I have been putting this off for to long, and my home network is suffering from my neglect. Here is what I need to happen.
One printer connected to the network that people can print from. Regardless of the OS. And that will sit in one spot in the house(i have hard wired Ethernet to every room, so that's not a problem).
Centralized storage(NAS, or a computer with a fat raid, or hard drive.) And backup. If built on a computer, reliable backup software.
FTP server/HTTP server to host a website on and files.
I am leaning towards a low cost, low power computer to do this. But, I'm also open to putting individual devices (NAS and Networked print server boxes) in. My network is D-Link based, and I would like to keep it that way. I know how to build computers and know about parts, but i have been out of it for a while, and need to know what are the lowest cost, and lowest power consuming parts that can do these jobs. Also, I need reliable software to perform these tasks. It has to work, and it has to work all the time.