My reasoning for this - not so much about wireless
This 'seems' like a total no-brainer. Here's my situation...
I have multiple wired media centers in my house - all wired, all CAT-5/6 to an patch panel in my utility room where i have a Netgear (the blue one) programmable 16 port Gigabit switch. This runs to my office where my wireless router resides. Right now I have a Windows Home Server connected to it (which has outgrown it's usefulness - single core/not enough to stream media anymore so it's just file storage w/no RAID capabilities > only basic JBOD).
What I would LOVE to see is someone come out with a wireless router with eSATA connector with a RAID chipset built in. The cost of these full NAS systems are ridiculous (talking to you Buffalo, etc) and what you REALLY get in those isn't exactly worth the money considering the low, low cost of basic RAID cards.
My scenario - the wireless router should support up to at least 4 drives (preferably much more) through eSata port replication. Then you just buy a cheap/simple 4-8 bay eSata enclosure for like $100-200 then plug in drives and create your array through the wireless router. Full RAID 5 for example w/hot swap capabilities. It's soooo possible and would be nothing for Netgear, Belkin, Linksys/Cisco to create. Bang for your buck. Even if it jacks up the price of the router $50-75 and the enclosure is $100 for 4 drives you're already at < $200 for EXACTLY what the DROBO/Buffalo drives give you. Then you share the files (media) and expose it via DNLA (only list/not streaming) for your media players to discover & pull down > SMB shares would be fine too. This would be available wired 'and' wireless.
I'll tell you - I have SMB shares and encoded 2000kbps (med quality) videos are pulled down and stream just fine on every media player I have via WIFI (N+/AC) but where the bang for the buck with this is the WIRED connectivity.
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