Or in the case of Daryl Plummer, go big AT home. Daryl's the Gartner research chief I mentioned in a previous post. I think its fair to say he has a seriously (the ultimate?) digital home. Here's the more detailed overview of his not-so-humble abode:
14 broadcast display devices, 13 zones of security, 17 zones of automation, 384 active relays, 6 internal cable channels, 5 wireless networks, 1.2 TBs of storage, 11 PCs and Servers (he'll be trying out Windows Home Server soon), 10-seat HD theater, 400 disc DVD changer, 2 digital movie servers, 4 zones of wireless music, 4 DVRs, IPTV access, DSL/Cable/Satellite, 1200 songs, 3 online gaming systems, 1 Media Center PC, 2 RF remote networks, 2 Xbox media extenders, 7 surveillance cameras,1 digital drum kit, ethernet throughout.
So, the question is...anyone out there with a comparable set up? Even if yours doesn't match up - after all its Daryl's job to be a digital home expert - we'd be interested to know how tech'd out your crib is.
Nothing like Daryl, but here goes:
- HP Vista Home Premium Media Centre 1 Tb (sitting room)
- Samsung 40" LE40M86BD LCD 1080p
- XBox 360 with add-on HD-DVD payer
- Vista Ultimate Media Centre 800Gb (den)
- Vista Ultimate PC 800Gb (boys)
- Windows XP Pro PC 120Gb (girls)
- XBox (original)
- Sony PSP
- Nintendo DS Lite
- HP iPaq Voice Messenger 514
- Windows Home Server in the attic (2 Tb)
- Buffalo TeraStation Pro NAS box in the attic (2 Tb)
- NetGear Gb switch for wired PCs on second floor
- Devolo PowerLAN 200Mb LAN devices for PCs on first floor and connection to Gb switch
- Samsung Q1 SSD UMPC for wireless browsing
- 2 Cisco 7960G IP desk phones
- Cisco ATA 188 (PSTN to IP phone adaptor)
- HP Wireless Colour Deskjet 6840
- Netgear WGR613V Wired/802.11g/VoIP cable router
7 surveilance cameras? DOes he live in the playboy mansion? You could cover my house and all the neighbours with 7 cameras! :)
eeesh. i'm all for a digital home - but that sounds like a bit much for me.
i'm happy with a couple of laptops, a soon-to-be Home Server, some speakers, a DVD player, a Netflix subscription and one big Plasma TV.
then again, i actually like to go outside.
I have to say the concept of the home server sounds great unfortunately I haven't had time to try it out. Clearly based on my current storage situation I am the target audience.
FreeBSD embedded firewall
Remote Desktop Server (win2k3) in Attic
Mac Laptop (60GB)
Mac Desktop (160 GB)
Tablet WinXP in living room (40GB)
Laptop WinXP (80GB)
2 WinXP desktops (External Drives total 550GB) (Internal 1TB)
Sony 36" 1080I "classic" TV
3 Nintendo DS's
2 Tivo boxes (attached to network)
MAME Machine (attached to network)
NAS Box 250GB
3 wireless routers (2 of them in bridging mode)
Ethernet in a couple of specific locations through out the house. ( More connections get added as we do more remodeling.)
My title at home is "The Administrator".
While not nearly as geek'd out as the previous posters. I like to think my more modest setup is geared toward the more "average joe."
1. Windows XP Home Laptop - Pentium M 1.5ghz, 768MB Ram, 80gig HD, 4X DVD Burner - Wireless Connection
2. Windows Vista Ultimate Laptop - 2.0Ghz AMD Sempron, 1024MB Ram, 80GB HD, DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive - Wireless Connection
3. Windows XP Media Center 2005 Desktop - 2.66ghz Pentium D, 2048MB Ram, 160GB Primary + 250GB Secondary HD's, 16X DVD Burner, TV Tuner - Ethernet
4. Windows XP Media Center 2005 Desktop - 3.33GHZ Celeron, 2048MB Ram, 250GB Hard Drive, 4X DVD Burner - Ethernet
5. Windows Home Server - 2.26GHZ Celeron, 1024MB Ram, 2x 500GB HDs, NO CD OR DVD. (It was removed once WHS was installed. I saw no need.)
6. Verizon 3MB DSL w/Actiontec Router/Wireless gateway.
7. Standard Sony CRT 27inch Television w/PS2.
This equipment is shared by 3 roommates. Our media was stored every which way from sunday. Try as i might I couldn't keep track of where everything was. One roommate would just copy the files from the main desktop in the living room and we wound up with atleast 3 copies of each movie, piece of music, or picture. It was a nightmare. I beleive this is more of the common setup the "non-technical" home woulds have. I see all these wonderful setups in the comments. Tech'd out by your standards or not. This setup serves us well. Bless you WHS team. For making one persons media alot more organized.
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4 TVs (all high definition), 4 Xbox 360s (which act as Media Center Extenders), 3 Roku Soundbridges, 5 PCs and Laptops (all running Vista Business or Vista Ultimate), 1 Server running SBS 2003, 1 server running Vista Media Center with dual CableCard tuners and 2 ATSC tuners, Servers have 1.75 TBs of storage (1TB via Drobo attached to SBS box), wireless network, 9 zones of security, 18 zones of lighting (controlled from SBS server), all connected via 17 nodes of ethernet (via structured wiring), sundry printers, portable devices and computer peripherals.