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#1 newbie320

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 06:36 PM

Hello,

I am looking to transfer my large sd video collection to a hard drive and connect to my wired network so I can play the videos on all the tv's in my home. I have 3 sony blu ray players hooked up to 3 tv's via wired ethernet connections.

I was thinking of getting a wireless router with gigabit ethernet ports and a usb to connect the ext hard drive thru to accomplish this, but have heard that would be very slow.

Is this the way I should do this? If not what are some better suggestions that I could use to stream the files from the ext hard drive to the blue ray players via wired ethernet connection.

I am stumped. So any help is greatly appreciated...

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 06:47 PM

Depending on how much you want to spend, I would recommend NAS (network attached storage) device with a gigabit (or 2 if you want) port. Connect it to your wired network and you will get much better performance than from a usb device connected to a wireless router.

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 01:11 PM

I've done as The_Outkast says and have two NAS drives on my network I can put video on or off them from the computer, My media player can play the video from them as can my BluRay player.

If worried about durability Western digital for example sells models with two drives that can be set up striped or mirrored their 2TB version is either 2Tb striped or 1Tb mirrored. Mirrored means that the same file is on both drives, striped means that the file is spread across both drives. Striped also increases the risk of losing everything. With striped if either drive goes bad everything is lost. With mirrored if one drive goes bad the other one is still working.

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 01:30 PM

Okay thanks. My sd movies range from 4 to 5gb each. When transfering them to mp4 what file size should I shoot for. Should I stay with 4 or 5gb or is it okay to go lower in mp4 format. I will be streaming my video collection to a 40" and 47" lcd tv's. Thanks for the help.




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