I just got a Uniti Atom, which is fantastic, and I have a couple of related questions about how to connect my FLAC library and its metadata.
My apologies if these questions are very basic, but I am a total novice to streaming audio, hi-fi and UPnP:
1. Can I connect a NAS/UPnP drive directly to the Atom via Ethernet wire (or wired USB connection), if the Atom has only a wireless connection to my wi-fi router?
If so, will the Atom be able to read the customized metadata for the FLAC files directly from the NAS/UPnP drive?
The Uniti will be the only connection between the NAS/UPnP and my home network. I can have a wired connection between the Uniti an the NAS/UPnP. But it will not be possible for me to run a wired connection between the Uniti and my router.
2. I currently have a regular external hard drive (not UPnP) connected to the Uniti via USB. It there a way to format or configure the hard drive so that the Uniti can read the metadata associated with the FLAC files on the external drive? The Uniti seems to only be able to read the names of the folders, subfolders and filenames from the hard drive, but none of the metadata.
3. Any recommendations on an inexpensive NAS/UPnP?
My setup is a Uniti Atom, with a wi-fi connection to my router. Music is in FLAC files ripped with dBPoweramp, and metadata modified with MP3Tag (many thanks to the creators of these great programs). I am located in the US.