LeMarchand (20th April 2012)
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.
Last edited by chazzy2501; 19th April 2012 at 09:07 AM.
Seagate blackarmor NAS boxes are way cheap, you can get 2TB 2 bay ones for around $350 here.
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.
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)
LOOQS MeeBox NAS Media Server for £30 + VAT ??
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LeMarchand (30th April 2012)
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