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Fun things to do with Wii, streaming media, and network storage!

Help me figure out how to make the ultimate backup/streaming media setup under $200. Or, just tell me cool things to do with my Wii that I haven't thought of. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by Raichle on Dec 27, 2010 - 2 answers

Help me use Sonos with a mac compatible NAS

I'd like to transfer (iTunes) music off of an old PC and an even older iMac onto a NAS that plays nicely with our new Mac laptops and even newer Sonos system. I'd also like to use the NAS to automate backups for these two Mac laptops. And I'd like the NAS to back itself up onto a secondary drive. I'm new to networking and back-upping and would like a set it and forget it solution. [more inside]
posted by ranunculus on Dec 21, 2010 - 6 answers

My Dark Twisted Media Fantasy

I have long held a fantastic dream of what I want my home theater setup to be. I've tried several times, in several different ways, to realize this dream - but there is always something. There's always something that doesn't work right - that makes my final implementation lacking in some fundamental way. I'm starting to give up hope. So - I'll tell you what I want and what I've tried - and I want you to tell me if there's another way. I can't be alone here. [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Nov 29, 2010 - 10 answers

Time Capsule VS Charter's Router

If we stop renting Charter's SMC wireless router what do we need to get/keep in terms of hardware to go from Charter's cable outlet to the Time Capsule? Any experiences switching to Time Capsule with Charter? [more inside]
posted by tangram1 on Nov 28, 2010 - 2 answers

Maintaining encrypted network backup on Win 7

Have 2 Windows 7 Pro computers. PC1 is my primary workstation, and PC2 I've been using with the TV for WMC/Hulu. I wanted to start using PC2 to backup the data on PC1, but PC2 is always logged in to record tv or play recordings. How do I ensure that data that I backup to PC2 is only visible/modifiable to PC1? [more inside]
posted by palionex on Oct 28, 2010 - 3 answers

What cheap storage thing should I buy?

What is the cheapest/best way to get around 1TB of RAID 1 home storage external to any particular computer? [more inside]
posted by enn on Oct 7, 2010 - 14 answers

'mo bits 'mo money

Are we paying too much for 10-gigabit ethernet buildout for a cluster? [more inside]
posted by H. Roark on Sep 22, 2010 - 9 answers

Yet another NAS question...

What's my best bet for a home NAS...? [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon on Sep 7, 2010 - 9 answers

Help me put this NAS together?

I currently have 6 SATA drives that I'm trying to put together in a nas box. Will this motherboard and this power supply be able to deal with it? Are there cheaper ways of going about this? [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Aug 25, 2010 - 12 answers

I want to make an External HDD a NAS and a DAS. But How?

Is there any way I can connect my External USB hard drive to my PS3 non-wirelessly while still sharing it wirelessly with other devices (iPad, iPod and other PCs in my house) using an Airport Extreme and a 4 port USB hub? I have a gut feeling that there must be a way to do this but I can't actually work out a real world way to do this. I accept I may potentially need to buy a new cable or two but I can live with that. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 on Aug 19, 2010 - 7 answers

What type of wirelessly accessible storage solution should I go with in my new home network? Details inside...

What type of wirelessly accessible storage solution should I go with in my new home network? Details inside... [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Aug 17, 2010 - 3 answers

Looking for a small NAS with SFTP capability

Anyone know of a small NAS with SFTP capability, to be used with ExpanDrive? [more inside]
posted by Dr Dracator on Aug 17, 2010 - 2 answers

Which four drive NAS storage solution to choose for home use?

Which four drive NAS storage solution to choose for home use? (Summer 2010 edition) [more inside]
posted by seanmpuckett on Aug 12, 2010 - 17 answers

Recommend me a (bare) fileserver for great good

I'd like some recommendations on file server hardware. Ideally I'd like something with space for 6 3.5" SATA drives, the more the better. The server must be able to run FreeNAS and Linux with only modest hacking. I'm not averse to modifying something to get it to do what I want, but since this is going to be a production machine (albeit for home use) I shouldn't have to break out the soldering iron and JTAG cables just to get the OS setup. CPU and RAM don't matter, provided the machine can support a CPU made within the last six years and can accommodate 1GB+ of RAM. Bonus points for the following: space for multiple NICs, IBM, easy access to internals, relatively quiet. Budget max. is $400 *excluding* drives, and used equipment is (obviously) totally fine!
posted by -1 on Aug 4, 2010 - 15 answers

Why doesn't this Just Work?

Snow Leopard DHCP Fun. I want to hook my NAS drive directly to the ethernet port on my Mac. I also want it to have a static IP. How do these things work out? [more inside]
posted by hwyengr on Jul 28, 2010 - 15 answers

Best option for additional storage for a Mac Mini HTPC

I’m planning on buying a Mac Mini as an HTPC, but I have some questions about the best option for additional storage. [more inside]
posted by cosmic osmo on Jun 30, 2010 - 13 answers

Laptop + iTunes + NAS + Consolidation?

iTunes 9 seems to have killed the ability to disconnect from one's NAS library and re-consolidate when re-attached. Does anyone have a working solution? Details inside.. [more inside]
posted by Señor Pantalones on Mar 1, 2010 - 5 answers

NAS with redundancy and good protocol support recommendations?

Can you recommend a NAS device with built-in multi-disk redundancy and support for a variety of network share protocols for a small office? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Feb 17, 2010 - 11 answers

Help me fix my wireless streaming video setup!

I want to stream video at 720p from a storage server on my apartment LAN to wirelessly-connected clients. I've set up FreeNAS on an old laptop, but the setup isn't even fast enough to stream standard def movies without stuttering. Tell me what I'm doing wrong, and how I can fix it. More details about my setup inside [more inside]
posted by killdevil on Jan 4, 2010 - 23 answers

How to share my iTunes library so that my pc and mac can use it and keep unicode filenames?

I want to put my itunes library on a shared drive or NAS. I have 2 spare older laptops and was hoping to connect external drives to them and share them. But I have some (a lot of) songs that have filenames not in english. Some are unicode and some are big5 (an asian character encoding). I also want to be able to admin my itunes from windows and mac os or maybe just mac os. [more inside]
posted by brinks on Jan 3, 2010 - 4 answers

Would linux breathe new life into my old powerbook?

I want to have a fast capable NAS/file server/upnp device very similar to the QNAP TS-110 TurboNAS. I have an old 12" Powerbook G4 aluminum MAC OS x laptop. Would it be possible to install a barebones linux installation on the Powerbook to have access to many of the same features of the QNAP device? [more inside]
posted by jlowen on Nov 27, 2009 - 2 answers

Multimedia-filter: Looking for help from all you Network and digital media Gurus in making my first house totally awesome. Movies, Televsion, Music, Wifi, Streaming Content and 50mgbt broadband within.

Multimedia-filter: Looking for help from HDTV, NAS, Media Servers and Network Gurus' in making my first house totaly awesome. Movies, Televsion, Music, Wifi, Streaming Content and 50mgbt broadband within. [more inside]
posted by Cogentesque on Nov 13, 2009 - 4 answers

Batch transfer of ~1TB from 8 drives over LAN

Are there any better tools for transferring about a terabyte of files over a local network than just dragging and dropping in Windows? Specifically, is there a tool that can pick up and double-check files once they've been copied over? [more inside]
posted by saysthis on Oct 18, 2009 - 15 answers

VPN from home NAS system.

I am trying to set up my router so that I can get at my files on my 3 NAS boxes. These NAS boxes are 1) D-Link DNS323, Infrant ReadyNAS NV+, and a Buffalo TeraStation HD-H2.0TGL/R5. The router is connected to the internet via a home service cable modem so it won't have a static IP and one step is to find the IP address before accessing. I have a router (DLink DGL-4100) which says it can make a IPSec VPN or FTP using a Virtual Server (I think). There would be no other PCs on the network since I would be taking my laptop with me when I access the network. The manuals for the routers talk about FTP serving but if I get a VPN set in my router then I should be able to just browse for whatever I want that way...right? The instructions say it can be done, but how? Please give me step by step instructions the best you can for setting up the router, the NAS boxes and my XP laptop (with suggested software, if necessary) since I have looked all over the internet and can't find anything I can understand. Of course the access should be encrypted and password protected. THANKS GUYS. [more inside]
posted by CodeMonkey on Oct 16, 2009 - 5 answers

How to make my LaCie 5big NAS better?

LaCie 5Big NAS hacks/modifications/tricks? [more inside]
posted by Señor Pantalones on Sep 13, 2009 - 4 answers

Which 1080p HDMI media streamer should I purchase?

Which 1080p HDMI media streamer should I purchase? [more inside]
posted by Perplexer on Sep 3, 2009 - 5 answers

Zero to HTPC in 700?

Going crazy trying to figure out my HTPC/media server options from scratch. Yes, I've been reading other threads but I'm a unique snowflake so there's [more inside]
posted by itesser on Aug 10, 2009 - 11 answers

Synology 409 vs. Seagate Black Armor 440

Help me decide: Synology 409 vs. Seagate Black Armor 440 for my next NAS? [more inside]
posted by monkeybutt on Jul 25, 2009 - 4 answers

I need help and suggestions for small business RAID server or NAS.

I need the best affordable solution for small business server/NAS with RAID. [more inside]
posted by Jackie_Treehorn on Jul 8, 2009 - 10 answers

FreeNAS Hardware Specs

I'm going to make a dedicated FreeNAS box. Looking for hardware suggestions. [more inside]
posted by tdreyer on Jun 22, 2009 - 4 answers

insufficient permissions error with OS X

Insufficient permissions error preventing copying files to NAS USB dongle based server from OS X machine [more inside]
posted by spyke23 on Apr 20, 2009 - 2 answers

old mac Mini is too Mini for TV

I have an old G5 PowerPC Mac Mini that would be just right to repurpose as a DVR/HTPC. But the weak onboard graphics are preventing joy. Is there a way I can offload the graphics processing workload to an auxillary device? [more inside]
posted by penciltopper on Apr 10, 2009 - 8 answers

Can I freely print while NASing?

Is there a way to use a PC as a print server while running FreeNAS on it at the same time? [more inside]
posted by entropic on Mar 9, 2009 - 6 answers

Buffalo Terastation

What is the best way to use Japanese filenames on NAS drive in Mac OS X? [more inside]
posted by theyexpectresults on Mar 8, 2009 - 4 answers

Best video codec for DVD ripping?

What are the best video compression settings (codec, bitrate etc.) for ripping DVDs (that I own)? These files will sit on a NAS and be streamed over a wireless G network for viewing on a standard definition TV with XBMC. [more inside]
posted by Otis on Feb 19, 2009 - 10 answers

What network hard drives play well with the Airport Extreme?

Can I use one of the ethernet ports on my airport extreme for a network disc or am I limited to USB? [more inside]
posted by TedW on Feb 17, 2009 - 7 answers

Data Storage Appliance

Anyone own one of these? MvixBOX. I'm wondering if it lived up to your expectations.
posted by Area Control on Feb 8, 2009 - 3 answers

DIY Ripserver

DIY Ripserver [more inside]
posted by spyke23 on Feb 1, 2009 - 7 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

Reccomend an NSLU2 alternative!

What Network Attached Storage enclosure should I get? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Jan 26, 2009 - 10 answers

I have a bottleneck in my home network, and I can't find it. Any ideas?

I have a bottleneck in my home network, and I can't find it. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by northernsoul on Dec 23, 2008 - 16 answers

Nomadic computer components must be civilized

I'm looking for inspiration on how to reduce computer clutter. I run a lot of machines and make them do a lot of cool things, but in a 92sqm apartment where we're also trying to manage massive DVD, magazine, and book libraries, and where my previous work station (which was never all that orderly) has been conquered by my girlfriend's rampaging makeup and sewing stuff, it ain't easy. I want to compartmentalize, organize, and speed up the process of accessing my stuff. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by saysthis on Nov 29, 2008 - 10 answers

Tell me about current NAS manufacturers and technology?

Tell me about Network Attached Storage ( NAS )? In particular what current manufactuers should I avoid for a typical 1 terabyte (or greater) RAID array? I'm also interested in general information and pitfalls for NAS devices and implementations. [more inside]
posted by loquacious on Aug 10, 2008 - 13 answers

Back me up, Scotty!

Recommend a good tool to remotely backup/synchronize large folders to my home NAS. [more inside]
posted by sprocket87 on Jun 18, 2008 - 7 answers

Sharing (via WiFi) a NAS connected via ethernet to a MacMini

Hi, I have a WiFi network to which a MacMini (with Leopard) is connected. An ethernet NAS disk (ReadyNAS NV+) is connected directly to the MacMini via ethernet. The shares of the NAS disk are correctly mounted on the MacMini. [more inside]
posted by franconi on Apr 10, 2008 - 12 answers

Xbox 360 + NAS

Are there any network attached storage devices that work well with Xbox 360? [more inside]
posted by notchristopher on Feb 24, 2008 - 4 answers

Downloading torrents while I'm away?

What's the best device I can buy or build for under $300 that will download (over bittorrent), serve, and maybe even play my video files? [more inside]
posted by raygan on Feb 3, 2008 - 16 answers

Standalone NAS recommendations?

Does anyone have any recommendations for an off-the-shelf NAS that can handle at least 1TB and may be expanded as needed? Drobo, Buffalo TeraStation, etc.? [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Jan 19, 2008 - 13 answers

Looking for a cheap NAS solution <$50 (enclosure only)

Looking for a cheap NAS enclosure (~$50) - interested in ximeta netdisk, but I'd rather go with something that doesn't require a software install. For $100ish I could build a cheap VIA C3/C7 server, but a simple HD enclosure would be better. I'm planning to run it off a WRT54g, and have heard that ximeta's get slow wifi performance - could I watch videos over the connection (300mb/hr divx), or would I be restricted to backup and music? If so, what's the cheapest NAS enclosure that isn't a POS that can manage mp3's over wifi? Something that could do bittorrent would be great, but they seem much more costly. Most important, I want a NAS that will spin down when not in use so it doesn't kill my non-enterprise HD.
posted by lrodman on Jan 3, 2008 - 7 answers

Looking for a VERY specific HDD enclosure...

Calling to the hive mind! Is anyone aware of a (reasonably priced (sub $150)) external hard drive (or, better, HDD enclosure) that meets the following specifications? [more inside]
posted by TrueVox on Dec 15, 2007 - 6 answers

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