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Music Storage

Postby essex-commuter » Mon Mar 04, 2013 10:43 am

I've talked about similar topics before and I know there is a fair bit of knowledge on here so..

I currently have a pair of Sonos 5's. My music is currently stored on a laptop which is wireless to my router, my router has the Sonos Bridge plugged into it.

I want to store my music in a better way, I don't want to have the laptop on all the time. Broadband in my area is pretty poor, I can't really go down the 'cloud' route.

Would a NAS drive still be my best option? Is there not such a thing as a router with a USB socket into which I could plug a storage drive?
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Re: Music Storage

Postby Greg66 Tri v2.0 » Mon Mar 04, 2013 10:53 am

Both of those will work.

Netgear WNDR 3800/4500 both have USB ports for hard drives (although in the end, I decided it was easier to set up my external USB drives through a USB hub sitting off the main PC. IIRC Win 7 won't let you add network drives to its Libraries, or some such).

NAS drive is probably a better solution.
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Re: Music Storage

Postby nicklouse » Mon Mar 04, 2013 10:56 am

TBH look at the Sonos forums and see what they recomend as i have heard of some problems.

but yes NAS or USB HD into router should be fine.

I have 3 Squeezeboxes running off a Ready NAS Duo.
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Re: Music Storage

Postby Wrath Rob » Mon Mar 04, 2013 11:55 am

I've not got Sonos but I've got 2 storage solutions for my music. First is a Netgear ReadyNas Duo with 2*2TB drives, set up as RAID 1, i.e. one drive is a backup of the other. This is plugged into the router and operates both as a simple drive but also as a media server to other devices, e.g. the WDTV Live and the XBox.

The 2nd is Google Play Music. 20k songs stored in the cloud for free and you can listen to them anywhere you've got a net connection. Not so much use for Sonos unless they hook into it, but great for carrying your entire music collection around with you.
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Re: Music Storage

Postby PBo » Mon Mar 04, 2013 11:59 am

I have LOADS of music on these little silver discs thingies....they work even when my broadband/wifi is down!!

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Re: Music Storage

Postby daviesee » Mon Mar 04, 2013 12:14 pm

A word to the wise, although I may be stating the obvious.

Get at least one back-up drive.

You just know that something is going to go wrong some time.
I have one at home and one in the office in case of fire/flood etc, etc. Handy for listening to music while I work too. :P
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Re: Music Storage

Postby Veronese68 » Mon Mar 04, 2013 12:14 pm

PBo wrote:I have LOADS of music on these little silver discs thingies....they work even when my broadband/wifi is down!!

Silver discs you say? I have black plastic discs with a little groove that goes round and round. Store them on shelves.

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Re: Music Storage

Postby rjsterry » Mon Mar 04, 2013 12:46 pm

PBo wrote:I have LOADS of music on these little silver discs thingies....they work even when my broadband/wifi is down!!


Yeah, mine are stored on my, um, shelf. It's made of wood.
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Re: Music Storage

Postby walkingbootweather » Mon Mar 04, 2013 12:54 pm

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Re: Music Storage

Postby Sketchley » Mon Mar 04, 2013 13:09 pm

I have 2GB buffalo terrastation live raid 5 nas box, with added Twonky. No idea if that'll work with Sonos, but it does the job for me, streaming to PS3, phones, ipad etc while also providing nas shares for the PCs.....
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Re: Music Storage

Postby nicklouse » Mon Mar 04, 2013 13:12 pm

rjsterry wrote:
PBo wrote:I have LOADS of music on these little silver discs thingies....they work even when my broadband/wifi is down!!


Yeah, mine are stored on my, um, shelf. It's made of wood.

my streaming works if the internet does not. and I have lots of silver discs.

and a lot of larger discs with grooves in them. they are not all black.

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Re: Music Storage

Postby Sketchley » Mon Mar 04, 2013 13:17 pm

I have a lot of black discs, over 1,000 of them maybe more, not counted them for a while.....
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Re: Music Storage

Postby rjsterry » Mon Mar 04, 2013 14:00 pm

Sketchley wrote:I have 2GB buffalo terrastation live raid 5 nas box, with added Twonky. No idea if that'll work with Sonos, but it does the job for me, streaming to PS3, phones, ipad etc while also providing nas shares for the PCs.....


If I didn't know better, I'd swear you made them up.
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Re: Music Storage

Postby PBo » Mon Mar 04, 2013 14:30 pm

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Re: Music Storage

Postby PBo » Mon Mar 04, 2013 14:34 pm

rjsterry wrote:
Sketchley wrote:I have 2GB buffalo terrastation live raid 5 nas box, with added Twonky. No idea if that'll work with Sonos, but it does the job for me, streaming to PS3, phones, ipad etc while also providing nas shares for the PCs.....


If I didn't know better, I'd swear you made them up.

This is how it came out in my head....

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Re: Music Storage

Postby paulintheforest » Tue Mar 05, 2013 22:05 pm

I've got a Synology Diskstation Nas serving up all my music to Sonos. It works fine and if you look at the specs they throw all sorts of other functionality in that you may or may not be interested in, such as your own cloud, web server, mail server, torrent client, CCTV IP Camera monitoring.

And for backup I got a second one, they automatically sync with each other overnight to make sure it's all backed up. Next step is to move it to my Mum's for truly off site backups overnight.

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Re: Music Storage

Postby PBo » Wed Mar 06, 2013 14:00 pm

nicklouse wrote:
rjsterry wrote:
PBo wrote:I have LOADS of music on these little silver discs thingies....they work even when my broadband/wifi is down!!


Yeah, mine are stored on my, um, shelf. It's made of wood.

my streaming works if the internet does not. and I have lots of silver discs.

and a lot of larger discs with grooves in them. they are not all black.

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Re: Music Storage

Postby essex-commuter » Fri Apr 05, 2013 08:04 am

Just searching for a NAS and have seen a:

Buffalo Linkstation Live 1TB (1x 1TB) NAS Drive

Would this be OK, anyone have one and recommend it?


Oh and eBuyer.com, never bought from them before, any nasty stories? £70 - seems a good deal, or £105 for the 2TB
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Re: Music Storage

Postby Sketchley » Fri Apr 05, 2013 08:53 am

The buffalo stuff is good, as above I have a terrastation live.

However couple of points,

1. The default dlna server which you need for sonos on the terrstation was a bit rubbish (pc cast iirc). I've subsequently installed twonky media server on the nas box which does the job better. However this involves some hacking..... but instructions where on the web. Twonky media for my nas cost £10.

2. The unit you are looking at is a single 1tb disk. Are you sure this is what you want? Do you have another 1tb drive to backup the collection too. Do you want the faff of having to ensure things as written to both? My box has 4 500gb drives configursed in raid 5 so if one disk fails I don't lose everything. ....
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Re: Music Storage

Postby mudcow007 » Fri Apr 05, 2013 09:29 am

i have 4 terastations all to store a mixture of crap an have never had any issues with em, like most NAS boxes you can choose how you have the arrays set (mean you lose disk space but gain data redundancy)

could be worth getting an old terastation an buying a load of disks (500Gb/ 1Tb) to make it into a huuuge storage box
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