Originally Posted by ilovejedd
I think I'd have to ask, how do you define a NAS? Because when I think of NAS, it's mostly in reference to boxes with one or more drive bays running underpowered ARM CPU's. Last I checked, you can't run MB3 or Plex Media Server on those while still having the grunt to do real-time transcoding to an iPad or something. With an HTPC/dumb NAS configuration, the HTPC does all the grunt. If you take the HTPC offline, then you become limited in what you can do.
Also, how would you define a server? Because for me, any x86 build with a halfway decent CPU constitutes as a server.
Edited original post for clarity (though it is the same premise as I have always posed)
But you can still use MB3 server, DVR, iTunes etc with a NAS+HTPC
. None of those things are precluded by using a NAS+HTPC
Does MB3 Require a server to run? No. It doesn't
Does iTunes require a server to run? No. It doesn't.
Does Plex require a server to run? No. It doesn't.
Does transcoding require a server? No, it doesn't.
All of those things can
be done on a HTPC. If you don't have an HTPC, then I'm not sure why you'd be participating in this discussion of ridiculously overpowered HTPCs.
Again, there are some advantages to using a server vs a NAS. No one has said otherwise.
You absolutely can
do any of the things I've mentioned on an HTPC+NAS. For that matter, you don't even need the NAS. Your full blown server isn't going to be able to transcode much when it is turned off either. So suggesting that the NAS+HTPC can't do something because it's turned off is ridiculous. It absolutely can
do it. If you choose to turn your HTPC off, that's fine, and that certainly is a viable reason to want
to choose a server over a NAS. But that's doesn't change the functionality of the HTPC+NAS combo.