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How to organize a home media server?

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On the one hand have a PPPoE shny ethernet cord, with the other 2 PC's, several phones and a Samsung TV 8th generation.
Task — downloading movies means PC+torrent to a network location and the view from the TV. All joints must occur over Wi-Fi. The budget — to 10 thousand.

In each PC you intend to insert something like a ASUS PCI-N10

As storage: Hard disk SATA-3 2Tb Hitachi 7200rpm [HDS723020BLA642] Cache 64MB. Which one do you advise to choose for the drive? I was aiming for in some of the cheap, as the task is not important.

I hope to help in choosing a router. TP-Link does not offer — a sad experience. Preferably something that can broadcast basic functionality without wrt firmware. The apartment has four bedrooms but walls, dir-300 through one wall gives 10% of the signal. Ie or router with powerful antennas, or some kind of external antenna.
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Definitely a router from Cisco, Apple, Asus take have 5 Ghz and wifi N, as a media server, you can use any PC with samba Protocol rocking torrents or rtorrent+rutorrent or Transmission
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If the storage needs are centralized, it would be cool to put a separate NAS server, which will revolve SMB to access files from computers and the torrent (will be enough to throw .torrent file in a special folder and the NAS itself will deflate) file.
And then downloaded torrents can be played either on the computer or on your TV if it supports these things.
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In terms of NAS, you can use any simple computer on which you can run FreeNAS ( www.freenas.org/ ).
Administer FreeNAS through the browser like any ordinary router.
There are several different simple network devices for storage, which use x86 and it gives you the opportunity to put the same FreeNAS.
For example, something like this:
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The device is no longer available (there is a newer model) so the price can be quite affordable.
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What router to offer? I would suggest a custom pfsense is also on, but often it's a bit too much, so will offer the same Asus RT-N16 and its a series. Or, for example, a Linksys WRT600N.
If a lot of torrents, it is better, of course, something on dd-wrt and with a large amount of memory that would be pulled without problems. Here on the website of dd-wrt to pick up something even.
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We strongly recommend to pay attention to the Mikrotik as the router. No busy and tplink do not know what can this handsome. In fact, this fiscal option is Cisco, which is really lucky.
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This model has onboard Gigabit, what is real has become a necessity in a home media network, in my opinion.
Configures the multicast and receive the opportunity from all of your devices to watch video/TV/radio without overhead traffic.
In General, I recommend to read.
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> TP-Link does not offer — a sad experience.
A bit offtopic, but still...
On a current job regularly take stuff in for repair, and skladyvaetsya the impression that on the basis of one or two failures people flatly refuse to manufacturers, considering that a "personal bad experience more than statistics." Just keep hearing something in the spirit of "that's just the Western/Hitachi/Samsung/Seagate (underline) do not offer, and then he had me/my brother/my aunt recently broke down".
TP-Link — a normal, good manufacturer. Excuse, if than the reserve.
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My network is organized on the basis of Mikrotik ROUTERBOARD 751U-2HND. Works perfectly. 3 laptops, 2 mobile devices, 4 PC and 2 TV. I thought I couldn't take out) were Taken. Of the minuses — the difficulty in setting up for the average VA) Kompensiruet what this device can do EVERYTHING. Its capabilities are limited only by the depth of Your knowledge and frankness of hands. Need help — write) Give links to Step By Step manuals.
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I think it is important two points
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1) the Author simply does not fit the router that performs the functions of file storage (with a drive connected via usb). For not the speed. In all routers I had the speed here is absolutely terrible. Not the fact that enough even for watching movies. Not that for their downloads. It is a feature of usb and file systems and curves of the drivers from Linux for the routers.
That is, you need a router + NAS. The router distributes the network devices, NAS provides access to the hard disk and shakes torrents.
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2) the Router must be powerful enough. Watching movies is really a huge burden on the router. Budget models like the Asus Rt-N10 can not cope. If you don't want to get into a situation when your roommate includes a film and you immediately cuts off the Internet. Or for example, have to cut down all the torrents to watch the movie.
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That is your choice: budget NAS drive 1-2 terabyte (4000-5000r) and a powerful router (3500-5000r). Just elozetes to your limit.
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From Rotrou can porekomendovat ASUS Rt-N16, Linksys E3200, Linksys E4200 , etc. If you watch movies via wifi, it is possible for you to be a better router supports 5 GHz. But powerful enough routers with such support are beginning to handle for 5000r. Plus they worse avoid obstacles, in an apartment with 3 rooms and thick walls it can be critical.Also there are other Gabrieli different options to offer.
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Of any budget NAS with support for 1Gbit network. For example WD My Book Live, SEAGATE FreeAgent GoFlex Home, IOMEGA Home Media Network, there are other options. It is interesting that most of the cost of the NAS is hard disk.
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\rImportantly Google and search your NAS is compatible with the router. Of course these problems can always be solved, but if the default settings they don't work together, you can lose time.
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Do not pursue cheapness — just puncture. Take the reliable and proven options.
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WD My Book Live + Linksys E3200 work, but in a crappy WD media server Twonky 5.0 — definitely need to install something else. OS = Debian. I do not advise to upgrade to WD automatically, fresh firmware very zabagovan, and rollback do not allow, before the upgrade I advise you to read the latest information on appropriate forums.
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