newbie asks: ext3 vs. ntfs/openlink vs. stock firmware/ gigabit vs. ethernet/
- I'm close to buying a 250 gig linkstation. I have some newbie questions.
I have a home/small office backing up files of various sizes. I have a
Windows desktop, and a dual boot laptop (with FC 5) and a Lacie 160
USB drive. It's quite conceivable that i will store large unprocessed
video files (possibly larger than the 4 gig limit for FAT32). I might
be editing high def video on my desktop, and occasionally would like
to manipulate larger files and preview them on my Avel linkplayer DVD
player (either by connecting the usb drive directly or This is not
My main goal is using linkstation to run backup programs/scripts, so
things that normally reside on my desktop/PC's would reside elsewhere.
As a wildcard, I have a Avel linkplayer which conceivably has some
ability to play media files via ethernet from a
windows desktop and possibly an ethernet-enabled device. It would be
REALLY nice if I could figure out how to
get linkplayer and linkstation to communicate, though I would call
this a bonus rather than an indispensable feature.
Here's my questions:
a)if linkstation drive's file system is ext3, then will windows PC
have any problems backing up ntfs to the ext 3 filesystem?
b)I really can't figure out whether stock firmware or openlink is my
c)do I need to wipe clean the usb drive before connecting? If so, does
that mean it behaves like a journaled file system than whatever file
system the usb drive was intended for (fat 32).
d) For openlink, how have the extra command line tools helped people
(for those not running a web server, for instance). For instance, if
I am running rsync or ssh from my linux laptop and writing to/from
this drive, why would I need my NAS to have a command line interface
anyway? As long as I mount the drive from my linux laptop, can't I
essentially run the same commands from the laptop?
e)on neweggg I have a choice between two buffalo 250 gig drives.
Gigabit ethernet for $25 extra. Are modems or routers these days
equipped with gigabit support these days? (I don't recall seeing this).
f)have anyone noticed issues burning CDs or dvds from files on the
- I'm pleasantly surprised that for the Avel Linkstation, the FAT32 file
limitation applies only when you hook up to usb interface.
If you hook it up via the ethernet port, apparently it can read NTFS
So if linkstation has ext3 files which are served via samba, wouldn't
that be good enough? Does anyone want to rain on my parade?
If I could get it to work, it would be really cool.
- --- In LinkStation_General@yahoogroups.com, "robertdotnagle"
>Twonkyvision media server apparently supports avel Linkplayer
> I'm pleasantly surprised that for the Avel Linkstation, the FAT32 file
> limitation applies only when you hook up to usb interface.
> If you hook it up via the ethernet port, apparently it can read NTFS
> and ext2.
> So if linkstation has ext3 files which are served via samba, wouldn't
> that be good enough? Does anyone want to rain on my parade?
> If I could get it to work, it would be really cool.
(www.twonkyvision.com). This comes with pre-compiled binaries for
either MIPS or PowerPC processor Linkstations. To install this you'd
need OpenLink to get root access. It's not free, but it's pretty
cheap, and it seems to do the trick (I use it to serve music to my
Can't really help with your other questions i'm afraid!
- --- robertdotnagle <idiotprogrammer@...>
> e)on neweggg I have a choice between two buffalo 250<snip>
> gig drives.
> Gigabit ethernet for $25 extra. Are modems or
> routers these days
> equipped with gigabit support these days? (I don't
> recall seeing this).
It's not essential that a modem or router be equipped
with a gigabit port, but if you want to utilize
gigabit speeds the rest of your network needs to be
gigabit "certified". Meaning cabeling is much more
The modem/router would be plugged into the uplink port
(10/100/1000) on a gigabit hub/switch and would be
essentially a low-speed device. All LAN traffic could
Be careful with any selection because you can get
gigabit only switches or 10/100/1000 or just gigabit
uplink ports with 10/100 normal ports which is the
most common configuration.
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- wow, i just had a lightbulb moment after reading these replies. What
you're saying is that you'll be able to see the network media
software interface on your TV (if you have iodata linkplayer). I never
realized that. That is cool and definitely a reason to consider going
with the open firmware. Also, having more than one network media
player gives me some flexibility. (this might even be a reason to
upgrade to the 300 gigs).
i worry about installation issues though. I don't want the advantages
of having a network media station to overshadow my main need to run a
backup storage solution.
Some other questions:
a) paths. generally are there any rules/conventions for where you keep
your backup files and where you keep your media files? I see in
swissplayer you are able to hardcode paths
b)when I connect an external usb hard drive to linkstation, how does
this show up in the file system? Are there lots of latency issues with
a usb external drive (the buffalo linkplayer manual suggests that usb
external drives are mainly backups for the main nas. Is that true?)
c)here's a dumb question about media hardware (in my case the
Linkplayer DVD player). My remote control for it has a lot of
buttons, but it can't really function as a keyboard. (there are number
buttons which double as alphabet buttons too apparently). Do the
software interfaces for network media players just involve a lot of
buttons (Play, Resume, Exit, etc), or are there lots of occasions
where you need to be able to type more complicated things like words?
d)just out of curiousity, has anyone tried running mythtv, freevo or
other things on linkstation?