I’m having a new home built as we speak. I’ve opted for numerous “smart home” features like smart thermostats, door locks, smart plugs and switches, security cameras, and CAT6 data drops in almost every room. Gigabit internet will be available. We are a family of 4 and we can often be found streaming different things at the same time and also doing quite a bit of gaming. We each have our own PCs and mobile devices.
What I hope to do:
I would like to be able to have a NAS to store all my media (photos, music, movies/tv) that I currently own and have all of that available to be viewed/heard on the three TVs we will have as well as mobile devices.
We will also have streaming content as well like Netflix, Prime, Hulu, etc. whiich we currently get through a Roku and an AppleTV each driving a different TV in our current home. I want to be able to access these streaming services from any device in the house. I am planning to buy 3 new TVs when we move in so that we have the latest tech (and because our current ones are too small for the new house).
Should I buy a NAS to store all of the media I want to share and would/could that NAS be connected directly to the router located in the media enclosure in the master walk-in closet?
If I go with a NAS, would I then just need to have something like Plex installed on each TV/device so that I could access that media?
Similarly, would I just need to install the streaming service apps on each device so that can stream independently of one another?
Would I still need to use the Roku or AppleTV and, if so, would I need to have one for each TV or could they be attached to the router at the media enclosure and shared across any device on the network? I’m thinking they would not be needed but want to confirm. Maybe just the AppleTV since I’m guessing that’s not an app that is found on TV app stores.
Is there anything else you can think of I am missing or where I can take advantage of this or other tech to do something cool in the house?
Thanks so much for reading. I’m fairly tech-savvy but haven’t really been keeping up with the latest tech for quite some time. Now I am ready to get caught up and jump right in now that I will have a great home to do it in.