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chazk13
2008-04-14, 13:49
I'm considering purchasing a Buffalo LinkStation Pro Duo, mostly due to the fact that i'm just running out of space on my PC.

I'm exploring the posibility of running slimserver on the linkstation itself. What I'm wondering is this:

Besides saving the processing overhead Slimserver uses on my PC, what advantage do I gain from running SlimServer from a NAS device?

Thanks for any info you can pass on!

Thanks!

JJZolx
2008-04-14, 13:51
Besides saving the processing overhead Slimserver uses on my PC, what advantage do I gain from running SlimServer from a NAS device?

> saving the processing overhead Slimserver uses on my PC

What does that mean?

chazk13
2008-04-14, 13:58
It means that since slimserver is not running on my PC it is not using up CPU time on my PC.

aubuti
2008-04-14, 14:09
It means that since slimserver is not running on my PC it is not using up CPU time on my PC.
Which then means that you can keep running slimserver when you turn off your PC, which is probably the biggest advantage. As most NASs use less electricity per hour than most PCs, running slimserver on the LS Pro will probably save on your electric bill and be better for the environment. On the other hand, you can expect library scanning and the web interface to be considerably slower than on most PCs, but the music will play just fine.

Since you need the storage space anyway, you could take the same incremental approach I did when I bought my LinkStation HG a couple years ago. Buy the NAS, but just use it for storage now and continue to run slimserver off your PC. When you feel ready to hack the LinkStation to install slimserver/squeezecenter (it can get complicated) do that and see if you're happy with the tradeoff. If the NAS is too slow for you, then just keep using it as storage. The only thing you will have lost is that you paid more for a NAS than for an external USB drive.

Note that if you already keep your PC on 24/7, then you might as well just get a bigger hard disk for it, because slimserver doesn't chew up that many cpu cycles except when it is scanning.

funkstar
2008-04-14, 15:26
chazk13,

don't cross post!!!

See my post is the other thread you started.

remd
2008-04-15, 04:16
You can install Squeezecenter on a Buffalo Linkstation, but it would be alot easier to install it on a Synology (DS-107+ for ex), Qnap with the SSODS plugin: http://oinkzwurgl.org/ssods . Or an Netgear ReadyNas ..

dminches
2008-04-15, 05:26
I see very little advantage to running SS or SC on your NAS and some advantages to running it on your PC. As previously stated, you can turn off your PC if it is running on your NAS. Frankly, I never turn off my PC so that isn't important to me. The advantage to running it on your PC is your PC's processing power has to be greater than your NAS' so any operation you perform, including refreshing your library, will take much less time on your PC. If you have a very large music collection, refreshing could be painfully slow on your NAS.