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Having just purchased a WDTV am planning on adding a NAS to my network and am a bit confused from reading things. People mention about using them to stream media, but it will be slow. This is where i … Read More
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7y, 7m agoPosted 7 years, 7 months ago
Having just purchased a WDTV am planning on adding a NAS to my network and am a bit confused from reading things. People mention about using them to stream media, but it will be slow. This is where i am confused.

If i have a video file on my PC and send it to the NAS then what connection i use (wireless, wired or homeplug) will determine how quickly the file gets onto the NAS, right?

But the NAS will be connected to the WDTV, via an ethernet adapter, so it will 'stream' to it at 100mb, won't it? More than enough for 720p .mkv trailers

Or have i got the complete wrong end of the stick?

Thanks in advance
sancho1983 Avatar
7y, 7m agoPosted 7 years, 7 months ago
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#1
Anybody a clue?
#2
yup - you sound like you've got it sorted - I'm going to connect mine via 200mbit homeplugs which will be fine for hd media too, my mate has the same setup so if you can connect via 100mbit ethernet you'll be well away.

I think the slow comments come from comparing things like a raid 5 NAS bay to a HDD in a pc - the NAS will be slower but it won't effect you streaming HD content.
#3
No, the connection only defines the maximum speed of the transfer - the actual transfer speed will be dependent on the capability and current status of the devices the data is going between. If the NAS box has a slow processor and basic hardware then it's going to take longer to process the data going through it which in turn means the transfer rate will be slower.

John
#4
true but even a cheap NAS will have transfer rates perfectly good enough to stream high def video.
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worto03
yup - you sound like you've got it sorted - I'm going to connect mine via 200mbit homeplugs which will be fine for hd media too, my mate has the same setup so if you can connect via 100mbit ethernet you'll be well away.

I think the slow comments come from comparing things like a raid 5 NAS bay to a HDD in a pc - the NAS will be slower but it won't effect you streaming HD content.


Thanks

Johnmcl7
No, the connection only defines the maximum speed of the transfer - the actual transfer speed will be dependent on the capability and current status of the devices the data is going between. If the NAS box has a slow processor and basic hardware then it's going to take longer to process the data going through it which in turn means the transfer rate will be slower.

John


Thanks, do you mean the transfer rate between the PC and the NAS?

I only bought the WDTV to stream mkv files and am concerned i won't be able to do it without stutters now

I am planning on buying the NAS after Christmas and just plugging in my 1tb external drive for the moment, just will be a pain physically moving it between the PC and WDTV every time i want to put stuff on it!!
#6
Not meaning to thread hijack but I didnt think it was worth having 2 NAS threads open at once. Does anybody know how many computers would be able to connect to a ethernet NAS box at the same time? Also would it be simple to set up all machines to have the NAS box mapped permanently?
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worto03;6992050
true but even a cheap NAS will have transfer rates perfectly good enough to stream high def video.


Actually even some of the more expensive consumer NAS devices (such as Lacie, WD) have low transfer rates which makes streaming video unreliable especially as the transfer rate can drop due to limited processing available. I'm not claiming all NAS drives are useless but to check carefully the reviews for their performance.

Another issue is that most consumer NAS devices use the less robust FAT32 which has a filesize limitation of 4GB which may not be a limitation for many people although could be for others.

John
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jennyrocks;6992095
Not meaning to thread hijack but I didnt think it was worth having 2 NAS threads open at once. Does anybody know how many computers would be able to connect to a ethernet NAS box at the same time? Also would it be simple to set up all machines to have the NAS box mapped permanently?

That really depends on the capabilities of the NAS box and what the clients are doing - while any of them should be able to manage to multiple clients the performance may drop considerably if several people are trying to access data at once.

As for having the PCs mapping to the NAS box, it is fairly easy in most operating systems. Windows offer a feature to map a nework drive although I tend to find it's a little flaky in a home setup however it's easy enough to set up a file to run when Windows starts which maps the connection automatically.

John
#9
Johnmcl7
Actually even some of the more expensive consumer NAS devices (such as Lacie, WD) have low transfer rates which makes streaming video unreliable especially as the transfer rate can drop due to limited processing available. I'm not claiming all NAS drives are useless but to check carefully the reviews for their performance.

Another issue is that most consumer NAS devices use the less robust FAT32 which has a filesize limitation of 4GB which may not be a limitation for many people although could be for others.

John


Thanks again, what sort of transfer rate should i be looking at for 720p mkvs? 4GB filesize will be a limitation for me, how do i tell if it uses FAT32 or not? was looking at something like http://www.ebuyer.com/product/152055
#10
I play 720p mkv's on mine and only get 48mbps through my homeplugs (or about 6 megabytes per sec) it works fine which is why I was surprised any NAS wouldn't do transfer speed wise?

This is the NAS I was looking at - Buffalo Linkstation Quad 4TB NAS ( 4.0TB LS-Q4.0TL/R5 ) - sorry can't link cuz it's an ebay shop but the cheapest I can find it is £400

ah - it's on play now.

http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/8349463/Buffalo-LinkStation-Quad-4TB-External-Hard-Drive-NAS-Network-Attached-Storage/Product.html?add=8349463

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