No. That was just a misunderstanding. TnA was in fact saying that he himself does use a NAS server with OPL.
Originally Posted by baglio
The misunderstanding probably arose in the discussion of how to connect it. But there really should not be any problem since a NAS server has exactly the same kind of LAN connections that a normal computer has. In fact every NAS server is just a specialized and customized computer.
As long as the NAS server supports SMB protocol (which all decent ones should do), then you can connect the PS2 directly to it for access to its fileshares. You might need to use a 'crossover' type of Ethernet cable for it though, unless its ports auto-adapt to connector polarity (like a router normally does). However, I strongly suggest that you connect both the PS2 and the NAS server to your router, so that both can access your LAN properly. Otherwise those two units are limited to 'speak' only to each other, and there is no advantage in this.
You will probably want to access the NAS server from a computer too quite often, so as to place new games in the fileshare and perhaps to add media files as well, and then it is most convenient if the NAS is an equal partner in the same LAN as both the PC and your PS2.
But having it this way is still optional, so if you want to have the PS2 and the NAS in a mini-LAN of their own you can do so, though you will then have to move the NAS back and forth between this mini-LAN and your normal PC connection when you want to put new stuff onto the NAS.
I'm not at all sure how compatible SMB implementation and configuration a Mac has, but a normal Windows PC would do fine.
Ok, I've not USB ports on my router, but if I connect an HDD to my PC/MAC, and then share the Volume, Can I have the same effect?
That is the kind of setup I use myself. I have three computers in my LAN, and also three PS2 consoles. Each one of those consoles can access fileshares from each of the computers for media playing etc. And all three of these consoles can also run PS2 games from the OPL fileshare I have prepared on the main computer in this LAN.
It is comparable, but somewhat slower. We sometimes get just a little lag and/or stutter in the highest quality FMVs of some games, such as the FMVs of FF12. But it is not really bad enough to ruin the experience, like it definitely would be to try the same thing from USB. When using LAN we just notice an occasional lag-pause for a fraction of a second each time.
As I guessed LAN is faster than USB, thank you for confirming it! But can Lan be compared to the Classic DVD speed?
That's OK. It's only natural that you want all angles covered before possibly rushing out to buy new stuff, or maybe reconfigure your LAN etc.
Thanks, sorry guys, I know I'm getting you bored, but I'd like to make the right thing for my Pstwo.
Thanks so much!
That is only for using the SwapMagic method of disc swapping, which I do NOT do myself and also advice you to avoid.
Oh, I almost forgot, I read on the product description that in order to run Burned DVDs I need a special accessory... it said something like a magic key, or a slide card. Is it correct? Will this extra accessories damage the PsTwo lens?
The 'extra accessories' do not damage the lens, but while they are in place they do interfere with proper disc recognition.
And some of those tools (the ones I tested once) are so horribly badly made that if you remove them just once they can never be fastened again.
(Cheap plastic stuff fastened by self-adhesive pads. In other words pure garbage... :rant:)
I recommend that you never bother with getting or installing those tools.
If you want to use burned DVDs you should do it just like most FMCB homebrewers do. First ESR-patch the ISO file and then burn it to the disc.
Then you can use uLaunchELF to start the game by using its command "MISC/PS2Disc", which I normally assign to one of the shortcut buttons.
So then I can invoke that command by a single button press, and it then analyzes the disc in tray and auto-invokes the ESR driver if the disc is an ESR-patched backup. (This assumes that you install an ESR elf file for uLaunchELF to use this way, of course, just as when using FMCB.)
Best regards: dlanor