(2012-05-21 23:10)noobius Wrote: The picture looks great- no tearing or pixilation, the movie pauses about a dozen times and buffers for about 10 seconds...
Was the My book live NAS a bad choice for storage? My thinking was that if I were to have multiple HTPC's it would be nice to have all my media on a single drive. Do most of you have an external drive connected directly to your HTPC?
Definitely the wifi.
It's not that it can't work, lots of people get successful setups that way. However, wifi is a common failure point when streaming media.
Is your NAS box connected directly to your router, or is it on wifi as well?
Personally, my system has all my drives internally. The case noted in the op officially holds three, but you can cram two more in under the proper drive bays. Double sided foam tape is your friend - secure and vibration dampening! That said, I'd actually recommend the NAS route myself, as it eliminates a host of other issues: heat, limited physical space, etc.
But, to make an NAS box shine, it must have a wired connection to your network, and ideally your htpc should too. If you must have the htpc wireless, and you do have your NAS box wired, there are steps. You can take to get a better signal to your HTPC. Elevate your router, minimize obstructions (walls may be unavoidable, but have as few objects in the path as possible), definitely don't have electrical appliances in between the two (particularly things with motors, microwaves, refrigerators, etc.