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Jumbosmith
2006-02-09, 19:48
I am thinking of buying one of these. Here's the question:
The NY Time article says, you can't stream files off your computer if the computer is off (but you can stream internet radio). But what if the music is stored on a NAS drive that is always on? in that case can you stream music from the NAS even if the PC is off? Or, are you depending on the server software on the PC to handle the interchange?
Thanks

andyg
2006-02-09, 19:53
Even with a NAS your computer still needs to be running SlimServer.

pfarrell
2006-02-09, 19:54
Jumbosmith wrote:
> I am thinking of buying one of these. Here's the question:
> The NY Time article says, you can't stream files off your computer if
> the computer is off (but you can stream internet radio). But what if
> the music is stored on a NAS drive that is always on? in that case can
> you stream music from the NAS even if the PC is off? Or, are you
> depending on the server software on the PC to handle the interchange?

The answer depends. You need 'a computer' with the slimserver software
to be on, as the slimserver does the streaming, the Slim Device
SqueezeBox is slim and dumb.

But, with some NAS machines, you can run the slimserver on the NAS
machine, because they really are computers. Search the
forums and you'll see lots of threads about various NAS machines
that people have had success with.

So, you are depending on server software to stream the music,
but it doesn't have to be a PC.


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

Jumbosmith
2006-02-09, 20:28
Thanks for the info and insight.
rgds

KenF
2006-02-09, 21:16
Even with a NAS your computer still needs to be running SlimServer.
That depends on the NAS. Several NAS devices now include a built-in version of Slimserver, so no PC is needed.