Having acquired a couch on which to sit and an 8 bit Nintendo to play whilst sitting on said couch, my girlfriend and I are now getting audio and network stuff. Please help us fill in the gaps!
We've just gotten an OK amp/receiver and some beautiful Mirsch OM71 speakers, and having hooked up her old vinyl player we're trying to plan ahead of our needs and ambitions.
I've outlined one possible solution for how to combine the sound system with our largely digital library, as well as making use of the broadband and whatnot, and the sketch is available here: dabbleboard.com
in the middle could be a Qnap 112
or similar, but I'd be interested in alternative brands or even homebrew solutions if they're stable enough. I'd much rather not have to use a computer to control the box, so if there's an iPhone app for it — or a web interface good enough to run on the phone — that would be just super. (An alternative would be if the box was running an iTunes server and the iPhone controlling playback through Remote on either the box or a computer which has iTunes running)
The Gb switch and two wifi routers could be exchanged for one router which could handle two separate connections - one open, one closed - and have some software both to run a TOR client and perhaps some port blocking capabilities for the open network. I guess that the switch does add some security for the LAN from the open access, or is that redundant? Are there any routers capable of running a TOR client?
My iTunes library resides on my Mac Pro at the moment, and my GF has another one running on her laptop. I'd love it if we could share the music library, or even just the music files and run our own libraries separately. As it is I don't have any music on my laptop and have to boot the tower to sync my iPhone, and I bet there are smarter solutions than that.
The solutions I've outlined lack product names mostly cause I really haven't paid attention to what is out there the past couple of years, and would appreciate it if you could push me in the right direction. If there's something else missing here, or if I'm overlooking the most important feature of all
, do let me know. Cheers!