January 14, 2009

SqueezeCenter on Linkstation Pro

Back in 2007 I bought a Buffalo Linkstation Pro with the intent of installing SqueezeCenter (then called Slimserver) on it. Well, I never got around to actually installing the software but last night, thanks to this post in the Slimdevices forums, I got it installed and running in less than 30 minutes! I had already installed the referenced JTYMOD firmware so that cut the install time down by at least 30 minutes but, still, it was a piece of cake. And now my music library is available all the time! If the performance remains as good as it seemed to be last night, I may not bother installing another server and just stick with the Buffalo.

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January 12, 2009

fit-PC vs. NAS

I haven't been leaving my servers powered on for a while, now. Not having them available led me to purchase a Buffalo Linkstation Pro a while back. I'm really quite happy with Buffalo's implementation -- with just a little work on my part, I can SSH into the device and set up some additional services that aren't already available. But, it comes with a print server, which gives me access to my USB printer over the network. But I'm still not able to run SqueezeCenter for my media. Yes, I could hack at my Linkstation some more and get it to run there but it doesn't address any backup issues -- sure, I can recreate the library by re-ripping all of my CDs but who wants to spend a couple of weeks doing that?

So, I've been considering purchasing or building a RAID NAS. QNAP has some really nice arrays that come equipped with MySQL, phpMyAdmin, NFS, DLNA and a number of other nice facilities but are pretty pricey ($300 for a 2-disk TS-209 II, $400 for a 4-disk TS-409 Pro Turbo and nearly $600 for a 5-disk TS-509 Pro, all without disks). They're professional quality RAID devices, though, and come with excellent support ... and SqueezeCenter should drop right onto them without a hitch.

But, I'm considering going a completely different route. The fit-PC Slim takes a different approach. It's a small, low-power PC with wireless and USB on which you can run Linux or XP. So, I'm thinking I could buy one of those (for around $250, diskless), install my own 2.5" ATA disk ($100, if I don't like any of the ones I have laying around), install Linux, plug in a USB drive (another $100 if I don't like what I already have) and, instead of RAID, run a cron job to rsync my precious filesystems.

Whatcha think?

(Yeah, Chad, I know, I really need to get comments fixed, don't I? :)

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