The first step in deciding where to start building your home media system and network is the user interface. Why here because the hardest thing to change is how you watch TV. That is, most people do not want to use a keyboard, mouse and computer as their interface. We all have gotten used to a remote in your hand, a TV guide, and of course, recording capability.
So how do you replace your cable box with something else that gives you the same capabilities? There are so many options that include apple TV and Roku. I chose the Roku because it offered the most flexibility compared to other interfaces. The ability to hook up to Plex and XBMC media servers offers you maximum capability to view TV shows and movies while its wireless capabilities give you the flexibility to watch TV in any room of your house.
The website offers a great guide to media servers which I will discuss next time.