Trying to work out the details of a new music player / file server to replace my aging headless unit. Current remote PC set up for multi-room audio as follows:
Old PII 366 accessed through remote desktop on laptop
audio output run to multi-room receiver
I would like to upgrade & increase storage space as well as reliability. I am looking to keep the $$ reasonable & do not need to have the absolute fastest out there. I believe I can tackle a hardware raid 5 array with 4 x 500gb SATA without much of a problem, but I am unsure of how to handle my remote music player & am looking for advice. I'm planning on retiring the existing PC because of power draw & old (real old) hardware.
1) Should I expect trouble by running music player on remote file server?
2) should I run OS, remote applications on separate hdd from raid file storage?
3) other recommendations / experience?
Provides RAID storage with X-RAID a proprietary RAID format that allows hot swapping and auto rebuild capability. Yank a drive out stick in a replacement or even bigger one and system rebuilds itself. Of course usable space is limited to multiple smallest drive size. Well why would you do that ? By the time you add drives, your original size may no longer be available. Cost ya about $999 with twin 500 GB Seagate 7200.11's Ya just missed a newegg special where they threw in a 3rd 500 GB drive for free (expired January 31st).
The Infrant Forums are well staffed and pretty responsive.
Netgear bought Infrant BTW, this past summer and as a result has come up with this beauty. No one else has announced anythiung quite like it in this price range. Be the 1st on your block to get one but be quick, these things gonna be everywhere soon. It's basically a 2 disk version of the NV+.
X-RAID Hot Swappable drives
All files accessible through internet
Supports most network music and video players
embedded bit torrent client
3 USB ports
Supports Windows / Mac / Linux / Unix
* DLNA Compatible UPnP AV
* Logitech SqueezeCenter
* Sonos Digital Music Center
* Network DVD player compatible
* Windows MCE compatible
* Sony Playstation 3
* Microsoft Xbox 360
Integrated Backup Manager
Tiny 5.60 x 3.98 x 8.70 in
Reported MSRP of about $500 w/ one 500 GB drive.....so figure under $600 with two drives "street price".
I have the NV+ and the three kids all have their iTunes music stored on it. The youngest is 12 and he set it up on his own, as did the 16 and 17 year olds. All I did was run the initial software to make the network connection to their machines. From my box (via Firefox) I set up the user accounts an permissions.
I've been looking at all the NAS products out there on the market & have been real tempted to go that route, if it weren't for one important factor, I use my pc as my music player. It does not serve music to a standalone media player, but rather is the player. I run it like this so I can access it via remote desktop on the laptop from the kitchen & do not have to run downstairs to the receiver.
Also, I figure I can put together a system for less than what it would run to buy the readyNAS & have more flexibility as well.
Do you have any experience with the digital media players out there?