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NAS Solution

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Equipment' started by airpolgas, May 28, 2009.

  1. airpolgas

    airpolgas Godfather

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    I was going to post in the "Gadget" section, but I thought it will be more appropriate here.

    I want to be able to serve up my videos, music, and photos from one location (IP Address). I want to be able to get to them via:

    PS3, Xbox 360, Kuro (151FD)

    1) Do I need a dedicated NAS, or can I just make a Windows box and share a huge hard drive with all my media in it?

    2) Is there a particular file format or codec that I should convert all my videos to so that all 3 units can play them?

    Can you share your setup if you have something similar? Thanks.
     
  2. phat78boy

    phat78boy Hall Of Fame

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    If you have any computers running a Microsoft OS, I would recommend a Windows Home Server. Its been one of my most useful tech purchases to date. It is very quiet and very small. Almost all of them have 4 SATA bays and can easily attach a SATA RAID via the eSATA port on the back. This pretty makes any storage problems a non-factor. The WHS will also back up any computer you put the client software on, which is nice if you have several Microsoft computers.

    The most common file that is easily playable on all the devices you listed is AVI. HD media files are a different beast. I currently use the MKV format for ripping my HD-DVD and Blu-Ray discs. This works fine on my NMT's, but the PS3 and Xbox won't play them unless you have TVersity setup.

    Update: It appears I was wrong about the AVI for all 3 boxes, it looks like WMV is your best bet. Unless there is a firmware update I'm unaware of, it looks like the Kuro will only play AVI files if you change the extention to M4V. I haven't tried it, but don't think this will work for the Xbox and PS3.
     
  3. airpolgas

    airpolgas Godfather

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    Is the Home Server OS available for stand-alone purchase? (It shows as "deactivated" on Newegg)

    I just bought the Kuro and the 360 within the last 3 weeks, so I can't spring another $500 for another box. Not putting down the suggestion or anything, I just thought I'd find a "free" solution using the computers I already have.
     
  4. airpolgas

    airpolgas Godfather

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    I guess I can let go of #2. If it does not play on one, then it will probably play on the other two.
     
  5. phat78boy

    phat78boy Hall Of Fame

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    You can still purchase WHS software on several sites. Amazon and Tigerdirect still have it listed for purchase.

    I was suggesting using a WHS as you can find the WHS servers for pretty much the same price as comparable NAS devices and they do so much more. My only issue with using a dedicated computer is if it is used by people in the house hold, it could impact playback and cause other issues while someone is on it.
     
  6. dave29

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    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116550
     
  7. dave29

    dave29 New Member

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    BTW, I have a WHS machine that I built and it is the best money that I have ever spent on electronics.
     
  8. airpolgas

    airpolgas Godfather

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    $99 sure is better than $500. Thanks.

    No worries, phat78boy. My WHS server will be stand-alone and won't be used as a workstation.
     

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