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Old 06-08-2011, 06:16 AM - Thread Starter
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Looking for a personal cloud NAS server that has the following capabilities:

1. Remote-access from anywhere in the world that has internet-access.
2. Cross-OS functionality (Windows 7, Vista, XP, OS X 10.6+, Linux)
3. Stream video files (mkv, mpg, avi, mp4, mov, wmv) to my laptops/desktops directly from the NAS over the Internet.
4. Stream music (mp3) to my laptops/desktops directly from the NAS over the internet.

Issues I have heard about:
1. Inability to play mkv files.
2. Audio/video become out-of-sync when fast-forwarding/clicking ahead in a movie.
3. Clunky, cumbersome software add-ons needed for access.

I have researched the following to a greater or lesser degree, but it's been hard sifting through the occasionally cryptic descriptions of their respective marketing departments.

LG 2TB Network Attached Storage N2A2DD2
Iomega 1TB Home Media Network Storage Drive
Iomega 1TB Home Media Network Hard Drive Cloud Edition
Iomega 2TB StorCenter ix2-200 Network Storage Cloud Edition
Seagate BlackArmor NAS110 3TB Network Attached Storage
Seagate BlackArmor® NAS 110 1TB
Buffalo Technology LinkStation Quad 2.0TB NAS - LS-Q2.0TGL/RS
Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Net Media Sharing Device
Netgear 1TB ReadyNas Duo (1x1TB) Gigabit
Storage 1TB Home Media Network Server DLNA Certified
Western Digital My Book Live 3TB NAS
Buffalo 2TB LinkStation Pro VS-Series NAS

Please share your well-informed responses, preferably derived from your personal experiences, regarding the aforementioned uses and issues.

Thank you very much for your time.
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Old 08-18-2013, 05:51 AM
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Hi Andrew,

although this thread is pretty old, I'm actually now searching for the same Personal Cloud NAS solution which you have described above.

Could you please kindly share with us, which product you finally purchased to fulfill your multimedia needs?

Thanks & best regards, jimbo
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You should check out Ultraviolet.
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I personally use subsonic
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The only system which will do what you want reliably and easy is a full blown PC running Plex. The PC can transcode in real time making the content play smoothly over the Internet.

A NAS is no good as it does not have the processing power to transcode media hence the PC.

If you have a extremely fast internet connection on all ends then a NAS might do, get a Synology or QNAP NAS and enable WebDAV support, install XBMC on each PC and add the WebDAV location into it, XBMC can them remotely access your NAS and play the media that way.

If you dont have a fast internet connection then you must convert all your media into compressed H.264/MP4 and Synology's videostation service can stream the video (for best results in Handbrake enable internet optimized feature).
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