Noob Advice: In car network
Hello... I'm a long time lurker but haven't posted yet. Long story short is that we in our current house have a very large network media server that serves up media to XBMC media centers in many of the rooms of the house. My kids have become accustomed to watching any TV show or movie we have at any time they chose.
Due to a mandatory move, we'll be packing up the house and relocating back to the states, and between a leave location in Europe and the time it will take to drive across the states to my new duty location, my kids will be looking at around 16 days in the car.
I want to set up a mini version of our house setup in the cars (ours and the rental in Europe). the kids both have netbooks, and I currently have a router which supports USB storage (meaning; plug a USB HD into it, and you can stream media from the HD), and I have a 2TB drive plugged into it; and I also have a 2 TB NAS drive. That drive does not need a USB port, but does need an ethernet port.
Question is, what in everyone's opinion, is the best way to create a network solution in my car so the kids can stream media to their laptops? My choices as I see them are: use my current router and a 1TB USB drive; which would require power from the car to run the router, and the router is huge. Another solution is to get one of those really small mini-routers, but they don't seem to have network or USB storage.
Since we are somewhere between Europe and the mid-east, we currently dont have cell phones, and don't know what the newest, coolest cell tech has to order. I have read about 3 and 4G streaming tech, and some of the mobile routers offer 3G support, but thats all I know about it.
Thanks in advance!