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    Quote Originally Posted by MacGyverSG1 View Post
    shaina, If you read my post correctly, you would have noticed that I wrote that I have (7) internal HDDs and (1) internal SSD (that is 8 SATA ports on my MB). Seven HDDs is not enough space (all internal HDDs are 5TB+). The external HDDs are 3TB or 4TB. My next option would be to get a NAS, but they are expensive (the good ones anyways).
    Oh i read your post on this buddy, i am just trying to figure out what the fuck are you downloading to fill up 35TB internal give or take for games and some programs!!!. I know by any means it is not my business, but come on McGyver!!! that is insane!!!, and i am crazy and heck even Cabby is crazy (we discuss this every once and a while), but that is really insane!!! now you say you have another x amount for external??!! Again that is just insane!!!, you will be in heaven before you can watch everything you have downloaded!!!..I can download a ton of shit!! but half of it i skim through and delete it if it is shit!!, like a lot of the B movie shit that is uploaded on the servers, to me it is a waste of space and i don't bother keeping it, and no one in the household will ever watch it either.. All the best to you buddy, or should i say you are a Audio and Video whore hoarder

    Comca$t in my area wants an extra $30 /month for Unlimited. They didn't add that feature to stay competitive (but to make more money), there is no other option for high-speed Internet (which I also wrote in previous post).
    I know that Comcast Xfinity now in Florida where i stay in Hollywood, they deal, i call retention like i do here and got better promotions, so they will deal, and this is in a condo that part of it is paid in the maintenance and the rest my mother-in law, and i do it here with rogers as well. Now don't jump down my throat and i can assume you are using SSL to download, so they see how much but don't know shit on what?? Forget all that VPN crap !! I never used it for downloading, i used it when i wanted to get the US Netflix programing that's all....

    It would cost me more than $500 to build another computer to use just for streaming.
    What you are telling me on the space you have and all the HDD's no doubt it will cost more!! Still insane, but i was told a long time ago you shouldn't really have those enclosures on 24hrs a day?? The one i have with a fan is a bit better, but some of them only have thermal shells and that is not the greatest for the drives??

    What program are you using for streaming?? If you don't mind me asking??

    I never called anyone. Some Comca$t subcontractor that handles "bandwidth abuse" calls me. I asked for a supervisor when they told me there is no limit, but I'm using too much bandwidth. I get the same message from them. They don't care if Comca$t looses customers. I called Comca$t and they had no idea what I was talking about. Back then their Internet service never had a limit (written in print), not until they had customers like us. The problem was high bandwidth users were slowing things down for other customers on the same node. Then Comca$t started monitoring bandwidth use and hired a company to contact customers that were deemed bandwidth abusers. Monopolies can do what they want, especially when politicians are complicit.
    Fuckin Call!!! What will it hurt?? Especially if you are a good customer and been with them for a long time?? Forget your politics crap!! we all don't have the best choices if you want the better quality ISP!!, so you work with what you got and try to get the best deal to put the money towards your new NAS buddy

    If you look at Rogers site?? and look at the prices they show, i am paying less than half, of what is posted on there, that is the truth!!! And i have been with them for umpteen years!!. EG. I was with Bell, which would be your at&t, and i had there internet for a short time and it was shit compared to Broadband in my area, and i slowly moved all my services to Rogers and i have no contract, i can cancel anytime, and when the promotions come close to expiring, i call them back ask for retention and get the best deal i can, and most of the time it goes up maybe $5 a month, and they give me better cable channels or something, but the last time i called them it actually went down, because they knew i was really pissed on the cost they show on the web page, and i am a loyal customer!!!!
    Again it doesn't hurt to try...
    Just a suggestion and trying to help buddy

    PS. I should tell you that when i am in Florida, i don't really download that much, i get my son to send me stuff on the Google Cloud, in December a ton of screeners usually come out and i watch them there when i go back late to what i call the shoe box (condo is not that big) , and retrieve and put on a 64GB key that i bought at your best buy cheaper than i could buy here including the Tax and Exchange!!!, and i just leave that one there......
    Again just sayin
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    Clearly you don't understand the concept of not having much money.

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    I mostly have movies. I hardly ever download games or apps. Don't have a powerful video card to play games, plus no interest anymore. It's true that I probably could never watch all the movies I have, but I'll try. I only download movies that I think I'll like or know I like. The problem is I like all kinds of movies.

    Comca$t does not negotiate in my area. They don't care how long I've been a loyal customer. They could care less if I dropped their service. I've talked to them many times. The best they do is give a $5 credit for one month. They know I don't have another choice. The cable companies are unregulated and can do whatever they want. With Ajit in charge of FCC, it's only going to get worse.

    BTW, I use KODI to play videos and music. It's easy to view shared folders on all my HDDs and it plays everything I throw at it. The android boxes work great (Shield TV and Minix NEO-U1).
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacGyverSG1 View Post
    BTW, I use KODI to play videos and music. It's easy to view shared folders on all my HDDs and it plays everything I throw at it. The android boxes work great (Shield TV and Minix NEO-U1).
    Plex, Emby, Universal Media Server ??
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    Upnp servers are a bit crappy, an NFS share or minidlna depending on if you share direct off the drive or it is on a PC. I do both with many Pi clients. minidlna is really just for my audiostreams folder.

    Samba also works fine on the odroid\debian for movie shares but usually I move those onto one of my PC drives and NFS `em as required.

    Just try one out, they go for about 60 so might be worth having a play just to see, you can always resell on ebay if you don`t get on with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gribley View Post
    Upnp servers are a bit crappy, an NFS share or minidlna depending on if you share direct off the drive or it is on a PC. I do both with many Pi clients. minidlna is really just for my audiostreams folder.
    Samba also works fine on the odroid\debian for movie shares but usually I move those onto one of my PC drives and NFS `em as required.
    Just try one out, they go for about 60 so might be worth having a play just to see, you can always resell on ebay if you don`t get on with it.
    Not really sure about Samba Gribley?? I know the advantages of the 3 i mentioned also have to do with all the encoders built into the programs, eg. surround sounds, and picture image quality itself. No need to load up other crap to play certain formats, does everything on the fly.....

    That's why i also assumed they are now all available on all OS's as well EG. Macs, Linux, Windows, and have some features that make searching and file sorting better??
    And you can keep the HDD cleaner and more efficient in that way, and most brand name and popular streaming box's and smart tv's and even game consoles work with the licensing...

    Again you can always use what you prefer, there is no really right or wrong answer or setup, always your choice. But if you look at most big setup media households today, Plex is the best known one out there, and even look at the menu's of Netflix, Amazon etc., they are very similar in ease of use. Again i am talking internal network streaming in the house, not xbmc or the rename kodi features of using outside internet to stream....

    You can call UPNP crappy?? but for everyone in the house to have easy streaming and no trouble's playing anything, that is the way to go, and it is very pretty/professional looking and no fuss, in searching for anything you want.....
    Last edited by shaina; 11-01-2018 at 04:45 PM.
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    I have a playon lifetime license and don`t use it. That did my n'flix but with Kodi 18 didn`t need it anymore with inputstream Plex I gather is much the same.

    As an external drive then whacking an odroid in the mix just gives options, many many options whilst keeping the core premise

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gribley View Post
    I have a playon lifetime license and don`t use it. That did my n'flix but with Kodi 18 didn`t need it anymore with inputstream Plex I gather is much the same.

    As an external drive then whacking an odroid in the mix just gives options, many many options whilst keeping the core premise
    Sure but if you have multiple TV's/Media trying to access all of your library of crap?? Attaching one external drive to a TV won't work right??

    And to Odroid and Pi's are tinker projects and require a lot of programing and stuff, but don't get me wrong great also for emulators of old games and stuff, but not for an efficient media in a whole household?? It is like these stupid Google round things my kids have all over the house!!!!. To me they are dumb, but to them it is the lazy future

    If you want to give me the Playon license to tinker with i am in Just kidding buddy, and still Playon is not really a big player on household media builds in my opinion.

    Really Gribley.. Take a guy who just bought a few tv's and surround sound systems for his house and wants to set up an efficient way to stream everything?? Movies, Music, media etc... and he does want to do everything in a cost efficient way?? But also wants ease of use and not waste a ton of time setting it up?? Hens the UPNP methods right?? and have less breakdown and ease of updates and all of that??
    Your way is great for tinkering and stuff, but not for an everyday guy or a lazy guy that doesn't want to have steaming and setup problems all the time, and when he turns on anything?? a few buttons clicked and he is there!!
    Would you really recommend your setup to a person like that??
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    Shay, don`t knock the KODI. A Pi3 running KODI is as good as it gets (give or take 10bit HEVC which it does manage just with a little bit of toasting - aka it gets hot for a passive solution)

    odroid HC2 would be both the external drive and a bitchin` server if setup that way, I see no reason it couldn't service all local network requests. It does require some involvement to setup but the rewards are there for those that push through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gribley View Post
    Shay, don`t knock the KODI. A Pi3 running KODI is as good as it gets (give or take 10bit HEVC which it does manage just with a little bit of toasting - aka it gets hot for a passive solution)

    odroid HC2 would be both the external drive and a bitchin` server if setup that way, I see no reason it couldn't service all local network requests. It does require some involvement to setup but the rewards are there for those that push through.
    No argument here on you setup or methods Buddy, and you should know me by now i would never knock you, but take a guy that is not interested in a lot of setup and wants ease of use?? Go buy an inexpensive Firestick or some streaming box, and even if the costs is a bit higher on a better box, you will have it for many many years!!
    And it sits in front of the tv and your PC be it wifi or wired in the room you want and done....Now install Plex and done, or if you want to spend a bit subscribe to the other features of Plex and done. Everything looks neat and in it's own shiny box and done.. Or you have a newish TV that is smart and the same goes with that, load Plex and done. But if you are looking for free to air type stuff or looking for TV live stations because you have no other source?? Kodi is it for sure, and i would never knock kodi, it does have it's positives, but you have to be willing to stay on top of the changes when say one of the connections gets shut down, and the search goes on...
    EG. i use to use it for some news channels that i couldn't get through cable, but then it became a pain in the ass with freezes and no connections, the same with streaming movies direct?? it would have a ton of links, some would work and some were just shitty quality picture. The same for the UFC fights?? Now i just find direct links for a Pentium I5 laptop that has a HDMI connection and use that, and i found some direct links for the news stations if i really want to use them (Have most of them on Cable now).
    So again buddy if it works for you great!!, but i just like simple setups and actually now i am just eliminating crap. I just bought a new smart TV because one of my plasma's finally blew up, now i got rid of all the shit i had to use to stream with, PS3 and all other crap, and now i can do everything right through the tv, the only pain in the ass is the tv also had a tuner built in but the way the cable companies work and to keep the pirating down you still have to use there digital terminal boxes to view!!!, that's all i need connected now, and all of this filters through the amp, and a lot less wires and mess...
    Again there was no intention to disrespect your setup at all, i just prefer less shit and have pretty much all the benefits of quality streaming. Being real, there is still a ton of people that go out and have 100's of Blu-ray disks, to them that is the quality they are looking for to watch?? Myself who the fuck wants all that shit all over the place!!, and with multiple tv's in my house, you would never be able to find the disks or just myself too fucking lazy.
    But i do like tinkering, and my sons girlfriend has on of the original Pi's, and uses it for an emulator of old nes and other games, and to let you know she has her Masters in Computer Engineering


    PS. The odroid HC2 sounds and looks interesting too, i am going to check it out on the net, and tell my sons girlfriend about it as well..
    Thanks Buddy
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    Quote Originally Posted by IdolEyes787 View Post
    Clearly you don't understand the concept of not having much money.

  10. Software & Hardware   -   #30
    KODI is very simple if you are just playing videos shared on a PC. You don't need to install any extras. Nothing will get shut down.

    Now Plex is confusing and didn't work for me. I tried it out when I got my NVIDIA Shield TV. Setting it up was confusing and I gave up and went back to KODI. Was up and running in less than a minute.

    I guess the moral of the story is, use what works for you.

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