muchgooder.com wrote:The storage component of this equation is the easy part. If you want to stream HD video you will need a fairly beefy pc/laptop. In general, you would need a quad core cpu and probably two or three gigabytes of RAM. You should be able to see these characteristics in any pc that you might buy.
It sounds like you are struggling with the basics here. I recommend that you not worry about streaming HD video right now and instead learn how to stream music and non-hd video using simple programs like WMP or Orb.
Hmm, the quality of information in these threads seems to be dropping very rapidly, and it seems you too are confusing things and struggling with the BASICS here muchgooder, and so your passing that bad information on to other new people....
"In general, you would need a quad core cpu and probably two or three gigabytes of RAM"
totally wrong there, you DO NOT NEED anything of the sort FOR Audio/Video (SD/HD upto 1080p+) streaming.
ONLY IF you also WANT TO TRANSCODE or change in some way the said A/V +container content from one form to another on the fly in "Near Realtime" for playback on a device that wont take the originals stored Encode and bitrate etc and play it directly.
to be clear, if your content is AVC/AAC 9Mbit/s ,ref=3,H@L4.0 inside a mp4 container and your client device can play this directly,
then all your Home storage Server need do is push or allow pulling of said content at that 9Mbit/s data rate, NO Transcoding required,
or any other CPU/ram, or even ethernet intensive processing required.
a simple spare PC of any vintage within reason, a few HDs raided and or ISCSI connected (a very good thing) if you like, and a copy of FreeNAS Network Attached Storage application with its built in UPnP is probably all you might need if you already have all your content in direcly playable format for the client app .
its unclear if the PS3 will work here without other releated freenas apps being installed, you will have to actually try it with the FreeNAS VMware Images and a virtualbox install or something for real and report back perhaps, but it does have generic 360 and DLNA profiles so its reasonable to assume it will work fine for directly playable files.
and BTW , hussainwadiwalla if your going to ask about a given bit of kit such as this SQA-5H Home Server you ask about , its good practice and manors to at least do some work and put up at least a direct URL so we dont have to ...http://www.tranquilpc-shop.co.uk/acatalog/SQA-5H.html