Network Attached Storage (NAS)

The NAS has ample space for bluray and DVD images, video files, lossless stereo and multi-channel audio files and mp3 files.  The NAS allows any multimedia files to be played in any room on TVs, computers and optionally using network media players.


The NAS has 10 4TB hard drives and is connected to our network using 10Gb NICs.  To improve response times the unit has SSD drives caching the hard drive.


The NAS has a Digital Living Network Appliance (DLNA) media server software installed as standard and so video and audio files can be streamed at high speed. 

TV signal distribution

Between two and ten video cables are wired from each room in the house to the attic.  In the rooms, these cables terminate on twin F-Type sockets.  In the attic, the cables terminate with F-Type plugs.  This flexibility allows any of the cables in the attic to be plugged into the RF distribution amplifiers for FreeSat TV, FreeView TV, and VHF FM radio.  We therefore have complete flexibility for the future.

The provision of just a single co-ax socket in a study would be wholly inadequate when I use the following:

  • 1 cable for the VHF FM receiver.
  • 2 cables for the FreeView and FreeSat TV.
  • 2 cables for the FreeSat tuner in my computer (so I can record two channels at one).
  • 1 cable for the FreeView tuner in my computer

Video distribution

Video distribution is carried out solely using digital files on our LAN.  The source of files is the NAS.  In various rooms the video files are played using one or more these methods:

  • Micro-miniature computers running windows and Kodi with the video output going direct to a TV or via a receiver.
  • Network Media Players (NMPs) with the video output going direct to a TV or via a receiver.
  • Direct network connection of the TV to the LAN

DVD and Bluray ISO images

DVD and bluray are a type of video file that cannot be directly played on a TV, so these are played using a local computer or a NMP.


We have a huge collection of CDs that have now been boxed up and most of them have been ripped to mp3 and/or flac audio files.  Our bungalow is split into three Sonos zones and each zone can play either user selectable radio channels or music playlists or files.

One Sonos controller is connected to a power amplifier that I built 30 years ago.

Audio switchingFour core telephone cable runs from each room of the bungalow to a black box. If all toggle switches are in the off position, the 230V mains to the power amplifier is off. If one switch is in the middle position, the power amplifier is switched on.

When any switch is down, the sound is switched through to the loudspeakers in that room.  The volume in the speakers can then be controlled by the red (right) and yellow (left) volume control knobs.

So, how do you switch both 230 volts and stereo audio signals off and on via low voltage telephone cable?.....e-mail me if you would like to know, but THINK about it first.


The lounge is a special case where we have a smart TV with a single HDMI connection to a receiver.  There is an optical connection from the Sonos to the receiver and HDMI connections from:

  • Sony bluray player
  • Lenovo Q90 computer
  • DVDFab NMP
  • FreeSat Tuner (not used now as the TV can receive FreeSat)

Detailed control over the receiver is from an iPhone and iPad app. 

We use a Logitech Harmony remote to select the right inputs and outputs for the TV, receiver, bluray player, NMP, FreeSat tuner and Sonos to turn on and off each entertainment source.

All of the following are connected to our LAN: TV, FreeSat tuner, receiver, Sonos, NMP, and because we only have two LAN sockets in the lounge, we use a network switch to connect all devices.

In the lounge, standing proud of place are a pair of Cambridge Audio R50 transmission line loudspeakers, we also also have center and rear loudspeakers all of which have been tuned to a flat frequency response and constant group delay using the receiver.