Base mac mini as home itunes hub

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by keeper, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. keeper macrumors regular

    Apr 23, 2008

    I'm seeking advise before I buy a mini.

    My current set up is a 2008 macbook pro, with a QNAP 219P NAS and I sync content over to my 1st gen ATV.
    I also run subsonic on the NAS to stream content to phones and my tablet.
    So over all its a little slow and seeing issues with the QNAP firmware, at the moment no Lion users can use time machine via a QNAP NAS, although a fix is on its way.

    To speed things up and take the NAS out i'm thinking of an always on base mini, which will serve as a home hub, I've got 3 1.5 tb disks that I can connect to the mini via USB and use one set with 2 partitions as time machines for the mini and MPB.

    I also have a blu ray rom on order which I can connect to the mini.

    So in the big picture the mini will host all itunes content, plus the time machine drives, and do my ripping of CD;s leaving my old MBP as a general serving duties machine. No games will be played on the mini.
    And i'd guess I may as well replace the ATV and connect the mini direct to TV and AV amp.

    I think i'll also continue to use my dedicated blu ray player for disk watching.

    Would this seem like a good plan before I part with my £520?

    UPDATE: Forgot to add i'll upgrade the ram to 4 or 8 gig.

    Many Thanks Phil

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