Thanks and quick followup...
Thanks for the quick response!
For a router to issue LAN DHCP addresses to clients, I should be able to power up the router, connect an Ethernet cord to it from a laptop, plug in the HTTP address for the controls and never even connect to the internet Ever? Any tricky settings I should be ready to do to issue LAN DHCP addresses to clients?
So encryption doesn't slow traffic down much and is the same thing as having your network WEP password protected, etc. And for added protection, I can look for a router with MAC Address Filtering capability.
Preventing physical access to PC/wiring/router is not an issue...mostly worried about network weakness via internet and wireless sources.
As far as using shared folders on a PC...if i turned my PC into a server, would that help streaming speed, file management, etc? I have an older dual processor PC with 5 hot-swap hard-drive bays...sounds like a waste of money paying for a 4 bay NAS with an Atom processor that is similar in power to my PC (albeit much smaller and sleeker). Just hoping my PC can do the same thing.
A NAS is a viable option...but again, it would have to be ok living on a network not connected to the internet. So I get a nice multi-bay NAS, stick some 2TB hard-drives in it and connect it to a router via an Eithernet cable...no internet required?