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I need an expert at home/media networking

I have 2 PCs, a server/nas PC (probably. you can help me decide) and an HTPC. I want to conect them wirelesly.

Here's what I'm planning to do and what I want you to explain me if I can do some things that I have on my mind and how.

1. My PC will have a WD Black 1 or 2 TB and I will save there my steam library games, OS, and some apps like mathematica, spss etc. What I want to do from my PC is download movies and series directly to my server PC. Same thing with the second (gf's pc).
2. I want to directly open the movies or series from my HTPC via the Server PC and watxh them on TV.
3. If possible I want to save some co-op games on the server pc (4*4gb Western Digitals Red, if that matters.) and play them directly on HTPC or my pc. These games are from steam library. So what i have on my mind is, download and install them from my PC on the server PC and then use them with my acc on every PC in the network.
4. If you have any other advices i would apreciate them. If I come up with new questions I'll ask them on the comments.
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  1. Have you considered a cloud solution?

    Alex Kensit
  2. alexkensit said:
    Have you considered a cloud solution?

    Alex Kensit



    No. I would prefer to stay with these 4 pcs. Cloud solutions usually are small. 8tb top that i'm aware of.
  3. Wow you have an awful lot of data. Please make sure you have a RAID 1 solution set up, even regular backups will not prevent data loss.
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    zerosepte said:
    I have 2 PCs, a server/nas PC (probably. you can help me decide) and an HTPC. I want to conect them wirelesly.

    Here's what I'm planning to do and what I want you to explain me if I can do some things that I have on my mind and how.

    1. My PC will have a WD Black 1 or 2 TB and I will save there my steam library games, OS, and some apps like mathematica, spss etc. What I want to do from my PC is download movies and series directly to my server PC. Same thing with the second (gf's pc).
    2. I want to directly open the movies or series from my HTPC via the Server PC and watxh them on TV.
    3. If possible I want to save some co-op games on the server pc (4*4gb Western Digitals Red, if that matters.) and play them directly on HTPC or my pc. These games are from steam library. So what i have on my mind is, download and install them from my PC on the server PC and then use them with my acc on every PC in the network.
    4. If you have any other advices i would apreciate them. If I come up with new questions I'll ask them on the comments.


    You can't play your games stored on one computer on another, you need to download and install them on the computer you will be playing them on. You can remote into a system and play games that way but there will be lots of video lag and will make things unplayable.

    1 and 2 are easy for media files, just look up how to setup a file share on your network, share whatever folder you will have the files in off the server PC and connect to that share on whatever computer you want. Where you put the OS and games and programs does not really matter, you install that on the computer you use them on, not run them off a server. Unless you have programs specifically made to be run off a server, they get installed locally. The only thing you can use centrally is the media files.
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