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Old 13th June 2008, 16:15   #1
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Hey all,

I'm thinking of buying a NAS (Network attached storage).
Now I'm wondering what should be the best one (and where to buy)

some criteria:
-2 swappable drives (aka mount drive yourself) (built in drive of 500Gb or more is allowed too)
-at least 1 usb-port with printer support
-Bittorrent support (for downloading linux distro's )
-Not more than 200

Thanks a lot

Stida

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Old 13th June 2008, 18:23   #2
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QNAP would get my recommendation. The QNAP TS-209 may bit a bit over 200€ though.
 
Old 14th June 2008, 22:21   #3
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yup QNAP can do that and much more, but priced higher than €200 unfortunately (nearly double!) it does do much more than simple file storage though. review at the site in the coming week(s)
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Old 19th June 2008, 12:17   #4
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the qnap is just a bit too expensive for just being a nas.
But it gave me a new idea.
I'm also looking for a kind all in one combination tv-set (hdd-recorder, tv, fm radio,...)

Now i'm thinking of building a HTPC which can also be used as a nas --> kind of central data server.

Feel free to drop your ideas here!
 
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ATI HD video for sound&image over HDMI
Hauppage for recording shows in SD resolution
for Digi-TV I have no experience in .BE

CPU power, anything above 2.4Ghz (A64 or C2D) will be sufficient for encoding/decoding.
You can buy a BluRay reader for approx ~€200.

In total the solution will be extremely flexible, but requires a lot of configuration on your end.
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Old 19th June 2008, 13:15   #6
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I agree with the ati (maybe I'll put my current HD2600XT in it and buy myself a one)
Hauppage WinTV PCI FM looks good
Maybe a Sempron CPU or a celeron (quiet + low power consumption)

No digi-tv
No blu ray

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Old 19th June 2008, 13:43   #7
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and a temporary (possible) config
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Old 19th June 2008, 13:50   #8
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Celeron & encoding & playing of HD content will be very slow; very slow
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Old 19th June 2008, 15:16   #9
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hmm,... any other suggestions for a htpc (without gfx card) around 300~350 euros (otherwise, I'll buy a combination of hard disk dvd recorder + home cinema)
 
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if you don't care about playback of custom content, a HDD recorder will be cheaper and easier
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