For anyone who wants to look back to the older posts (or who may have read the older posts already), I’ve gone through quite a few changes in regards to my network setup. The plans on using the Netra fell through (although not hooked up, it is operational), as I ended up running pfsense as my main routing software on an old dell. It’s been going strong for some time now, and handles bit torrent traffic much better than the old wrt54g was able to (it now just serves as an access point). The emachine is, for the time being, out of commission, although it may come back as some form of backup solution. I’m now running Ubuntu on my main server/mythtv box. I had originally went with Knoppmyth for mythtv, as it offered much easier installation configuration process, but now, mythtv is a snap to install, and I actually was able to get it up and running more quickly than with knoppmyth. The server now has 3 main functions: mythtv server, file/media server via samba (aka windows file sharing protocol), and a bit torrent box through a variation of torrentflux. As far as hardware specs go, its a big jump from what I was running. I now have:
- 80GB system drive
5, 500GB WD RE2 drives in a software raid 5 (via linux’s mdadm), giving me roughly 2TB of storageedit: make that one more drive, so I’m now at 2.5 TB of storage.
- An Athlon X2 3600+ running at 1.9Ghz
1GB of memory (I’m tempted to upgrade, its so cheap these days)edit: it’s so cheap, that I did upgrade (although its giving me some spuratic stability issues), currently at 2GB of memory.
- pvr-150 from my emachine for mythtv
For those interested, the specs of my workstation are:
- Core2duo, e6400, running at 3.3Ghz (2.1 is stock)
- 400GB WD RE2 drive
- 8800 GTS
- 2GB of Crucial Ballistix
- EVGA 680i motherboard
Oh, and there’s a gigabit router between server and workstation, as well as a 1500VA ups between the two, as I really don’t feel like parting with 2TB of data a second time (note to others: raid is no excuse for not having a true backup, I know that now).