Researching a NAS purchase and discovered they are not transcoders and as such would make poor media servers for a library with a wide assortment of formats.
My question then is can I set up an "old" laptop as a dedicated media server using the NAS as the source of the content?
Currently my desktop has 4 TB and I run Samsung AllShare to stream to my Samsung TV. The desktop is also hosting 4 IP cameras using Blue Iris. I'd like to get all that off the desktop and play more video formats than AllShare can handle. I'd also like to gain some of the features of NAS boxes such as remote access, personal cloud, web server, torrent DL, etc.
The "old" laptop is an i5 4 GB W7 32bit that I could update to 64 bit...