Several vendors (Buffalo, QNAP) are touting their DLNA capabilities and\ncompatibility with the Xbox 360. I haven't seen DLNA in action so I may not\nhave a full grasp of what it will do for me. My general understanding is\nthat the DLNA protocol allows direct transfer of media content from the\nDLNA-enabled storage device to the DLNA-enabled playback device. My\nquestions:\n\n1) The drives from Buffalo and QNAP are NAS appliances and as such cannot be\ndefined as media storage locations in Vista Media Center (ok, at least not\nwithout hacking and headaches). With that in mind, are the DLNA capabilities\nof these NAS drives of any use to Media Center? Even if I record tv shows to\na local drive and batch them to the NAS in the wee hours, wouldn't playback\nstill have to occur through the Media Center front end? If that's the case,\nthen DLNA is not being used at all, right?\n2) Since the Xbox 360 is DLNA enabled, I assume it would "find" media files\nstored on DLNA NAS appliances and could play them back without passing\nthrough the Vista PC. In that scenario, wouldn't I lose the pause, rewind,\nff, etc. capabilties of the Media Center interface/remote control? Or does\nthe Xbox game controller provide those functions also?\n3) Many forum posters advise against using NAS appliances as media storage\nlocations, claiming that playback performance will be degraded for various\nreasons (congestion, unreliability, overall speed, etc.) but I haven't seen\nanyone say "except in DLNA configurations". That leads me to wonder if DLNA\nis a lot of hype that doesn't really work? On the flip side, I wonder if the\nnaysayers are assuming people are attempting play media across corporate\nnetworks with hundreds of PCs competing for bandwidth. It's hard for me to\nimagine network congestion being an issue on a typical home network with 3 or\n4 PCs browsing the internet and one them streaming media from a NAS device.\n\nMy questions may seem off topic for this forum, but they all originate from\nmy desire to start using Vista Media Center. I have it, I'm just not sure\nhow I can use it yet and want to make sure I understand its capabilities and\nlimitations before I invest in a NAS applicance. I don't want to pay for\nDLNA capabilities if they are of no use to Media Center.