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oivindi
2008-03-21, 12:45
Let's say I buy a NAS disk, copy all my mp3 files to it, connect it to the network, and access it from my MacBook.

Will I be able to use this disk as the source of music in SqueezeCenter without any problems?

As far as I know a NAS disk will show up as a regular volume on the MacBook, but will it also work as a streaming source?

Thanks.

th00ht
2008-03-21, 13:06
I did exactly that, but differently,

Lacie Etherdisk Mini - sharing a music folder
Windows Server 2003 with SqueezeCenter - using the share music folder as source
a SqueezeBox - to listen to an excellent collection of music


(now there is a past-tense in the first sentence, have you noticed?)

oivindi
2008-03-21, 15:17
I did exactly that, but differently,

Lacie Etherdisk Mini - sharing a music folder
Windows Server 2003 with SqueezeCenter - using the share music folder as source
a SqueezeBox - to listen to an excellent collection of music


(now there is a past-tense in the first sentence, have you noticed?)

I noticed the past tense, yes. Care to elaborate? ;)

th00ht
2008-03-21, 15:57
I noticed the past tense, yes. Care to elaborate? ;)

I used the Lacie EDmini in conjunction with a UPNP enabled player (Noxon 2). The EDmini has a Twonkyserver incorperated. This allowed me to listen to music without my server switched on. With the SqueezeBox/SqueezeCenter this changed. It first I was confused. Why make the player so "dumb" and have most of the intelligence in the server. On second thought this made perfect sense. For instance listing albums takes ages on the EDmini/Noxon combination.

Now I had to keep my server switched on to have it SqueezeCentered. Where my audio files still recided on the EDmini still accessible over the net.
The problem with the EDmini was that quite frequently it would disconnect itself from the net (don't ask me why), preferably during a nightly rescan from SqueezeCenter leaving me with an empty library the next day. Also the EDmini is very slow.

So I thought if I have to leave the server on anyway I connect a USB drive and solve the performance problem.

The setup probably works fine with other NAS products. But I'm allowed to buy one new NAS every quarter.