I am planning on getting a NAS primarily with the intention of multimedia streaming between my PC that I built with help from guys on this forum, (specs in my profile) my laptop (Gateway Intel core i3, 8GB RAM) and my DLNA devices (PS3, X Box 360, Yamaha RX-V671 Network Receiver)!
I have a collection of over 200 DVD's (which I'm planning on ripping to the drive and around 50 Blu-Ray's which is also being ripped) , close to 20 GB of music and around 20 GB for photographs and some home video! This should be sufficient for some time! (I hope)
My router is the Netgear Rangemax N - it is a Gigabit router as advertised, the LAN port on my ASUS mother board is also Gigabit supported and is powered by Intel® Gigabit LAN.
First question I have is:
1) What do I need to to do to ensure I am effectively utilizing the Gigabit transfer speeds? Do I need any fancy equipment, a better router or cables???
2) What is the best NAS recommendation you guys have for my need, I would rather not have BYOD NAS systems, any NAS with built in storage would be great - Capacity wise the more the merrier considering all the digital media storage space this would take?
3) Do i really need a USB 3.0 port on my NAS device, I have a WD My Book Essential 3 TB external drive, which I might return depending on the NAS device capacity - do you recommend keeping to back up the NAS or should I just return it?
4) Does the ripped files have to be in a specific format for DLNA playaback, if so then what would be the best format for PS3 and XBox 360 playback?
Please help - I'm kinda confused researching the NAS systems?