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Old 26-04-2014, 12:11   #1
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Home network advice please.

Hi I would be so grateful for some help here please

I have 4 x 2tb hard drives full of my movies and music. I used to have a Boxee and had 2 plugged into in and the other 2 were plugged into my mac and I'd stream from there. However it broke and I now have a wd tv and can't seem to stream.

Regardless I think I need a better solution. What's the cheapest and easiest way to set up a network so all my devices can access the content of the hds? I'm not very tecchy so something simple would be preferable. Hope this makes sense.

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Not the easiest solution possibly, but IMO certainly the best...

Get yourself a HP Proliant Microserver. I'm not the most techie person in the world, but I got it up and running perfectly with a little support from here (lot of support ) in a couple of days.

http://forums.thedigitalfix.com/foru...light=proliant
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Not the easiest solution possibly, but IMO certainly the best...

Get yourself a HP Proliant Microserver. I'm not the most techie person in the world, but I got it up and running perfectly with a little support from here (lot of support ) in a couple of days.

http://forums.thedigitalfix.com/foru...light=proliant
Cheers Rusty will check it out.
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Yeah, go the Microserver route and install Xpenology on it. Little bit of setting up and then seamless after that. Mac and PC friendly (basically a Linux based NAS OS so anything that supports NFS or Samba should work).
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Just read the first couple of pages and it looks pretty tecchy with all the language being used. Nevertheless I shall persevere, where's the best place to buy from? I tend to use amazon due to their great returns policy, but happy to try elsewhere if better.
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I too would suggest something along the lines of the Proliant server. Remember you will need to install software on it that will actually run the server and also serve the media content to your WD TV

There are plenty of "one stop shop" solutions around such as OpenElec, which are designed for a single install that does everything (as opposed to installing an OS like Windows or Linux and then media server software) but make sure your WD TV will work well with whatever you choose.
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HP often offer a cashback deal on these, but's there're none active at the moment. £189 from an Amazon Marketplace seller looks to be the cheapest for now - might be worth waiting a month or so to see if the £100 cashback deals re-appear, though the base prices also tend to go up a bit then too.
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Xpenology on a pen drive is by far the best solution. Works perfectly with WDTV and with all your mobile devices.
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