Originally Posted by randallp
Thank you for the link and the additional information. I've been happy with what I have been reading about the Buffalo TeraStation Home Server 2.0TB. RAID 5 helps with data loss and now that we have more and more electronic data, I'm trying to build in as much redundancy and failsafe as possible
What are you using as your media extender? What are your thoughts about the product?
If by an extender you mean media player I use Philips Streamium Sl-400 which can play MP3, wav, wma, divx and jpeg/gif. An interesting feature of SL-400 is that it has an S/PDIF output which means that I can make it decompress WMA Lossless files from the NAS and then feed my amp a clean PCM signal and let it's D/A converters do the job. Most A/V receivers contain much better D/A converters than any media players, PC's etc. SL-400 is also equipped with wi-fi which means less cable to run in the house and that Buffalo linkstation can be placed anywhere you want, although in proximity to the router.
My setup is: Buffalo Linkstation as a NAS storage but also running the actual media server (Twonkymedia). Twonkymedia reads the WMA Lossless files from Linkstation's hardrive and "serves" it to Streamium. Streamium decompresses WMA Lossless to standard PCM which it then feeds to the receiver, which in turn converts PCM to analog and amplifies it driving the speakers. Buffalo is connected via ethernet to a wireless router which via Wi-Fi (G) connects to Streamium. Streamium is connected to my SONY receiver via S/PDIF and to my TV via component (progresive) which allows to see its menu on the big screen and also to watch DIVX'd movies if you want that. (my kid has 120GB of cartoons stored on the NAS).
Bufalo LInkstation HDHLAN does not offer any advanced RAID capabilities but if has never failed in two years and if you are really looking for security/redundancy of RAID you can always attach a USB Hardrive to it and schedule automatic backups. Backups via USB 2.0 are pretty fast and when scheduled at night will interfere with operation of the device.
I think RAID is a little bit of an overkill for media, also not all of the Linkstations have been "opened" (or hacked) allowing to install custom software, such as Twonkymedia.
I suggest you look up these two websites:www.linstationwiki.netwww.twonkymedia.de
There is a lot of info there regarding both NAS and DLNA media servers...