Three external drives and one on the way. One printer and two laptops. No way to keep everybody hooked up to everybody else. Need a home network. Rats. Shouldn’t have sold that old laptop. Buy an old junker computer for $40. Make a Linux file server to hook the external drives to the home network. 7 year old router craps out. Buy a new one (Apple Airport Extreme Base Station) with Ethernet switching hub and a USB port. Leave the Linux/3 external drive network down except for housekeeping. New hardrive into router’s USB. Backup always available. No muss no fuss. At least I’ve had a chance to play with Linux a bit (the Ubuntu distro for the initiated).