I don't know what to do - NAS/Sream/Transcode

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I don't know what to do - NAS/Sream/Transcode

Post by imranm » Tue Nov 23, 2010 9:43 am


Firstly apologies if I should start to ask the obvious!

I was initially looking to purchase a NAS for file store, multimedia
network stream to multiple devices (iPad etc) around the house and to
use as a "download" box (Usenet).

However due to the hardware constraints I wasn't overly impressed when
reading user feedback especially with downloading on faster Internet
connections such as 50MB and transcoding video for it to be streamed.

I would like a quiet setup, so I was look at a fan-less motherboard
such as the Asus AT5IONT-I are there any other alternatives? I assume
a case intake / extract fan is still advise?

If you could make any recommendations I'd appreciate it, doesn't have
to be fan-less I am happy to go with a "quiet" fan cooled variant.

It has too...

- Usenet NZB downloads, 50MB Virgin (6mb/sec)
- Handle on the fly transcode/stream Video to iPad, iPhone, PS3 - why
- Do I want an Ion motherboard at the very least?

Many thanks, :mrgreen:

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Re: I don't know what to do - NAS/Sream/Transcode

Post by Cerb » Sun Dec 05, 2010 2:59 pm

Downloading is no big deal. Well, rather, it's not a big technical deal.

On-the-fly video transcoding? Depends on your starting quality and result quality. I would not expect any quiet and inexpensive system to be able to do it, with a file that is indistinguishable from broadcast (unless by, "transcoding," you really just mean demuxing and muxing). On top of that, how well it will work will be highly software-dependent. What software do you use to stream to your devices now, and what performance are you getting from your decent PCs, doing it?

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Re: I don't know what to do - NAS/Sream/Transcode

Post by HFat » Sun Dec 05, 2010 11:53 pm

There are three possible reasons for wanting an Ion server:
-you want to overclock a lot
-you want a full-bandwith PCIe bus
-you're going to make use of whatever hardware video encoding/encoding features the graphics subsystem has
Otherwise Pineview uses less power and is much cheaper.

The Atom boards designed for fanless operation do not need a case fan provided the case is open enough at the right places.

Specialized hardware is much more efficient than CPUs at decoding video streams. I assume it's the same deal when it comes to encoding.

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