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    Is there such a thing as a sub 100 box that will...

    ...act as a wired/wireless NAS/DLNA media server? If so, what terms should I be searching under?

    In greater detail, I currently have a load of video, music and pictures on an external e-SATA drive attached to my computer. I can access these files when the computer is on via various means: ORB on PDA, DLNA on TV (via ethernet), Subsonic on tablet. What I'd like to do is to be able to cut the computer out of the equation as Mme LeMarchand doesn't like it being left on overnight and I occasionally like to be able to watch a stored movie in bed.

    I know I could set up a dedicated small server, but the "box" needs to be something that's quite small and unobtrusive. As it's not something that would be used that often (I could always plan ahead and stuff something on the tablet) I don't really want to pay too much, either.

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    This looks intriguing. If anyone has one, please post a quick review!

    7dayshop.com - Online Store

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    HP Microserver?

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    How about a hacked Livebox. Should be able to get one for under 20.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jinnantonnixx View Post
    This looks intriguing. If anyone has one, please post a quick review!

    7dayshop.com - Online Store
    I'm intrigued, but they saw through my fake details to create an account.

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    HP Microserver?
    Bit more than 100, but worth considering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeMarchand View Post
    I'm intrigued, but they saw through my fake details to create an account.



    Bit more than 100, but worth considering.
    Ah are they not doing the 100 cashback plus your thinking Inc vat which i didn't think about!

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    Or , no hacking required, something like a Netgear DGND3700

    review.
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    They're about as hard to get as unicorn poo but the Raspberry-Pi would make a great micro server (I should get mine this weekend!)

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    Some router like the Thomson 585n v2 have the ability to share a Hard disk.

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    Ebuyer has a few of these Sumvision Cyclone Android media player things. This one has a couple of reviews: Sumvision Cyclone Nano Android Media Player | Ebuyer.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcstru View Post
    How about a hacked Livebox. Should be able to get one for under 20.
    Quote Originally Posted by LosOjos View Post
    They're about as hard to get as unicorn poo but the Raspberry-Pi would make a great micro server (I should get mine this weekend!)
    Too complicated for me!

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    Or , no hacking required, something like a Netgear DGND3700
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    Some router like the Thomson 585n v2 have the ability to share a Hard disk.
    Didn't know routers could do that! I will take a look.

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    Ebuyer has a few of these Sumvision Cyclone Android media player things. This one has a couple of reviews: Sumvision Cyclone Nano Android Media Player | Ebuyer.com
    That looks pretty good. Has anyone seen anything similar where you can mount a drive inside the box?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicholab View Post
    Some router like the Thomson 585n v2 have the ability to share a Hard disk.
    The only problem with attaching a HDD to a router is the transfer speeds will be pathetically slow (typically < 15MB/s).

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    There are a number of things that can do this i personaly use an NSLU2 running twonkyvision.

    Or you can like i am doing at the moment get yourself a Raspberry Pi and do the same thing with mem card should cost you less than 50

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    Would a 2 bay QNAP nas hooked into a wireless router or a switch with a wireless access point do the trick ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    The only problem with attaching a HDD to a router is the transfer speeds will be pathetically slow (typically < 15MB/s).
    Is this bad? A 40 minute TV show is around 300MB, so those sort of rates see OK. Or is my maths wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by Marc-Engineer View Post
    There are a number of things that can do this i personaly use an NSLU2 running twonkyvision.

    Or you can like i am doing at the moment get yourself a Raspberry Pi and do the same thing with mem card should cost you less than 50

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    First one looks interesting, if complex. The second is probably more work than I have time for at present.

    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    Would a 2 bay QNAP nas hooked into a wireless router or a switch with a wireless access point do the trick ?
    Possibly a bit expensive, though it did lead me on to other reasonably priced NAS enclosures. Is there a reason for 2 bays?

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