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Mines looking pretty svelte thanks John (and Andy). Now how about some some real work please?
Misleading title. This did not tell me how to set up a wireless network. In fact, the only reference to that was when one of the presenters said I would already have one. Nice ad for Sonos, Apple tv etc, though.
Also, given how light on technical content this video is, if you're going to talk specifically about mp3 settings, surely a mention of the different AIFF settings would have been appropriate? Also, what happened to AAC and its settings?
Sorry, What Hi Fi, only one star this time round!
Blimey, there's no pleasing some people! This was meant to be a general introduction to networked media for people who perhaps don't understand the basic concept. We'll be developing more in-depth technical guides to wireless networking in the future.
Hi Andy, I found it very helpful, as IT is NOT my specialist area at all. One question I have, which I am sure you can answer. Is about the NAS drives. Currently my PS3 & Xbox Use the network to stream media from the PC. And as you mentioned on the video unfortunately the PC has to be on.
Do all NAS devices work without the need for a connection to a computer? The reason I ask is because the Freecom 1TB External Network Drive I am looking to purchase, informs me that as well as the External network HDD being connected to the Network, it also needs to be connected to the PC? Is that connection only for the abilty to load information onto the network HDD for streaming purposes? Apologises if this makes no sense
NAS drives sit on the network, not specific computers, so are always on, and can be accessed by any device on the network designed and cofigured to access them. So no, the computer doesn't need to be on.
Just a word of warning on streaming to the 360. I set up all my network to be wireless, with wooden floors and huge lengths of network cable it just seemed to make sense but now I wish that the XBox was wired in. Although there are no problems streaming music to it trying to send a video of a respectable resolution or even HD is completely pointless, the buffering and stuttering makes it unwatchable! You could downscale the resolution of the videos but on a 42" Plasma they just look shocking. My advice is keep it all wired, especially if you are watching movies or buy a decent USB stick and just put the data on that and plug it straight into the console.
I agree. I used to run mine wirelessly on an n network but it couldn't handle HD films. Have since hard wired it and it works far more smoothly.