Working with IT, I should really know all the answers, but being a Systems Engineer
doesn't necessarily qualify oneself among the plethora of entertainment/consumer IT products, as I work with industrial systems.
I was wondering whether somebody could hint me in the right direction here. And/or benefit from the discussion.
Primarily I need to view movies on a TV from a hard drive.
We will be in locations with no wifi
and I think there's mainly crap on TV anyway, so I have ripped all our DVDs and Bluerays. (Same goes for music
, ripped all CDs to mp3, but that's another topic).
The Wirie AP+ = a wifi
network aboard, just like most people have at home.
The Wirie AP+ Marine WiFi System – The Wirie
A few laptops all running Windows 7 and 10.
iOS devices: iPads, iPhones
Android devices: tablets and smartphones
TV with HDMI IN.
Chromecast, connect it to one of the laptops.
Buy a large USB drive, put my movies + home movie
projects + Picasa images
+ documents and stuff there.
Get another USB drive, same size, for backing up drive # 1.
I will be able to cast the movies from the USB drive, via the laptop
Whenever we have good wifi, we will be able to stream from the internet
Cons: the laptop
must be running.
Cons: the laptop is quite power hungry
Cons: backing up means manual job. I know scripting and there's software
to remind you, but anyway.
Pros: I got 12 V chargers for the laptops. Inverter
can be OFF.
Get a NAS with RAID-1. It will have two drives, mirrored so I got backup all the time.
Googled for a while, hard to choose, I would want one that is low on power consumption
, still having the features I need. Some have wifi, perhaps better. If only ethernet connected, I have to buy The Wirie Repeater:
The Wirie Ex Marine WiFi Bridge – The Wirie
Either way I suppose. Could be wise to have the repeater and while working on HD movie
projects, I can connect the laptop and the NAS both over ethernet and get higher speed than just wifi. Usually, when working with HD movie material, I copy the project
to the laptop's internal HDD or a USB 3 connected drive, and copy it back to external disk (= backed up) once done, so maybe not so important after all.
For streaming movies from disk to TV, not sure. Apple-TV has AirPlay, then I can use the Infuse app on iPhone
Cons: Apple-TV draws power + inverter
Cons: NAS draws power + most run on inverter.
Cons: an iPad
must be ON, draws power.
Cons: the Infuse + Apple-TV/Airplay solution isn't 100% nice, I have to double the screen
on the iOS devices. I couldn't play ISO images
of DVDs when I tried, which is how I save my movie projects once they're finished. (Who burns a DVD
Pros: Raid-1 means automatic backup.
One goal scenario
Low power consumption
NAS running on 12 V. On a rocking boat, two SSD drives preferred? Could build a cradle
for it to reduce the shaking, perhaps.
A device, similar to Apple-TV, connected to the TV, running on 12 V.
With the device's remote
control, I want to be able to choose movies on the NAS, and most formats should work.
Not sure how to connect that device though. It's either wireless or wired (ethernet) I suppose.
Cons: Am I asking the impossible here?
Or, is it wiser, on a rocking boat, to go for two fast USB drives, as the NAS, even if it's mirrored using RAID-1, might not like the shaking it's experiencing?
Having a laptop running + Google
Pros: less complexity than NAS solution
Pros: could skip the Wirie ethernet router.
Cons: less flexibility, if not the Wirie ethernet router, cannot connect ANY ethernet devices, could prove dumb in the long run.