I just wired my house for gigabit ethernet. I'm now trying to figure out how best to setup my network. Currently, I have 3 computers wired in. Mainly used as HTPCs for different rooms around the house; with one main computer for everything else.
I'm wondering how to setup the streaming/file sharing capabilities. I want to have access to stream HD/audio/files from any computer on the network.
Am I looking for a media server, NAS, keep existing setup (and use wake-on-lan if I need to pull content from one computer to the other), or something else?
My only criteria is if I do need a NAS/media server it have gigabit capabilities.
Keeping this as low budget as possible (less than $500).
If I need a media server, can I setup the network to have all the processing be done by the local machines and not the server (since the local machines have better processors).