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I want to use my raspberry pi as a NAS and media center. I have a samsung smart tv and today I start my computer an watch films over dlna.

I want to attach the rasperry pi with a usb hdd to the network.

Should I use something like OpenELEC or RaspBMC (because all I read is that I have to connect it by hdmi - is it possible over network?). Or what other software do you suggest? I also want to use it as backup drive over in the network with something like crashplan.

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If you want use your RPi as NAS you should read this: http://elinux.org/R-Pi_NAS

If you want use your RPi as Media Center you should read this: http://elinux.org/RPi_XBMC

You can do all this in one system.

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I have no experience with xmbc. 1) Do I have to connect it with hdmi-cable or can it stream over network? 2) Does this provide dlna-access? – Steffen Schindler Feb 4 '13 at 12:58
I think you shoud use HDMI cable, becouse RPi has 10/100 Ethernet. This is enough for stream FullHD, but when you stream (dlna) fullHD you don't have enough bandwitdh for NAS functions. – István Simon Feb 5 '13 at 12:04
Yes you can setup XBMC as DLNA server, but you have limited bandwidht. So i think RPi don't know serve lot 2-3 or more client at same time. – István Simon Feb 5 '13 at 12:15
Ok. Today I use my Computer as NAS and stream it over network to tv. So bandwidth should be no problem. – Steffen Schindler Feb 6 '13 at 13:29
1080p video streaming is minimum need ~24-35 Mbps bandwidth. It is smaller than 100 Mbps. So you can stream out a 1080p video, but if you want stream other thing this is not enough i think. – István Simon Feb 6 '13 at 13:40

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