Hello all. I'm looking to add a NAS to my network for the purpose of centralizing my movie and music collection. I would also like to use it with my Mac for Time Machine backups, hence, why I need AFP support. My network consists of a couple of PCs that will be connected via ethernet cable, a couple of Mac laptops connected via wifi, and a PS3 that'll likely be connected via wifi. I plan on purchasing a wireless draft n router with gigabit ethernet soon too.
This is what I'll require:
SMB/CIFS (for Windows PCs)
AFP support (for time machine backups)
RAID 1 (for redundancy)
iTunes streaming (not required but I would love to have the option)
print server (one monochrome laser printer)
low energy footprint
price cap of $350 (without drives)
I've considered going with a store-bought solution like the Synology 207+ or a ReadyNAS Duo but I'm not so sure about the performance. I don't want things to be painfully slow to the point that I have to go out to lunch while I wait for files to copy to and from.
I've also thought about using my secondary PC as a FreeNAS box as long as it's not a pain to install and administer. I've thought about Windows Home Server but since it doesn't support AFP, it's a no go. Here are the specs of the hardware I have available:
1.8GHz Intel e4300 C2D
2 x 512MB DDR2 800 Buffalo Firestix
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 rev 2.0
Antec Sonata II case (with stock SmartPower 2.0 450W ATX12V v2.01 power supply)
Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 80GB ATA/133 HDD (for OS)
2 x 1.5TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 SATA ST31500341AS (flashed to SD1A fw)
I would love to go with the DIY option as I know that will provide more performance but I know it will be more work than the store bought solution. If i do go with the DIY solution, what additional hardware will I need to bring me up to speed? I would also like to know what OS to use and what add-ons I'll need to install to provide the media functionality?
Thanks very much in advance for helping this NAS noob.