I have a few questions relating to the media streaming capabilities of the SSII 1TB device over ethernet. I have spent many hours researching this forum and other websites, and the question I have may have an obvious answer but hopefully I can get an answer before I shell out £169.99 for the device next week.
Basically at the moment I'm using a Freecom 500GB LAN network drive, connected by ethernet cable via a router and switch. With this I can achieve the following:
*Access the shared folder through standard SMB sharing, eg: \\Freecom\Music, Video etc through *Stream the media files to a computer on my network, or an XBOX running XBMC media centre software (e.g. just opening them up and streaming from the SSII, with the receiving device doing the decoding and playing etc)
Now I see a lot of talk about media streaming using UPnP and a compatible media streaming adapter - but I don't understand, why would that be needed? Is that for the scenario where the device playing the files (eg hifi, TV) only RECEIVES them ready to play and doesn't actually execute the files and the varying formats such as MP3 / XVID?
Like I mentioned I simply require the SSII device to allow me to do the same thing as my current freecom networked drive - allows me to access and stream the contents of my folders, whether they be media or other files, to other computers or consoles on the network. Since they will be the devices actually opening the files, am I right in assuming the need for this UPnP media adapter is not necessary?
Or will the SSII device simply not allow media streaming period over an ethernet / wireless router without this type of adapter?
Thank you in advance for any replies, I hope I have made my query clear but I can clarify if needed.
Until the drive fail a few days agao, I was using it for backup and as my music server. I had it plugged into a gigabit switch and was using a Sonos device. I stored my music files on the MSS and configured my Sonos to look there for the music. The UI has an option to set up the media server, it's pretty easy. If you plan on buying one of these, buy a second USB drive to backup too. When the MSS goes belly up, you'll be glad you had the backup.