Originally Posted by DigitalKnight
Searched the forums and this thread is the closest that talks about the Seagate Dockstar NAS adaptor.
I am trying to find out if it is possible to stream Bluray rips from a 2TB drive attached to the Dockstar to a TViX player.
Since no one can answer your question directly, I may be able to provide some info that hints at the answer. Since I bought the FAT+, I've been streaming DVD rips from my Seagate DockStar (poor man's NAS) over wireless-G connection. Once I got the wireless router properly placed to maximize the signal, the streaming performance has been flawless. As to HD, I have also been able to stream broadcast HD titles, recorded on my TiVo HD, from the DockStar through the FAT+; again without issue over a lowly wireless G connection. If you are wondering if the DockStar has the throughput to stream a BD rip over a wired 100baseT network, I would say yes. I sent a 20GB BD rip (the .m2ts file) to the DockStar from my PC (wired 100baseT) and it took less than 1 hr for the write operation. So I would say the DockStar has enough bandwidth on a read operation (as long as you are pulling a single stream) to stream a BD rip. If you are really curious, I could pull a BD rip from the DockStar to my PC and see how long it takes.
Originally Posted by srauly
The only other thing I can report is that I played a couple of high-def (Blu-ray rip) files and seemed to notice a very subtle pause every so often. It wasn't terribly bothersome, and I even second-guessed myself as to whether I was really seeing it (a good thing I guess), but I do think it was real, and considering that I was playing the files via my locally-connected USB drive, this probably doesn't bode well for network playback, which is how I would need my boxes to work inside my home.
I would be curious what kind of USB HDD you are using. For the past couple days, I've been using a 1 TB FreeAgent Go drive direct-connected (USB) to the FAT+ to stream BD rips. I have connected the Go drive by either USB cable to the front port or docking it in the top cradle. I have been watching these videos very intently -- not really watching the movie but studying the picture on the screen, trying to judge whether or not the PQ difference of BD vs. DVD was worth it for me -- and have not seen anything that even remotely resembles a slight pause in playback. IMHO the performance has been great and playback has been flawless -- and I like the fact that the FAT+ will play a BD .ISO file. Just makes life easier for me.
On a general note: I like the 1.55 UI just fine. It is clean and simple. I'm not a thumbnail kind of guy, I like titles. As was mentioned the FAT+ UI uses the whole width of the screen to display the title names and has sort/search keys to facilitate selection. The response of the UI to key-presses is not instantaneous but is fast enough for the patient -- actually quite a bit faster than changing channels on my TiVo so I'm used to it. When streaming from network shares, the drilling through network layers is tedious and I do wish there was an effective shortcut to a NAS share. But there isn't and from what I read, all media players suffer from this so the FAT+ is no worse in that regard. All in all this box does exactly what I need it to do: streams DVD rips, BD rips, decrypted TiVo HD files and Netflix. It does it with very few hiccups. It's never crashed on me and the only infrequent glitch I've experienced is that it will get out of HDMI synch with my AVR and lose audio on occasion after a FF or RW. This is easily corrected by RW at 1X for a couple seconds then hitting play again. If I can keep my girls quiet during a movie so I don't have to RW a scene, I never have a problem. With an eye to the future the only additional feature I would really like to have is some sort of NAS support like the "WD Live+" so I could access an attached USB drive over the network. That way, I could tuck a 2TB external drive/power adapter in behind it and never worry about having to pull it out for loading. But I will say that in lieu of NAS support, these dockable FreeAgent Go drives fit the bill, are really convenient and carry 5yr warranties.