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server software running off a NAS?

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by richard plumb, Oct 24, 2005.

  1. richard plumb

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    Hi

    I currently have a buffalo linkstation NAS, which I use with Xbox media centre. I'd like to explore other options, especially HD (Xbox not quite up to this)

    Most render boxes seem to need UPnP server software running on the server device. But I can't seem to find any NASes running such software


    Can anyone recommend a NAS with built in UPnP server software, or alternatively a STB that can read directly from a NAS?
     
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    What are you really trying to do?

    The only NAS I know which can be set up to behave the way you indicate is the Linksys NSLU which people have hacked the firmware and basically modified the Linux setup. Then they can reun SlimServer on it to share MP3/AAC etc to Slim Squeeze boxes or Roku Soundbridges.

    It is possible as a very bad hack to install the renderbox client on a PC and then map the NAS drives to this PC. It will then allow the render box to see the files, but...

    Your PC needs to be on and your the data is streamed from the NAS to the PC to the Render box. Not ideal. adn very bad if your network is wireless.

    Cheers

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    what I'm really trying to do is stream content (mostly music and video) from my NAS to a box under my TV. I don't want the PC on 24/7. I'm currently using an Xbox which uses Samba shares, and can therefore access my NAS directly. It is a perfectly usable solution apart from HD. If I start to dabble in this area, then I effectively need a HD-capable XBMC replacement.
     
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    Why are u having trouble with XBMC playing hidef? Whats the problem? :confused:
     
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    well I'm just about to get the hidef kit to output 1080i (most likely). But I've been recommended not to try proper 720p or 1080i files as they can stutter on playback quite a bit (xbox not quite up to it - doddery old thing)

    So I was looking more at the half res stuff (960x540), upscaled to 1080i by the xbox.


    If I wanted proper HD I'd be looking at a separate solution
     
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    Maybe the people that recommended it were talking about wifi performance? If you are gonna have all the kit anyway, why not try it?
     
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    This is exactly what I have just completed, using my Buffalo Linkstation.
    Although I use Twonkymusic uPnP software, streamed to a Roku Soundbridge

    You do need to flash the firmware on the Linkstation and gain Root Access, not too difficult.

    All of the information you need can be got from here.
    http://linkstationwiki.org/

    Pete
     
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    If you wanted stay with the Linkstation then Buffalo do have a HD Wireless Media Player which I believe will connect directly to it's Linkstation products.

    Alternatively here is a NAS with UPnP built in

    http://www.infrant.com/products_ReadyNAS_X6.htm

    available to buy in the UK from here.

    This gets much better reviews than the Buffalo Linkstation products.
     
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    That's £502.90 incVAT and shipping but without any hard drives
    or around £900 including 4x320Gb to give you just under 1TB :eek:
     

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