So I am looking to build a NAS with
1. DLNA/UPnP AV server
2. Raid 0/1 JBOD support
3. Decent network thruput.
4. Low power use.
I'm thinking Intel Atom with nVidia Ion platform
This is to replace a D-Link DNS-321. After four days of working on it, I'm throwing in the towel.
On paper it looked great. Cheap NAS. Web interface control. Holds two SATA drives with Raid 0, 1, JBOD. Low power consumption. UPnP AV Server (DLNA)
1. Extremely slow transfer rates. ~2.5MB/sec over gigabit network
2. DLNA (AV Server standard) is broken.
3. Doesn't work with 4K sector hard drives.
So I went online to new-egg and started shopping for alternatives. Seems there are a lot of these same devices made by different manufacturers with subtle variations in design. I suspect they are made by some OEM tiawan mfg. And they all suffer from the same design flaw with little to no support.
First off, about " raid 0, 1, JBOD" forget that man, those standard are for chumps. You want RAID5 baby.
1. It allows you to recover from a hard drive failure and use more of your data. All, it will cost you in the loss of 1 drive in your array.
Example, if a 4 drive array, you will have 3 drive's worth of space available. ( 75%)
In a 8 drive array, you will have 7 drive worth of space available. 87.5% available.
In Raid 0, you lose 1 drive and you lose all your data on all drives, RAID 1, you will only be able to use 50% of your data. JBOD is not even raid, its just allows you to display your drives are 1 drive but they remain separate. This would probably be your second best option but kind of a waste for a raid system not to do raid and give you projection against a hard drive breakdown.
I would get a popcorn hour which comes with its own media streaming software. Just use a PC to reference the network drive of your NAS system( or run the software on your NAS as long as it has windows)
What is what I do in my theater setup.