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KP says: Netgear ReadyNAS Duo (2x 1TB) + Logitech Squeezebox Duet   Rating: Rating: 5/6   
Updated: 2009-01-10 15:09:24    Type:  tech comment     English  View Comment Details   
Netgear ReadyNAS Duo (2x 1TB) + Logitech Squeezebox Duet (tech comment)
I finally got my act together and stepped into the digital age. Just spent an evening and most of a night installing and fine-tuning this brilliant setup.

The selected Netgear ReadyNAS Duo (Network Attached Storage Device) provides 2x 1TB mirrored diskspace and comes with SlimServer preinstalled. SlimServer can be upgraded to the newer SqueezeCenter with minimal effort (although I had some problems along the way and had to repeat the process several times to make it work.) Obviously it is no bad thing that the NAS can be used for ordinary backup purposes as well. The NAS does make a bit of noise from the fan and disks, so it will have to be placed outside the livingroom, but that has been my plan from the beginning. It is quite small in size (about the size of 3 harddisks).

Installation of the Squeezebox was a piece of cake and the whole setup works very well so far. It is probably a bit slower than a Windows Homeserver setup would have been, but so far the performance is okay for me. Only the scanning process (after adding new material) takes a while to run. Anyway, the performance can't really be determined until I have ripped lots of cds to the NAS music directory. The soundquality from musicfiles is really good, and I doubt my cd-player will see much use from now on. Once a CD is ripped and tagged it is much easier to play it from the Squeezebox.

The remote control for the Squeezebox duet is very well designed. It has a very userfriendly interface and the colordisplay is really great. It has a bit of a plastic feel to it, but all in all it is still a very great electronic plaything.

To judge from my experiences so far, I will surely recommend looking into a system like this, if you want a really cool way to play your digital musicfiles. It requires some technical insight to perform the installation process, since it is not entirely plug-and-play. But that said, it could have been worse. And once it works, it certainly kicks ass.
Reply #:    Name : KP     Country : Denmark     Created : 2010-08-13 17:00:18   
I'd like to add that I have now wired both my receivers. It turned out that running wireless to the receivers has a quite significant impact on response times. Simply put when you have tried wiring them you want to keep it that way, especially if using more than one receiver and using synchronisation. Other than that I'm well above 10.000 tracks now and everything works like a charm. Total scan time is now 1:30 (less than mentioned below) and it's still less than 20 minutes for a scan for new items.
Still very happy with my Squeezebox Duet and no plans to replace anything (unless I find a much faster plug-and-play NAS that is also quite cheap.) 
Reply #:    Name : KP     Country : Denmark     Created : 2009-04-18 16:19:25   
Now I'm well beyond 550 CDs and more than 7500 individual songs. Still no negative impact on performance. The full-scan process now takes almost 2 hours, but usually you only scan for new items which takes about 15 minutes, so no issue there. I've added a second receiver box and it works perfectly. No matter if you play different tracks on both receivers or if you synchronize it just works perfect. :D   
Reply #:    Name : KP     Country : Denmark     Created : 2009-01-21 20:00:42   
I've been running this setup for some 3 weeks now. The performance is fine if you run with the remote control alone. The webinterface however is a bit on the slow side, so I mainly use it to trigger a rescan of the music directory, when I've added new music. For all other purposes I mainly use the remote. I've added nearly 300 cds to the directory now and it scales perfectly. It doesn't seem to influence the performance in any way. Good thing, cuz I plan to add a hell of a lot more. The scanning process obviously takes longer as you add more music but it ain't no problem. So far I'm very pleased with my new music and storage system.   
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