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Mac mini or NAS?

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Jul 3, 2013 6:54 AM

I'm considering getting rid of my NAS and pc and getting an macbook and a mac mini. I've got a wireless router, and Sonos, and want to be able to stream all my music and phtos wirelessly to Sonos and to my macbooks from a central location. In time this will evolve to streaming other media such as movies etc..

 

 

What do I need? Is a mac mini enough? Does it have to be the server version or a normal version?

 

I come from a PC world, so setting this up with apple seems rather different.

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  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,065 points)
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    Jul 3, 2013 7:15 AM (in response to mapuche71)

    Yes, you can do what you propose. You don't need the Mini server version.

     

    I come from a PC world, so setting this up with apple seems rather different.

     

    It is - a Mac and a PC are about as different as apples and... ice cubes, but a Mac can use a NAS the same way as anything else.

     

    Consider a Time Capsule, which is a wireless router that can also be used as a NAS using either its internal HD or any external, USB - connected one, or both.

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  • woodmeister50 Level 4 Level 4 (3,690 points)
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    Jul 3, 2013 9:10 AM (in response to mapuche71)

    The only reason to use the Mini is if you wanted to set

    up iTunes Home Sharing on it and have the other Macs

    access iTunes material from a "central iTunes" library.

     

    If however, you are just looking for network access to files

    or your media apps are something other than iTunes, a

    network storage drive will work just fine.  Personally, in

    my home system I have an Airport Extreme Base Station

    and have several USB HDDs connected with a USB hub

    that are used for data and media streaming via XBMC.

     

    Time Capsule is good since it does work with Time Machine.

    The reason I don't use it is if the internal HD on it fails, you lose

    a router while it gets repaired.  With my set up, I just replace the broken

    drive with no interruption in router activity.

     

    The Server App, which any Mac can run, is really only useful in

    a small office environment or situations where one wants to manage

    multiple Macs from one location, host email for the local network,

    web sites, etc.  It is way overkill for most home network environments

    which OSX can handle most all those requirements without Server.

  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,065 points)
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    Jul 3, 2013 10:31 AM (in response to mapuche71)

    mapuche71 wrote:


    Also being used to NAS's that ultimately fail I'd want a different hard drive to back up to woudn't I?

     

    Yes, redundancy is a good idea for backups. Should the TC's internal disk fail they can be replaced, with some difficulty though.

     

    Any number of external USB connected drives can also be used, with a powered hub.

     

    So the mini for setting up iTunes and home sharing on it, and time capsule to back up to?

     

    Sure, you can do that.

     

    Also, would I wire this all through my wireless router or use the mini's and time capsule's own wireless function, seems that I'd be setting up multiple wireless networks that will end up interfereing with each other. I'd also have the Sonos network.

     

    You can do that. I don't think creating a number of separate networks is ideal, but you can if you want. They won't interfere with each other any more than they will with other wireless networks in your area, if there are any.

     

    The TC can be a client on an existing wired or wireless network, or it can create its own network.

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