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New Daddy
2008-10-30, 15:41
I'm beginning to realize that all the music files must be stored in one folder in order for SB to access those files.
Since my wife and I both have tons of music files on our separate notebooks, we are thinking of setting up what other people are describing as a NAS (network-attached storage) where we will store all our music files.

In this regard,
1. Can SB access an NAS even when my PC is turned off (i.e., even when no SqueezeCenter is running)?
2. (This is probably appropriate for some other forum, but) Can anyone recommend a decent NAS kit? We wouldn't need a mission-critical NAS, since all we will need the NAS for is to store our music files.

Thanks a bunch in advance.

andyg
2008-10-30, 15:53
Not yet, but I'm working on a way for you to access local music while connected to SN.

WizardFusion
2008-10-30, 15:57
I currently use the original Buffalo TeraStation 1Tb box

From (but not shown) http://www.buffalo-technology.com/products/network-storage/terastation/

It's a 4x250Gb Disk RAID5 box giving me about 700Gb of storage (completely full at the mo). It's a great box that I use for streaming movies and music to my Mac Mini attached to my TV.

New Daddy
2008-10-30, 16:04
Not yet, but I'm working on a way for you to access local music while connected to SN.

Thanks andyg!
I'll look forward to it.

autopilot
2008-10-30, 16:29
Not yet, but I'm working on a way for you to access local music while connected to SN.

What? How on earth are you planning to do that? Please explain more :)

autopilot
2008-10-30, 16:30
2. (This is probably appropriate for some other forum...

Like this one?... http://forums.slimdevices.com/forumdisplay.php?f=18

aubuti
2008-10-30, 20:07
What? How on earth are you planning to do that? Please explain more :)
The short answer is via UPnP. For the long answer you'll need Andy.....

MrSinatra
2008-10-30, 23:20
Not yet, but I'm working on a way for you to access local music while connected to SN.

andy, couldn't he do what he wants if he gets a NAS he can run SC on?

seems to me thats what infrant/netgear support officially.

mherger
2008-10-30, 23:33
> andy, couldn't he do what he wants if he gets a NAS he can run SC on?

No need to buy a new NAS if we can get basic UPnP support working. And
those NAS manufacturers are slow adapting our software...

Michael

MrSinatra
2008-10-30, 23:37
well, the OP said they want a NAS, so i'm going by what they said.

mherger
2008-10-30, 23:41
> well, the OP said they want a NAS, so i'm going by what they said.

Ok, ok...

Michael

MrSinatra
2008-10-30, 23:48
the other point is they have 2 laptops. is the SN/upnp going to be a good solution for them?

meaning, will it work with their laptops and will they want them on?

i got the impression they didn't want that.

what about a NAS with a upnp media server built in but no SC?

autopilot
2008-10-31, 01:52
uPnP - mmm... could Any or someone explain how a NAS/laptop/PC with a upnp server is going to work together with Squeezenetwork and your local players? Im very intrigued.

mherger
2008-10-31, 02:56
> uPnP - mmm... could Any or someone explain how a NAS/laptop/PC with a
> upnp server is going to work together with Squeezenetwork and your
> local players? Im very intrigued.

There's a device which is connected to your network as well as SN... your SB. It could do the bridge.

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Michael

New Daddy
2008-10-31, 12:05
Thanks everyone for chiming in.
The depth of this thread is going way over my head.
I have no idea what upnp is..
Well, then again, I had no idea what NAS was until a few days ago, when I started searching the internet.

Basically, my wife and I would like to aggregate all our music files into one drive. I can let her transfer her music files in her laptop to my desktop or even my laptop, but I thought it would be more convenient if she could access the "centralized" storage regardless of whether my PC/laptop is turned on or off. Similarly, I thought it would be better if my SB Boom could access the network-attached "central" storage directly without having to negotiate through my desktop where the SqueezeCenter currently resides.

Thanks!

MrSinatra
2008-10-31, 12:17
thats why my answer to you was the best answer, i actually listened to what you wanted.

;)

in all seriousness, there are a 1000 ways to slaughter a pig. so it all depends on what your exact goals are, and how you want to do it.

keep in mind, they do not have a upnp solution yet. while i think its probably coming soon, its hard to say when.

therefore the best solution to meet your goals as i see it, is to get a NAS, which is great for more than just storing music btw.

some infrant/netgear NAS devices come with SC built in. but the drawback is SC is slow on these devices, (via webUI anyway). however, some other NAS devices are a lot faster, but on those you need to "hack em" to some degree to get SC installed on them.

u could also setup a small desktop that would "wake on lan" and run SC from there, and store all your music there as well. this is to a degree overkill, so it has pros and cons too.

personally, i am going to get a NAS one day, b/c i do not want a computer on just to listen to music. i'll probably wait until netgear/infrant make a NAS that has a real processor in it, assuming that ever happens. but regardless i'm gonna wait until i see how this upnp solution works as well.

i actually think the upnp solution (that uses SN and your SB + your local tunes) would be very elegant with a NAS as opposed to a computer for the local tunes. BUT we need to see how it'll work first. (if the NAS has a generic media server built in, i wouldn't think its a problem).

if you need clarifications, just ask, BUT you should google upnp and so on. to do this properly, you will need to educate yourself.