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how realistic is it to use one home server for multiple applications?

I'm wanting to set up a home server that I can envision having multiple roles. Is that a realistic thing to attempt for your above-average technically informed user? [more inside]
posted by diode on Jun 3, 2016 - 11 answers

Best practices for digital media and home theater?

I'd like to improve the way we handle our digital media storage and viewing at home. Currently we have a PC running FreeNAS as the storage server, and another PC hooked up to the TV (the TV PC) that we play media with using Kodi. We use an iPhone as a remote. I'd like to replace this with something easier to use, so that for instance, a guest at our house could watch TV just using a remote. [more inside]
posted by pombe on Jan 30, 2016 - 7 answers

DIY media server: how do?

Right now I have an archaic NAS with Windows Home Server. WHS isn't supported anymore and I'm increasingly terrified that something is going to break and we'll be SOL. My goal for the remains of 2015 is to deal with this. [more inside]
posted by soren_lorensen on Oct 27, 2015 - 17 answers

Network attached storage? There's way too many options - help!

What network attached storage should I use? This will be used as a central backup for all three computers on the network, it should stream media to my xbox, and it should be easy to setup a secondary backup of the NAS to another external drive or cloud service. [more inside]
posted by Arbac on Sep 28, 2015 - 16 answers

How do I plug an external hard drive into my Airport device?

I have a Maxtor BlackArmor 250GB external hard drive. I'd like to plug it into my Apple Airport device that serves our house's WiFi. Ultimately, I want to be able to put Plex Media Server on it so we can watch movies and listen to music. How do I make this happen? [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Aug 14, 2015 - 7 answers

Is installing Plex on Ubuntu with an external hard drive really hard?

I'm medium-capable with computer stuff; not afraid of a command line, but not a lot more sophisticated than mkdir and mv commands. I've got an ECS LIVA box that I'd like to try putting a Plex server on. I've installed Ubuntu 14.04, and connected it to a 5TB external drive, but I'm getting a bit nervous. Is Plex on this setup within my skill range? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Jul 25, 2015 - 8 answers

What's the best low-cost mini-PC/HTPC solution in 2014?

My wife and I watch a little bit of TV and are trying to figure out if there's a solution that uses the least amount of hardware and that's affordable for us. We are neither video nor audiophiles and thus 1080p etc. is not a crucial component for us, over minimizing cost, hardware and ease. [more inside]
posted by buoys in the hood on Oct 22, 2014 - 14 answers

Macbook to media server.

What's the best way to utilize this busted up macbook (and other bits and pieces from the house) as a media hub/server? [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart on Oct 10, 2013 - 2 answers

Pulling the plug on cable

I want to get rid of cable, but don't want to lose the content my wife and I like. There are too many options, so I need help piecing together the right setup. [more inside]
posted by slogger on Jun 27, 2012 - 20 answers

Tivo Replacement options

My TiVo Series 2 has finally died. The hard drive has failed. I could replace the hard drive, but I'd like to upgrade my general environment. What are my options if I still want to be able to watch live TV with PVR functions? [more inside]
posted by idb on Jun 6, 2012 - 12 answers

I suppose I could just go with LPs...

In the process of ripping CDs to a media server (Mac Mini mid-2010), I did an A/B test comparing the sound quality of the Mac setup with my CD player. It did not go well. Currently the line-out headphone jack is just connected to the stereo, but I'm pretty sure that the DAC should be done externally for the improvement in sound. But various reviews seem to indicate that the Mac has high jitter issues with it's optical out. What's the best way to turn my zeroes and ones back into music? [more inside]
posted by hwyengr on Sep 8, 2011 - 11 answers

My server of streaming tears

I'd like to use a 2007 Macbook Pro + 2TB FW ext HD as a NAS setup, but the drive keeps falling asleep and slowing and causing video to hiccup. How can I prevent this and get smooth movie playback? [more inside]
posted by miomiomio on Jul 9, 2011 - 5 answers

Help me build my perfect home media machine.

Help me build my perfect home media machine. It must play blu-ray discs, browse the web, and stream HD video from internet sources. I have no interest in video games, and little interest in cable TV. Is this something I can buy? If this is something I must build myself, what kind of computing muscle will I need? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on May 12, 2010 - 15 answers

What's the best option for home media server/storage

What is the current best option for a home media server/storage? I think that hard drive prices may have finally fallen to the point where I might be able to put my DVDs on a server, but the options are overwhelming. [more inside]
posted by willnot on Jan 30, 2009 - 9 answers

Windows Server 2003 Migration to New Hardware

Help with home media Windows Server 2003 Migration to New Hardware [more inside]
posted by SlyBevel on Apr 13, 2008 - 9 answers

How to set up a state-wide network of theater rooms all sharing the same media?

HELP - all you AV buffs. I have a huge AV project to undertake. It involves finding a way to either broadcast, stream, or sync movies located in one location (i.e., a media server) to 10 different theater rooms across the state of Utah. I have an unlimited budget. More info inside... [more inside]
posted by Detuned Radio on Jan 31, 2008 - 14 answers

Where can i get an HP mediaserver to buy in WA?

Please help me make my new husband's birthday (today)a memorable one! [more inside]
posted by ramix on Dec 20, 2007 - 2 answers

RAID 5 capable enclosure without disks?

I'm hoping you can help me find a RAID 5 capable enclosure without disks, with some further requirements inside, for my in construction media server storage. [more inside]
posted by John Kenneth Fisher on Aug 4, 2007 - 10 answers

Make my WinServer 2k3 do the cool stuff that WinHome Server will do!

Make my WinServer 2k3 do the cool stuff that WinHome Server will do! [more inside]
posted by SlyBevel on Feb 2, 2007 - 6 answers

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