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Network storage for media

by InStyle76 / October 9, 2004 11:30 AM PDT

I'm looking for an external device that would allow me to
store several hundred GB of media files in a network
accessible location. Something w/ a USB/Firewire port would
be nice for quick file transfer rates. I'm not so picky on
that though. Anything that will stream decently over the LAN
to at least 2 computers would be good.

Would you guys suggest NAS solution or an external hard drive
w/ an ethernet bridge? If the latter, what type of bridges
are available? Also, would an internal drive used with an
enclosure work?

Lastly, I was also thinking about getting one of those media
players that stream files to your home theater via the LAN.
Any idea if this would still work in this situation, or does
it require a computer to run software and can only stream
locally-stored media?

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Network storage for media
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 9, 2004 11:36 AM PDT

For years I've used "headless PCs" for such. The lowlyless of PC's with 64 to some megabytes of RAM and any Linux does this just fine.

Of course if you want it to say NAS, just stencil it on the box...


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Re: Network storage for media
by InStyle76 / October 9, 2004 12:09 PM PDT

Hmm... I have an old P2-266 laying around. I think it has Win98SE on it, a NIC, and a crappy 20GB HD. What would I have to upgrade to get it up to spec?

* Bigger HD of course
* OS? What's the biggest HD Win98 can handle?
* USB2/Firewire PCI card for transfering media onto an mp3 player?

Lastly how much would it lag if I streamed a movie file to 2 different computers?

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Re: Network storage for media
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 9, 2004 12:17 PM PDT

Windows 98 stops at 127GB due to some limit you can research. Linux keeps going and going...

I don't think you've need to upgrade to test it out.

On a wired 100BT network, the server we have runs to 10 clients at once with no issue. But we have a switching hub and we use linux. Could make a small difference, but it's some box like you see at

You should try this with zero dollar outlay to see if you can make it go?


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