Hi there, just a query I can't seem to get answered anywhere so far so for those dedicated G+'ers. I am interesting in buying a four bay NAS drive for my data to use in a RAID array to protect the data also after having a cataclysmic hard drive failure in the past resulting in a loss of terabytes of data. Primarily I wish to use the NAS drive as a backup device and external storage to save space on my devices. QNAPS TS-412 is within my budget for example and will do everything on a local network I would need it to, such as streaming, backups, storage with RAID arrays etc. My query however is I need access to the contents of the drive over the internet. Specifically AVI video files. I have seen Synology have the ability to do this via some of their NAS drives with forwarded ports and settings accordingly pointed to a device outside the network running XMBC for example. My main goal is to have my AVI videos stream over the internet to my portable devices such as iPhone and iPad. Now I know AVI files are not natively supported via Apple and iOS yet jailbreaking is always an option and with XMBC this is now possible. I have already done this via my iPad and can stream AVI files locally to it no problem from my current local TimeCapsule drive. However, when leaving the local network this then fails even though the drive is mapped accordingly via its WAN IP address, probably due to Apple only allowing access via AFP with iCloud and that this is due to the fact the TimeCapsule is just a drive and not actually a server per say. Can anyone recommend a NAS to stream AVI content over the internet to portable devices without lag assuming the internet connections at both ends are suitable and with evidence to prove so if you have a set up yourself. Or if not via XMBC and direct streaming is there a way of any NAS to transcode files on the fly to a native iOS format like MP4, much like StreamToMe and AirPlayIt would from a PC or Mac running their respective servers or are its specifications in regards to CPU performance just too low for this and do NAS devices have facilities for add on applications.
Either way I am looking for a solution to stream AVI files either with or without transcoding over the internet that is going to be capable of lag free viewing at the receiving end in standard definitions. Synology have done this but only with all videos encoded as MP4 which, due to my vast library would be far too time consuming to convert it in its entirety. Will the TS-412 be capable or will only the out of budget higher end NAS drives be suitable?
Recommendations and experiences please.