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windmiller
2005-11-05, 19:43
I am about to start using SlimServer 6.2 for the first time. I want to be able to stream music to my PC at work but I am curious about my home network setup.

I have a server that I want to run SlimServer on and my FLAC collection is on my HTPC in the living room connected to the server by a Gigabit network. Would this cause problems or be a bad idea to have Slimserver on one PC and the audio files i want to stream on a seperate PC?


Thanks for any suggestions!

Mark Lanctot
2005-11-05, 19:48
I don't think that's possible, unfortunately. The
files have to reside on the server.

--- windmiller
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wrote:

>
> I am about to start using SlimServer 6.2 for the
> first time. I want to
> be able to stream music to my PC at work but I am
> curious about my home
> network setup.
>
> I have a server that I want to run SlimServer on and
> my FLAC collection
> is on my HTPC in the living room connected to the
> server by a Gigabit
> network. Would this cause problems or be a bad idea
> to have Slimserver
> on one PC and the audio files i want to stream on a
> seperate PC?
>
>
> Thanks for any suggestions!
>
>
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JJZolx
2005-11-05, 19:56
I am about to start using SlimServer 6.2 for the first time. I want to be able to stream music to my PC at work but I am curious about my home network setup.

I have a server that I want to run SlimServer on and my FLAC collection is on my HTPC in the living room connected to the server by a Gigabit network. Would this cause problems or be a bad idea to have Slimserver on one PC and the audio files i want to stream on a seperate PC?

Thanks for any suggestions!
That will work so long as you can create a network share on the HTPC. You can either point your Music Directory at the share, or else create a link to the same share somewhere within the music directory tree. I don't think it should cause any problems, but it may depend a little on the HTPC and how fast it is and what else it's being asked to do while SlimServer is accessing the files stored there. This isn't unlike my setup, where my PC is running SlimServer and the files are stored on a network attached storage device.

windmiller
2005-11-05, 19:58
Thanks for the quick reply Mark. I am going to go ahead and setup Slimserver on my HTPC and see how it goes, the HTPC is a 2.5 Celeron D w/ 1GB so it should be able to handle SlimServer and the occasional DVD at the same time.

pfarrell
2005-11-05, 19:59
On Sat, 2005-11-05 at 21:48 -0500, Mark Lanctot wrote:
<windmiller.1y20oz (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com>
> wrote:
> > network. Would this cause problems or be a bad idea
> > to have Slimserver on one PC and the audio files i want to stream on a
> > seperate PC?

>
> I don't think that's possible, unfortunately. The
> files have to reside on the server.

Of course it is possible. Files are files, they
can be served from nearly anyway.

A more important question is why would you want to do this?
network file access is harder to set up and usually slower
(often by a lot) than local access. I would not recommend it
unless you have thought through the engineering concerns.
But it will work.

Maybe not fast enough to keep the users happy, but that
is what the engineering is for.

--
Pat
http://www.pfarrell.com/music/slimserver/slimsoftware.html

kdf
2005-11-05, 20:01
On 5-Nov-05, at 6:48 PM, Mark Lanctot wrote:

> I don't think that's possible, unfortunately. The
> files have to reside on the server.
>
actually, the files can be anywhere on the network as long as
slimserver has appropriate permissions to access those files over the
network. On windows, if you install slimserver as a service, you will
have to configure the service to run under a specific user in order to
access files on a mapped drive. Standard services are denied access to
the network. Check the FAQ at slimdevices.com (search for shared
volume) for details.

Running linux, over nfs or samba also works. Gigabit network should be
good for this, though there may still be some extra time overhead when
it comes to scanning. I have run with files remotely at 100Mb and it
was noticeably slower. There are some users who also run with music on
firewire or usb drives.

-kdf

Mark Lanctot
2005-11-05, 21:08
No, you had better read the other responses. I'm very
new to this and I don't know what I'm talking about.
:-(

I'd like to contribute and help but I'll stay on the
sidelines in the future.

--- windmiller
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wrote:

>
> Thanks for the quick reply Mark. I am going to go
> ahead and setup
> Slimserver on my HTPC and see how it goes, the HTPC
> is a 2.5 Celeron D
> w/ 1GB so it should be able to handle SlimServer and
> the occasional DVD
> at the same time.
>
>
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MrC
2005-11-05, 21:43
On Sat, 2005-11-05 at 21:48 -0500,
> wrote:
> > network. Would this cause problems or be a bad idea
> > to have Slimserver on one PC and the audio files i want to stream on a
> > seperate PC?
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A more important question is why would you want to do this?
network file access is harder to set up and usually slower
(often by a lot) than local access. I would not recommend it
unless you have thought through the engineering concerns.
But it will work.

I can see perhaps a good reason. I don't think I would like Slim's rescan or occasional heavy load to compete with or disturb any scheduled video recordings. Network file transfers are relatively fast operations compared to, say, software MPEG2 encoding. They are also fairly predictable in terms of server performance hit.

Might it not make sense under certain circumstances to store your music files on your HTPC and run the server on another PC? Rescans might take longer, but streaming music would not be terribly impactful. Perhaps some measurement of how the system behaves is in order.

Another point probably already considered is not wanting to distrub a perfectly functional HTPC by adding additional software.