I am in the process of remodelling my house and adding an extension in the process. Whilst at it, I thought I would network the place up to do the following 1. Centrally store my DVDs and CDs and enable me to play them from a number of rooms 2. Access the internet and email from a number of rooms 3. Remove the usual boxes from under the TV (e.g. Video, Set top box, Sky etc) to another location and enable these to be "broadcast" to the other rooms 4. Some home automation e.g. adjust the heating, set the alarm etc 5. A security and fire alarm.
To be honest, this is all a bit of a wish list (not sure the wife will go for all this!!) but thought if I could do the wiring ready then I could venture into these things one by one.
Has anyone come across any good websites (or experience) which go through what the options are (e.g. MS Windows based or proprietary) and how to go about designing it? I have a PC background so have always thought that the flexibility you would get with that would be more future proof and will need at least 2 PCs in the house anyway so why not use them. However if media centre is anything to go by, maybe this isn't a great solution???
Any help you can give wil be greatly appreciated.