loss. This will dictate what your storage solution will look like and how much it will cost. £375 could soon disappear though depending on your requirements :-/

As others have said I'm not sure about streaming HD to 4 devices over wireless. I'd recommend some kind of wired solution if that is your goal (home plugs would be least disruptive)

Not sure that's helped much as I haven't suggested any solutions, however, hopefully it's given you a bit more info on the types of questions you'll need to think about.

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I am with sky and all I did was to plug a D-Link wireless router into the sky router as you say their wireless signal is pants. So I guess just use theirs as a modem works a treat got the Smart TV, sky plus, 2 + laptops, 2 + IPhones and a few I pads as well as anyone else like when the kids pop over connecting to it. No hacking into the sky router port forwarding or anything
 

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A Draytek Vigor would do all of the above if you stick a NAS onto it.
That's what I'm using and it's rather good. Using the VSL version 2750vn with BT Infinity with a NAS drive hanging off of it.
 

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I've got a 2830Vn at work. Used to have a Netgear and had to resort to an ISP supplied Sagem for a while. The Draytek knocks spots off both and is rock stable. Have got a 6Tb RAID NAS on the way from someone here on YD that i'll use for file storage as we're upping the amount of media we will need for marketing,

At home I've got an ISP provided Thomson thing but it seems pretty solid, runs quite cool and the wireless is good- then again Woz Towers isn't huge. Replaces a Netgear thing that was fine for a bit then completely fell over.

Plugged into the Thomson thing is a 3Tb Buffalo NAS with all sorts of fancy servers on it from DLNA to iTunes and even a little Bittorrent client. Have a mains adapter also plugged into it so that if I'm sat in the living room and need to shift a big file I can have a wired connection.
 

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So a 7-8TB drive should give be space to add to. Can you get 8TB drives? Maybe I need to have a drive for movies, one for music and one for pics?????
3TB is the biggest you can get (AFAIK) in WD Red, so you're going to be looking at a 4-bay NAS as a minimum. QNAP and Synology all do decent models. 4 drives in RAID5'll give you 9TB to play with.

From bitter personal experience, RAID5 controllers aren't always as reliable as one would wish for, so RAID1 is worth exploring, but you would need an even bigger NAS to accommodate the drives required (4x3TB in RAID1 = 6TB), and then things get really pricy.

That said, all of the above will obliterate your £375 budget...
 

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My work server has 4 hot swappable discs in a RAID 1 with 2 discs the system and the other 2 for storage. Only 70Gb though as they're SCSI but the server also has redundant power supplies too attached to an APC battery backup almost as big as the server so it can run for 90 mins if one of the lads fires up the vertical borer direct online and pops the board fuses.

Will keep that for server stuff and use the NAS for files. Probably use a RAID 1 system there too giving me 3Tb which should be plenty although I could get another Tb out of it with RAID 5. But for work I prefer reliability over space!
 

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Get a UPS.... our kettle blew last week, took the power out and corrupted both my HDs in the NAS ! They are independent disks...I've now got a UPS from APC, powers down NAS after 30 seconds.. didn't cost a bomb as wasn't latest model (Back-UPS CS 500).. worked out of the box with FreeNas on a hp proliant microserver.
 
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