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Why don't you just set up some shares on your Windows box and install PLEX on your Windows 7 machine then?
post #12 of 17
Why not move your storage to a new PC ?

Something you build yourself with an Intel Atom or AMD E processor.
Intel T processors can work to.

I use an AMD E-350 for years and it works great, lots of features and very low energy costs.
A build like this is often cheaper then a quality NAS solution.

Low wattage processors are great for this, its useless to waist all that power on network storage.

Have a look:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007623%204017&IsNodeId=1&name=%24100%20-%20%24200

This is the one i use:
https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/E35M1M_PRO/

I have a raid-1 setup + 2 other drive's in it.
Use it for back-up (network drive's on all other pc's), Streaming, Play full HD on TV in living room
Your raid card should work without any problems to.
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post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by PowerOver9K View Post

Why don't you just set up some shares on your Windows box and install PLEX on your Windows 7 machine then?

I'm aware of the features Plex offers for media, but that wouldn't help for nonmedia, would it? I'm not concerned so much about the media functionality...that's just a plain network share. I want to gear my effort towards having a computer that is capable of FTP with an interface similar to Synology. I only use media related content for myself, but I also use the Synology device to provide software links, such as TiemViewer client, to people that I provide IT services to. People don't need to sign in to anything; just email them a link which they can download a file from.

The only question I really have towards media support is for transcoding purposes...but this is a luxury, not so much a goal. I would like to have something that is also capable of transcoding videos as I stream them to a mobile device. I would have to shell out a decent amount to have a Synology device that handles that task well.
post #14 of 17
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Farih View Post

Why not move your storage to a new PC ?

Something you build yourself with an Intel Atom or AMD E processor.
Intel T processors can work to.

I use an AMD E-350 for years and it works great, lots of features and very low energy costs.
A build like this is often cheaper then a quality NAS solution.

Low wattage processors are great for this, its useless to waist all that power on network storage.

Have a look:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007623%204017&IsNodeId=1&name=%24100%20-%20%24200

This is the one i use:
https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/E35M1M_PRO/

I have a raid-1 setup + 2 other drive's in it.
Use it for back-up (network drive's on all other pc's), Streaming, Play full HD on TV in living room
Your raid card should work without any problems to.

The Win7 machine is almost always on...your suggestion would end up in me shelling out at least $500, and I would essentially have yet another PC always on. I can't see the savings there. Unless someone can say that setting up a VM to manage the server functions is impossible/unrealistic, I don't see how adding another machine to my setup is the better route.

Also, when you say stream, do you mean stream online/outside of the house?

Thanks for your help.
Edited by syn_sic - 2/17/14 at 3:51pm
post #15 of 17
Why don't you run Plex + Filezilla FTP Server set up on a share with the files on it. You hand out what to your clients? Your domain name linked via dynamic DNS to the box or static ip + a file link? I run all my files off a Server 2008 R2 file server running the FTP service and Plex. You can install the FTP feature service into Windows btw but I think you might find Filezilla's server easier to use.
post #16 of 17
Oh and yes, you can set up an Oracle VirtualBox to do this if you want to isolate the system if you want to run a separate OS to get this working. You can throw Ubuntu,Debian,Fedora,your favorite linux distro on the box. You'll be able to get to the shares from your box that you're running it on if you create some shares and have the box on the same network.
post #17 of 17
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Quote:
Originally Posted by PowerOver9K View Post

Why don't you run Plex + Filezilla FTP Server set up on a share with the files on it. You hand out what to your clients? Your domain name linked via dynamic DNS to the box or static ip + a file link? I run all my files off a Server 2008 R2 file server running the FTP service and Plex. You can install the FTP feature service into Windows btw but I think you might find Filezilla's server easier to use.

Synology provides links in the form of my dynamic name + file location (ex: synology.me/sharing/*randomly assigned string here*).

As far as FileZilla/Windows FTP, is it possible to randomize/specify links like I mentioned the Synology does? I've used FZ plenty, but I like the idea of not having to guide a client through a setup for FTP, and just provide them with a link to a single file.

Thanks!
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