I've got ALL the devices EXCEPT for the device I NEED.
October 28, 2011 10:58 AM Subscribe
I need an ultra-low-power home server/media hub. Cheap is good. Suggestions?
posted by TomMelee to Computers & Internet (21 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
Currently I use a massive rig for automated TV/movie downloading with sabnzbd/sickbeard/some other stuff. This is not ideal. It streams to a WDTV live.
I just, for fun, moved sickbeard/sabnzbd+ onto a Linux Mint 11 install on a Dell Mini 10, and it's writing downloads to a mapped drive on the main rig. This is MORE ideal, but it still sucks because the main rig needs to be ON for it to work, so I'm still drinking power.
I would like to have an always-on NAS with the ability to run sab/sickbeard/torrents, which can run headless (or on the mini, if necessary) and be always on, that I can dump a 2tb drive in (or two) and call it good.
I'm not using a USB drive on the mint install because I worry about read/write speeds, however in every other way the Mini is an ideal platform. Do you have thoughts in this regard?
An ideal device would have/be: gigabit, a couple sata ports for large drives, be able to operate as a NAS although I don't need automated backups---just a file dump, and the ability to run sab/sickbeard/torrents, and use as little power as possible. I am happy to run the OS off flash if necessary. I'm guessing there's a thin-client out there that may do this very well.
So here I am looking for hardware recommendations, OS recommendations (I see that FreeNAS can run sabnzbd+...but...it seems less than elegant), etc.
And, lastly, I would love for this to be as inexpensive as possible. I've also got two, 17" dual core laptops that could do the job instead, but it seems like a waste.
The WDTV live does all the transcoding, so I don't need a lot of processing power, although sickbeard/sabnzbd have to unpack and repair nzb's---and that takes some guts.