I'm going to be setting up a whole new network and streaming system in my house. Will most likely use XBMC for the living room and Plex to stream wireless. The objectives are:
1. Stream 1080p and music to my stereo and TV in the living room
2. Stream movies and music wirelessly to ipad/phones/androids
3. Have a centralized, large capacity, RAID 6 system
Everything will be hooked up via gigabit LAN, with an HP 1810-48G managed switch. The switch supports LACP (link aggregation).
I originally wanted to do a Synology 1813+ for a NAS, and an Intel NUC (haswell model) for the HTPC.
Now the NAS supports link aggregation, as well as the switch, so I can use 4 gigabit ports together to increase bandwidth of video streaming to users on the network. The NAS can do about 350 MB/sec read, and the 4 aggregated ports could push over that. So this way I could stream multiple 1080p videos to multiple clients and not worry about traffic being jammed up.
But I’m realizing that the NAS isn't going to be able to transcode anything quickly. It's not a problem when I’m watching something on the HTPC in the living room because the NUC is doing the transcoding. But it is a problem to stream to wireless, much less multiple wireless.
I could use the NUC as an always-on transcoder, but it only has a sinle gigabit port, and would run into bandwidth bottlenecks trying to send multiple streams.
Is a legit server the only way to do what i want to do? I don't really want to do the server because it's a lot more power (electricity bil, heat, etc), and is required to be on 24/7. It's much louder than an NAS, and to put it anywhere out of the way would require me to do stuff like mod fans in a closet for ventilation (I don't have a basement, live in texas so I can't put it in the garage).
It would also be more expensive with a hardware RAID card (a good one, not some hardware RAID that's actually software) and a 4-port gigabit NIC card. not to mention after like 5-6 hard drives I have to start looking into a bigger case, or extra enclosures.
Does anyone have any suggestions or advice?
P.S. I know everything here is a bit expensive. I don't want to go crazy on spending, but I want equipment that will do everything correctly, preferably look nice, and has room to expand. So budget is basically "within reason." I do not want like a dual xeon server or anything. Heat and electricity are already a problem for me with my main computer though.