Thanks for taking the time to read. My home set-up looks pretty much as per the image below. It's becoming more frustrating that my storage is spread-out and the right computer isn't always switched on or awake.
Currently files are stored on the MBP and Intel iMac drives, mostly the latter, and each backs up via Time Machine and WiFi(n) to a 320GB USB drive and 500GB Time Capsule respectively located out in the garage (where it is Kensington locked and seperate should there be a fire in the house).
iTunes Home Sharing handles copying media between machines and MobileMe keeps track of contacts/calendars across each device. I don't make any use of iDisk - I struggled to understand how I could backup and keep synchronized this cloud-based data.
I'd like to install a RAID or similar storage device (probably connected to the D-Link WiFi Router) so that all machines can access the single point of data. However the D-Link only has 100Base-T ports and if I connect a Gigabit RAID direct to the iMac I end up with the same problem that the iMac has to remain on.
The Macs that will do 'serious' work have 802.11n. The G4 iMac and TiPb will have to get by on 802.11g and b respectively.
Can I connect a RAID direct to the iMac (for speed) and the D-Link (for sharing)? How about a MacMini Server (£££ though)?
How should I best re-employ the Time Capsule and external FW/USB drives in the picture?
Any other ideas?
My plan would be to reduce the storage in each individual Mac over time to have a smaller SSD - which will be faster and less battery intensive and hold the data centrally.
My internet is fibre optic delivered; I currently pay for unlimited volume at 10Mbps. It would be good if the iPhones out on the move could access files too.
Any suggestions will be gratefully recieved.