Other than reorganizing computers a bit, I've had things on hold over the holiday. I did swap my old Mac Mini 2.4 gHz core 2 duo with Mac OS 10.7 server with my newer I5 1.8 gHz running 10.14, the old one can't run current Chrome and is getting pretty slow for anything. I don't need the server OS version anymore and the old 5 tb USB drives it has are problematical.
Going though my stash I found my old Dell Poweredge 2650 3U server sitting unused. It has ESXI on it but only 18 gb of SAS drives so not a whole lot of use. Checking Amazon I can pick up new 4 tb drives for $109 with Dell hot swap sleds. I'm going to pickup 5x new 4 tb drives soon then load FreeNAS up on it. That will give me a 16 tb ZFS Raid 5, I can then consolidate my Raspberry PI OpenMediaVault Plex/NAS and the old Apple Server from the Mini into a more reliable and faster single server. I would much rather have Enterprise class drives in the server than a dozen external USB and Firewire drives sitting around. Since my gateway/router has 10/100 Ethernet I've just been running a series of 5 port 10/100 Netgear switches to serve my 3 network clusters; bedroom, den, living room. Got an 8 port 10/100/1000 switch for xmas, and have 3x 5 port 10/100/1000 switches arriving sunday to replace the 10/100 switches. The Dell server has 2x gigaports, so I'll aggregate them in FreeNAS, then all my new machines have gigaports so I should be able to have enough bandwidth on the server to handle multiple file copies/plex streams.