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Having recently resuscitated a fallen Core 2 Quad computer for use as our home theatre computer, i have also decided to turn my 'work-at-home' desktop into our editing/home theatre library. I confiscated an Areca RAID controller from work (my company anyways) to facilitate this, and i would like a bit of input on this setup. And yes we do back up regularly and use the Blu Ray drives as Blu Ray players and players. All 3 rooms have HDTV's. Not all are (currently) connected to the computers and windows media centre.

All machines have individual 802.11n USB cards for networking and run Windows 7 64 bit. All are connected to the internet via ethernet. I want to reorganize things and centralize all the media onto one machine, but i do not want buggy or slow media access. I have almost 4 terabytes of photos i have taken (DSLR photographer) over the years. One of the Gateways i had bought used as a guest computer, the other was a used gift from a friend. ALL RAID hard drives have at lease one physical spare drive disconnected, and are all identical hard disk models per RAID configuration per system.

I have a connection for audio equipment and mildly used PC components, so as long as something isnt just released i get a sizeable discount. I have copied the system specs from my personal detailed files so they may have some irrelevant info.

System 1 (our bedroom, personal computer)
Q6600 at 2.4Ghz stock cooling
Intel G33 Mobo (Gateway GM5478)
8GB RAM 800Mhz
Intel X25M 80GB SSD (boot/OS/installs)
4x80GB (2.5" laptop HDD's) in RAID 10 for music, movies, etc with 2 spares
nVidia GeForce 9800GTX+ OC 1GB DDR3
Pioneer BDR-205 Blu Ray burner
Avermedia m791 ATSC/NTSC recorder
Twin 19" LG 1440x900 LCD monitors
Apevia Aqua 750 watt PSU (blue)
Antec 2200 RPM intake fan 120MM (blue)
Integrated 7.1 HD audio
660 Watt 6.1 channel receiver with 250 Watt active JBL subwoofer


System 2 (living room, guest computer, mild gaming)
Phenom 9600 @ 2.3 Ghz stock cooling
nForce 430 AM2 motherboard (Gateway FX7020)
4GB RAM @ 800Mhz
Intel X25M 80GB SSD (boot/OS/installs)
2x80GB (2.5" laptop HDD's) in RAID 1 (faster reads) for media (2 spares too)
ATi Radeon HD 5770 1GB DDR5
Pioneer BDR-206 Blu Ray burner
Avermedia m791 ATSC/NTSC recorder
LG 23.5 1920x1080 LED LCD monitor
Apevia Aqua 750 watt PSU (blue)
Antec 2200 RPM intake fan 120MM (blue)
integrated 7.1 HD audio
660 Watt 6.1 Channel Sony Receiver with 250 Watt active JBL subwoofer

System 3 (work-at-home PC, office, mild gaming)
Core i7 950 @ 3.7Ghz or 4.3 Ghz
Corsair H50 with twin 140mm fans (push/pull)
Asus Rampage III Gene
12GB RAM @ 1500Mhz 8-8-8-20
2x Intel X25M 120GB SSD in RAID 0 (boot/OS/installs)
8x500GB (6+2 hot spare) RAID5 on Areca 1220 RAID controller PCIEx4 ---externally housed, with separate power supply, Samsung F3
Galaxy Razor GTX 460 1GB DDR5 single slot (second unit coming this week)
Pioneer BDR-206MBK BD-XL burner
Pioneer BDR-206 Blu Ray burner
Scythe Kaze Master Ace 4ch fan controller
Twin LG 23.5 1920x1080 LED LCD monitors
Apevia Aqua 750 Watt PSU (blue)
Cooler Master HAF 932 (Blue LED lit) PC case
120MM IOH/120MM ICH 1600RPM fans (blue) because the chipsets on my ---Rampage III Gene average 54c without cooling at idle
Integrated 7.1 HD audio
Sony 770 Watt 7.1 channel receiver w/250 Watt active JBL subwoofer
Epson R380 (shared) printer/CD/DVD/BD printer
Epson R1900 printer/CD/DVD/BD printer

I have the room in System 3 to install 4x 2TB drives internally in RAID5 to back up all the media in all 3 PC's (System 3's RAID5 has 2 hot spares so im not worried) on System 3's onboard ICH10R RAID (of which i have only used the two SATA III ports and two SATA II ports for the BD drives), but how the heck do i set up a backup via WiFi, or do i have to do so via ethernet networking? i have no problem doing this; i have all the components anyways and i could easily set them up as a private network via ethernet and connect to the internet wirelessly which would at least be 100Mbps rather than 54 via 'n' wireless adapters which i already have. I just cant seem to find a source for setting backups via wireless that works.

All the PC wireless adapters (3) are Cisco AE1000 802.11n USB 2.0 adapters and the wireless router is a Cisco WRT120N adapter. Ethernet is via onboard ethernet controllers (10/100mbps, 10/100Mbps, 10/100/1000Mbps respectively running at 100Mbps). System 3 is the only machine with open SATA II ports and physical space for more HDD's, even if its the Intel RAID controller. System 3 is also almost always on when we are home; the other two are only on or in S3 when needed.
Work PC
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 980x Rampage III Gene GTX660 24GB Kingston HyperX 9/9/9/24 1600Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Vertex 2 120GB Areca 1222 with 8 Samsung HM500JJ Pioneer BDR-206BK/DVD-RW Lots of fans 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 x64 ACER 2560x1440P IPS LED LCD Microsoft and CS6 Editing keyboards EVGA 850w PSU 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
HAF 932 (Black/Blue) generic generic Built in 7.1 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 980x Rampage III Gene GTX660 24GB Kingston HyperX 9/9/9/24 1600Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Vertex 2 120GB Areca 1222 with 8 Samsung HM500JJ Pioneer BDR-206BK/DVD-RW Lots of fans 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 x64 ACER 2560x1440P IPS LED LCD Microsoft and CS6 Editing keyboards EVGA 850w PSU 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
HAF 932 (Black/Blue) generic generic Built in 7.1 
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All machines have individual 802.11n USB cards for networking and run Windows 7 64 bit. All are connected to the internet via ethernet.
This is confusing. Are they connected via Ethernet or 802.11n? Or do you mean that you have a cable modem which connects via Ethernet to your wireless router, and that your router connects up all the machines in the house via 802.11n?

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I have the room in System 3 to install 4x 2TB drives internally in RAID5 to back up all the media in all 3 PC's (System 3's RAID5 has 2 hot spares so im not worried) on System 3's onboard ICH10R RAID (of which i have only used the two SATA III ports and two SATA II ports for the BD drives), but how the heck do i set up a backup via WiFi, or do i have to do so via ethernet networking?
Since your network is using IP, it doesn't matter if the physical network is Ethernet or 802.11n. Make sure the machine designated as the back up server has a fixed IP address (i.e. not allocated via DHCP). Either that or tell your router to allocate that particular machine the same IP address forever.

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i have no problem doing this; i have all the components anyways and i could easily set them up as a private network via ethernet and connect to the internet wirelessly which would at least be 100Mbps rather than 54 via 'n' wireless adapters which i already have.
If you're going to connect up your machines via Ethernet, 802.11n or any wireless network would be pointless, except for mobile devices such as tablets, laptops and smartphones. Additionally, your PCs probably have 1Gb Ethernet ports. If your router also has 1Gb Ethernet, you're sorted. If not, go buy a 1Gb switch - it'll make your whole network 1Gb and speed up file transfers no end.

Finally, 802.11n is rated at 300Mb/sec and 150Mb/sec. In reality, that's 150Mb/sec and 75Mb/sec. 802.11g is 54Mb/sec, which is basically 36Mb/sec if you're lucky, and 22Mb/sec if you're normal.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Ryzen 7 1700 Gigabyte GA-AB350M Gaming 3 Palit GT-430 Corsair Vengeance LPX CMK16GX4M2B3000C15 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 850 EVO AMD Wraith Spire Linux Mint 18.x Dell UltraSharp U2414H 
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Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 850 EVO AMD Wraith Spire Linux Mint 18.x Dell UltraSharp U2414H 
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