Not something I've looked into but it's kind of annoying I have to turn on my "main" PC to play music - I have multiple computers but my music library only lives on one of them.
When people talk about a network storage drive is that basically a hard disk that is independent of any one computer, with just enough cleverness to get on the network? Or is there more to it than that?
Do you then have to muck about or will Windows and OSX recognise it as a regular drive and let you use it as such e.g. map it as P: and tell Media Player my media library is P:\music? And likewise from my Mac. Presumably then 3rd-party systems can connect directly to the disk as well over Wifi, simultaneously?
I hate networking so if I have to set up domains and workgroups I may well just give up!
Can anyone give me enough information to get started looking into this? Key terms, a total noob introduction, maybe an example bit of kit on Amazon?
Or have I missed the point and I actually want a dedicated media server, some low-spec PC running 24/7?