I have 4TB+ of movies on two WD external hard drives. These are plugged into my iMac, which is linked to all rooms of the house via a 24 port gigabit switch (Cat6 cable run through out) I also have AppleTVs in each room. Smart TVs, SKY and Xbox are all connected via Ethernet and phones, laptops and tablets use the wifi. I currently use iTunes/appleTV to stream the movies in the house and have Plex for when I'm out and about.
Is this the best way to store/stream these movies? Obviously money is an object...
I have just renovated my office and am looking for the best solutions.
I am a big fan of the WD Black drives - in my HTPC setup I debated on NAS or installing the drives internally on my HTPC. I decided on internal drives, and I stream to 4 PC's, 2 phones and 1 tablet without issues.
The advantage of the NAS is you won't slow down the PC hosting the drives - the disadvantage would be the investment of $200 - $500 (or more) for a NAS appliance.
Obviously you need to turn on the Mac to get it working. As i can see you are networking everything so NAS would be a better option imo.
Very true, the Mac has to be on 24/7 and iTunes running. Which isn't very green as I don't need it on all that time other than when I may want to watch a film etc. but don't want to constantly run upstairs and switch it on when I do. NAS seems to be the best option. Specially as I can increase the drive size as my collection grows.