Originally Posted by BSpielbauer
Thanks so much. I thought I had read that the jukebox programs ran much faster if they were installed on an SDS Card directly installed on the Dune - correct? Or, is that what you are referring to -- that it would be "stored" on the NAS, and then it can be pushed out to the SDS cards via NFS or SMB? (Excuse my ignorance - as I said, I am still very much a newbie in this area).
the jukeboxes can be accessed directly from a NAS with any of your dunes (just have to create a shortcut to the index). But you need to know 2 things :
1. when using more than one dune you shouldn't use any internal drive containing movie file, this will complicate a lot the scrapping and path management by the jukebox. So the rule is : many dunes = no internal drive = everything on the NAS (jukebox index and movie files).
2. when you store both the index and files on the NAS, there's high chance that you will have to face the dune's double SMB access bug. to avoid it just use NFS to access the jukebox index (you can set this when you will create the shortcut on your dune UI), and SMB path for the files (in the jukebox path configuration). Or the other way round, or everything in NFS, but try to avoid both in SMB.
re. the browsing speed, it all depends on your network. If it's 1Gbs and with a good NAS, the difference is visually small but still noticeable vs local index storage. Check Scottj wiki for details about browsing speed in every possible way (network/local HDD/Local USB thumb/local SSD). The trick is that the jukeboxes uses intensively dune_folder.txt system, and those are very small files but with a lot to be accessed (10/20K files or more, depending on the number or movies/tv Shows you have). So it's not really a problem of bandwidth, but a problem of speed to access files. And local memory will always be faster to access than any network files (but as I said a good network and NAS will make it almost invisible to see).
For the jukeboxe to use, just try them all : best way to sort it is to know if you want an iOS/Android App, if yes try zappiti, 10Muse, Mymovies (this one doesn't do TV show management on their app, but the app is really well done for movies only), if no you can add yadis, DFI or even DuneX if you have a Mac.