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foxracer2421314 July 15, 2010 10:45 AM

NAS/FILE STREAMING
 
I am looking to build my own NAS device...this doesn't present a challenge to me if i just want to back things up. I was planning on using FreeNAS to do this..

However, I want to take the videos and what not on my NAS device and stream them to my PS3 so i can watch them from there on my tv. Is this possible and if so what will I have to do...

Do i need to connect the NAS device to the network then have a PC bring the movies up and push the PC to the TV...also id like to have the NAS device server as my torrent client where the downloads go right to it....

any ideas?

Arinoth July 15, 2010 10:50 AM

How much storage do you need for this NAS? It almost sounds like you need an HTPC as that would allow you to do everything on one small platform and connect it to the tv as well.

foxracer2421314 July 15, 2010 10:53 AM

I was seeking around 8TB in a RAID 5/6

foxracer2421314 July 15, 2010 10:57 AM

furthermore, my ultimate goal would be too use this NAS to backup data access it from anywhere as with play it from anywhere in the house as well as download torrents to it...I am decent enough with networking just not sure if this is really possible as far as streaming to the PS3...if it had DLNA i assume it would work

Varroa July 15, 2010 11:10 AM

If you can install something like Tversity on the NAS then that could handle the streaming to the PS3 (provided the hardware is sufficient). There are other programs that can serve the PS3 as well but I am not familiar with any of them (PS3mediaserver is one).

Arinoth July 15, 2010 11:16 AM

You can also use Twonky Media Server as well, i used it for a good year when i was using my DNS-323.

foxracer2421314 July 15, 2010 11:27 AM

I was going for more of a system without an operating system...that would be more true to a network attached storage device.
What about putting windows server on...then i could setup FTP as well as the twonky software or Tversity...So how exactly does the twonky software work? i was reading a little about it seems like its integrated very well, would you recommend a powerful computer to run the software...since i was going without an operating system at first thought the device is quite weak as far as power goes...

Arinoth July 15, 2010 11:30 AM

You dont need a powerful computer to run the software. As i mentioned i had it in a DNS-323, that is running an ARM processor and it had no issues with it at all. Twonky Media Server is basically just that, it allows you to stream to whatever device you want, you can stream video, music, and even pictures. You can also set what MAC addresses you want to have access to it. Ultimately i left Twonky as i'm slowly moving to using a windows based htpc/server with xbmc to watch said content on it in a graphically pleasing view.

foxracer2421314 July 15, 2010 11:38 AM

Does twonky have the ability to stream HD content in an acceptable manner?

I have heard of xbmc before...if i threw on windows server can xbmc be ran on that and since its designed to run on the network can it be pushed to the playstation then?? not too familiar with xbmc


check that after thinking through that stupid statement it makes little sense to put xbmc onto a server...

so if i put it on a regular operating system then i would have to have DLNA on my tv to really send it over the network or just push it to the PS3 then

Arinoth July 15, 2010 11:41 AM

Twonky should have no issue streaming any content. It would be all on the receiving side if it had the processing power to decode and play HD content (and wired not wireless connections).

Can't help you with the xbmc pushed to ps3 as its relatively new grounds to me, hopefully someone else can help answer that for you


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