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Michael Sigalos
2005-03-16, 10:53
I have read that a LinkStation can be "hacked" to host SlimServer. For any
that have done so, may I ask for some feedback on performance? The specs
on the Buffalo website indicate only 64MB RAM. My SlimServer currently
eats up about 55MB with 4K tracks. Is the LinkStation prone to pauses,
skips, drops? Is the primary function of the LinkStation degraded (i.e.
file serving)? I am intrigued because there is a deep discount right now
on the 160GB model on a online retailer.

Jonathan Miller
2005-03-16, 13:59
I've been using my LinkStation to run SlimServer 5.something for a few
months without much trouble. Haven't tried version 6 yet. The only
thing I've noticed is that it can take awhile to re-scan your library,
and my wired SqueezeBox sometimes loses it's connection to the
SlimServer during a re-scan. Should mention that all my music is in
mp3 format so I'm not during any transcoding.


On Wed, 16 Mar 2005 11:53:47 -0600, Michael Sigalos
<miguel.slimdiscuss (AT) zoemail (DOT) net> wrote:
> I have read that a LinkStation can be "hacked" to host SlimServer. For any
> that have done so, may I ask for some feedback on performance? The specs
> on the Buffalo website indicate only 64MB RAM. My SlimServer currently
> eats up about 55MB with 4K tracks. Is the LinkStation prone to pauses,
> skips, drops? Is the primary function of the LinkStation degraded (i.e.
> file serving)? I am intrigued because there is a deep discount right now
> on the 160GB model on a online retailer.
>

Marc D. Field
2005-03-16, 21:32
On 03/16/2005 09:53 AM, Michael Sigalos wrote:
> I have read that a LinkStation can be "hacked" to host SlimServer. For any
> that have done so, may I ask for some feedback on performance? The specs
> on the Buffalo website indicate only 64MB RAM. My SlimServer currently
> eats up about 55MB with 4K tracks. Is the LinkStation prone to pauses,
> skips, drops? Is the primary function of the LinkStation degraded (i.e.
> file serving)? I am intrigued because there is a deep discount right now
> on the 160GB model on a online retailer.

With about 9k tracks, mine uses about 40MB of the 64 and less than 2% of
CPU at idle, about 3-4% CPU when playing mp3s, and can spike to the 90s
when scanning the music folder or serving up web pages. I do not
experience playback skips. The web interface does run a bit slow, and
there's a 2-3 second delay when powering up the Squeezebox -- but that's
all the inconvenience I've experienced.

Who's running the deep discount on the 160?

Marc

Thomas B. Malsbury
2005-03-17, 07:41
Marc D. Field wrote:

>Who's running the deep discount on the 160?
>
>Marc
>
>
I saw on Techbargins.com earlier this week that Buy.com is offering them
at $209 with free shipping.

http://www.buy.com/retail/product.asp?sku=10377699&dcaid=1688

Looks like the offer is still valid, and its $40 less then Amazon, so
this might be the deal he was talking about.

Marc D. Field
2005-03-17, 09:46
On 03/17/2005 04:48 AM, BenRubinstein wrote:
> The Linkstation looks like a greet solution in terms of size - but how does
> it sound?

I can't give a solid answer here as mine is in a small cabinet above our
refrigerator. I remember thinking it was very quiet when doing the
initial setup with the LS on a desk, but that was a while back.

Marc

Jonathan Miller
2005-03-17, 10:59
My Linkstation is in a spare bedroom / home office. I'd say it's
virtually silent. Right now I have a disassembled Mini-itx system on
top of the desk that makes much more noise than the LS.

Marc D. Field
2005-03-17, 12:20
On 03/17/2005 06:41 AM, Thomas B. Malsbury wrote:
> Looks like the offer is still valid, and its $40 less then Amazon, so
> this might be the deal he was talking about.
>

Thanks -- looks like a good buy. I'm thinking of getting a second one.

If you guys do end up getting one, check out my website for instructions
on installing SlimServer on it:

<http://fieldnetworks.com/slim/linkstation.html>

Marc

Michael Peters
2005-03-17, 16:11
On Thu, 17 Mar 2005 11:20:25 -0800, Marc D. Field
<lists (AT) fieldinternet (DOT) com> wrote:
> On 03/17/2005 06:41 AM, Thomas B. Malsbury wrote:
> > Looks like the offer is still valid, and its $40 less then Amazon, so
> > this might be the deal he was talking about.
> >
>
> Thanks -- looks like a good buy. I'm thinking of getting a second one.
>
> If you guys do end up getting one, check out my website for instructions
> on installing SlimServer on it:
>
> <http://fieldnetworks.com/slim/linkstation.html>

Cool page - thanks!

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