I currently have a WDTV Live SMP along with a 250 GB WD Passport USB drive. I’m outgrowing the 250 GB drive and also need a second player for my bedroom. I only have laptops, so streaming from a PC is not on the table. Options, in order of cost, include:
WDTV Live Hub
WDTV Live SMP and a new USB hard drive (recommendations?)
WDTV Live SMP and a NAS/Internal hard drive combo
I know the hub doesn’t have wireless (non-issue). My bedroom TV only has one HDMI input, so if I go with the SMP I will need to either get a HDMI switch or use the composite output. If I go with the Hub I could use the component outputs, though I want to say I saw somewhere (Amazon review?) that the component output was poor quality, so maybe that’s not a benefit after all.
I recognize the benefits of a raid array on a NAS but to be honest in the interest of keeping costs down, I would probably just get a single drive in it for now and maybe mirror it down the road, or maybe not. In other words, it wouldn’t be that much better than a Hub, except that the storage would be external to the Hub and if either died, I wouldn’t be left with nothing.
What else am I missing? Which scenario would you recommend? Any reasons to stay away from the Hub?