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    To make a truly ace media server you should buy an old atom netbook off ebay (even with broken screen) (they normally have an estata socket as well) You can run a linux distro or reinstall windows and use tversity. The netbook will be super low power consuming (approx 5 watts with screen off) and will have it's own battery backup. All for well under a £100.
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    Seagate blackarmor NAS boxes are way cheap, you can get 2TB 2 bay ones for around $350 here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeMarchand View Post
    Is this bad? A 40 minute TV show is around 300MB, so those sort of rates seem OK.
    It's bad in the sense that you are massively bottlenecking your HDD. Modern hard drives have sequential read speeds in the region of 100-160MB/s, but the majority of routers limit the drive to 3-15MB/s depending upon whether they are formatted NTFS or FAT32. It's rare that you get anything better than this.

    Watching videos like the one you describe will most likely be fine, but there isn't a lot of headroom. e.g. multiple users, 720/1080p HD videos.

    If you are considering a router, I would check the reviews on SmallNetBuilder first to make sure you don't get a lemon. As you can see below, Netgear and Linksys routers are atrocious IMO. The only good one is the E4200v2, but even then you won't get the kinds of speeds you normally get from a NAS. I typically get 85-100MB/s with my HP Microserver running WHS 2011.




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    I can run 2 1080p MKVs with DTS sound at the same time and I have 7 HDDs plugged into 1 USB Hub. I'd not worry about it until you need to shift large amount of data between drives. (even then you don't have to stare at it)

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazzy2501 View Post
    To make a truly ace media server you should buy an old atom netbook off ebay (even with broken screen) (they normally have an estata socket as well) You can run a linux distro or reinstall windows and use tversity. The netbook will be super low power consuming (approx 5 watts with screen off) and will have it's own battery backup. All for well under a £100.
    Not thought of that, thank you. Like the low-power bit.

    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post
    Seagate blackarmor NAS boxes are way cheap, you can get 2TB 2 bay ones for around $350 here.
    Slightly over budget here, but possibly do-able. I think the NAS route is where I'm headed; a lot of them seem to support DLNA for the TV and have some sort of web interface for other devices.

    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    It's bad in the sense that you are massively bottlenecking your HDD. Modern hard drives have sequential read speeds in the region of 100-160MB/s, but the majority of routers limit the drive to 3-15MB/s depending upon whether they are formatted NTFS or FAT32. It's rare that you get anything better than this.
    Thanks for explaining this. I don't think it's likely to become a multi-user scenario, but I guess it's one of those things where it would be annoying if once it was all set up it got more use than it could handle.

    Quote Originally Posted by chazzy2501 View Post
    I can run 2 1080p MKVs with DTS sound at the same time and I have 7 HDDs plugged into 1 USB Hub. I'd not worry about it until you need to shift large amount of data between drives. (even then you don't have to stare at it)
    ...and thanks for this, too.

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    LOOQS MeeBox NAS Media Server for £30 + VAT ??
    Aria.co.uk Quickcode: 49178

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    Quote Originally Posted by tumbleweed View Post
    LOOQS MeeBox NAS Media Server for £30 + VAT ??
    Aria.co.uk Quickcode: 49178
    Thanks! Looks a bit more acceptable to the other half than similar devices. The reviews aren't overly flattering, but possibly worth a punt at that price. Must check if it will talk to my TV...



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