This is really about backup and storage, but am looking to ensure idiot-proof music streaming. There are no plans for video streaming.
I'm helping a friend with multi-room music. Nothing's been purchased yet, but Sonos and a MacBook Pro are firm choices. The environment needs to be simple to set up (me) and even simpler to use (her). No elaborate RAID arrays or audiophile solutions will be considered. There is an existing router in the house which will be used unless it’s shown to be inadequate.
(Might make an exception for RAID if I can be sold on simplicity, effectiveness and low cost, but everything I read says that won't happen. All I've ever done for myself is daisychain 4 external HDs to my Mac and call it a day; no issues ever. I’m not a computer enthusiast; just want to set it and forget it.)
As far as storage goes, she has the usual stuff: photos, home movies, personal business, and a semi-chunky iTunes folder (mp3) currently residing on the existing Dell PC (+ 1 backup HD maybe). Additionally, some 3-400 CDs will be ripped to ALAC. Not confirmed yet, but I'm sure everything would easily fit on 2TB.
I understand that I will need a NAS setup to effectively and/or easily work Sonos, yes? We want to bypass the laptop to use Sonos. Keep the laptop light and nimble, free of all archived files.
I've never set up a NAS before; doesn't appear to be difficult. Makes I'm looking at include Synology (a 2-bay unit), or a couple WD MyBooks. Both seem popular, and are said to be good with Sonos.
Can a NAS be partitioned like a normal HD? Music/videos/photos archived in one large partition, and a smaller partition left open to routine laptop backups? If this is so, would a pair of NASs be set up exactly the same?
Assuming I'm on the right track here, is a pair of 2TB NASs all I need? Maybe an additional regular HD for archived storage off-site?
Not quite on-topic, but my impression is that AirPort Time capsule has conflicts with NAS and/or Sonos. Any comments here are appreciated as well. Solutions that keep Sonos idiot-proof will take precedence over automated backups.
Any links to basic NAS description / instruction, or even just search terminolgy, are welcome.
Thanks in advance!