I threw my FreeNAS box in the basement this afternoon and hooked it up to the router by way of an Ethernet cable. That made all the difference. I only had to wait about 30 seconds for MST3K to start playing. That box via wifi was a dog, as was the external drive I shared through the Airport Extreme Base Station. With those I waited several minutes for the same file to start.
Now I am confident enough to move forward with my media server aspirations. I can get a 1TB hard drive, toss it into the FreeNAS box, load it up and expect to be able to view all of that content via Boxee.
The thing I am most looking forward to is having family videos on the server. It’ll be so much more convenient than going disc by disc.
The next step, however, is to wipe down the Xbox’s hard drive and build it up again from scratch. XBMC runs on it, but it won’t play a thing. Even the shortest video stops loading after about 90%. That ain’t right, so I figure that nuking it from orbit is the only way to be sure.