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Confused by bytes and bits, please help!

futureal33

Standard Member
Hi all,

I am getting confused between bits, bytes, megabytes and how all of these are important when looking at NAS Drives & Media Streamers.

Ive done the basic maths, and a 10GB MKV movie file = 10,000 MB
Assuming this movie is 2hrs (120 minutes), this works out at 83.33MB/minute
That then works out at 1.388MB/sec

Im really considering getting a Buffalo NAS drive to push content to my Media Centre (WD TV Live) and checking its reviews on here this drive reads at around 30MB/sec.

Assuming I will be using a Gigabit ethernet connection between the drive and my WD TV Live - will this give me any streaming issues?

Gigabit streaming = 1000Mbit/sec = 125MB/sec

So my drive will be performing below the speed of my Gigabit network...

Am I getting overly concerned here, or do I need to think this carefully when buying a NAS to stream 1080p MKV filess to my WD TV Live?

Can anyone help?
 

bubblegum57

Well-known Member
You are being overly concerned.

Network speeds are nowhere near the stated values.

Most media players will play HD without stuttering over a wired network, or home plugs.

HD movies will not play perfectly over a wireless network.
 

futureal33

Standard Member
So pretty much any NAS will have a fast enough read speed to push a 1080p mkv file to a media player over a gigabit wired network?
 

bubblegum57

Well-known Member
Yep
 

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