I guess for the future, I should start learning about NAS devices and running media servers on them because eventually I want to rip all my movie discs and have them ready to stream. 1st world problems for sure.
I ended up with a dedicated home server. Meaning it's not my router or my wireless access point. It has a 2TB spinning disk and a 1TB flash disk.
At present, it's only using about 1.5TB, with 3,300 videos and 1,100 songs taking up most of the storage. My entire audio CD, video DVD & Blu-ray
are on it. When I moved the videos off my DVDs & Blu-rays, I used Roku friendly h.264 AVC, with AAC + AC-3 audio in a MP4 container. Works
great. No stream time transcoding needed.
Many people with large DVD + Blu-ray collections are starting to use home media servers. Some advice. Determine what software features you
want, that may help decide what hardware will work. (Stream time transcoding requires more horse power than simple file serving...)