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Old Nov 28, 2012, 07:15 PM   #1
mazuma
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Synology Media Server and Backups

Sorry to post another home media server thread, but I've not been able to piece together all the info out there into a definitive answer for what I'm looking for.

As most, I'm outgrowing my current storage setup. I've been storing all my music, photos and handbraked dvds to a 1 TB hard drive. It is getting close to full. I've also have been considering handbraking my blu-rays and adding them to the mix.

Currently I have been streaming my content from a 2008 mac pro to two different atv's. So far, this has been working pretty good. I also have a 1.66 Intel Core Duo mac mini with 2Gb of Ram. I was hoping to start using it at some point to relieve the mac pro. The mac pro is overkill and is more of work machine.

I think I've settled on a synology NAS server. Maybe the DS412+.

What is the best way to set this up for my needs mentioned above? And, how do you handle backups? This is the one item I'm confused on the most. Would I utilize the synology for this as well? Or, do I need a separate hard drive setup for that?

One other item I've read is that some people recommend running cat5e or cat6 to any room possible that has a tv. What is this for?

Thanks for any help or advice.
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