Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Toronto, Canada
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I run two Dune D1's both cat 6 connected to a Linksys router (about 3 years old). The router is connected to a HP Procurve switch. All movies are either full BD rips in ISO format or just the BD movie using ClownBD and are on a Synology DS1512 NAS.
My kids are constantly fighting over which movie they want to watch and so many Friday or Saturday nights I have my 7 year old downstairs watching one BD and my 3 year old daughter watching another. With this configuration I have never had any issues.
Prior to storing all my movies on one NAS, I used to have a Mediasonic external RAID box connected via USB 2.0d up to one Dune unit storing all of my BD's and a smaller Netgear NAS storing my DVD's, pictures, etc. I was never able to watch two BD's at the same time with this setup as the Dune unit which was not directely connected to the Mediasonic box had horrible video stutter. I could however watch a DVD on one and a BD on the other. Was a configuration nightmare.
I am simplifying my explanation here, but the bottom line is, you don't need a high quality router for streaming BD's throughout your home. A good quality NAS or "unraid" PC configuration housing all of your information is more than enough. Speaking from my experience, keeping all of your moveies, etc in one SMB shared location is key.
Will be adding a third Dune box soon. Will be interesting to see what happens....