Media Storage

Hi all,
What is everyone’s preferred method for media storage? I used to use Dropbox but have since looked to move on.

For additional context I also shared Infuse with a family member not in the same household so would need Infuse to be able to be accessed from outside my Wi-Fi network.

Looking for solutions and what other people use.

As long as you have fair internet speeds I’d go with a NAS. I know Synology has methods to access things from the outside so that would be what I’d go with. I’ve run a Synology NAS for a while now and it’s been rock solid.

Just noting that key here (if hosting content at home) is you’ll want to ensure you have enough excess upload bandwidth — which often isn’t included in many affordable home internet plans. Most people don’t upload anywhere near as much as they download, and as part of keeping their overall network traffic low (and preventing what they consider “abuse” of their network) many internet providers generally allow customers far less upload bandwidth than download bandwidth; especially in lower-cost tiers.

Since Infuse does not transcode, you’ll need enough upload bandwidth overhead to permit outgoing streams of the highest bitrate files you intend to make available to share to avoid experiencing latency in your own concurrent internet use; and if these are 4K blu-ray rips straight from the discs that can be rather significant.

If the question regards moving your entire content library online so upload bandwidth isn’t an issue, the answer depends on how much content you have and how much you are willing to pay monthly (or yearly) to have it hosted. Options range from services like Google drive or Amazon Cloud to renting space on shared or dedicated servers available from a multitude of various hosting providers. If you’re after the latter, maybe others here doing the same can point you in the right direction.

Or, have a lower resolution version of the same movies available since an upcoming feature in Infuse will allow you to select from available versions of a movie. :wink:

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That is, indeed, also an option; if the user wants to pre-transcode their higher-bitrate content.

Furthering that thought, converting their high-bitrate content from h.264 (MPEG 4/AVC) to h.265 (MPEG-H part 2/HEVC) can significantly reduce a file’s bandwidth needs while (at specific settings) preserving the original source’s resolution and apparent quality … but it must be noted it’s a time and resource-intensive process to re-encode large amounts of such content.

(I personally found it far quicker, simpler and easier on my older hardware to instead utilize the work others had already done, as much as possible, when the time came to update my existing collection to the more efficient codec.)