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Set up: An always on old-ish laptop connected to a NAS which contains TV/Films/Music.

I want to be able to stream on the fly the data on my NAS to various connected devices such as iphone or laptop. I am currently using Orb ( mycast software but the requirements for the streaming are very high in terms of processing power is there alternative software and dedicated hardware i can add to get maximum benefit from this setup?

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VLC can be setup to stream video at various bit rates

Some examples of using it to stream to the iphone here:

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the problem with vlc is you have to set up vlc to stream the video you want - there is no ability to browse from the remote location. – ritch0s Aug 24 '09 at 16:02

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