Pros - Straightforward setup
- Stream music from PC or NAS without requiring server software
- DLNA/upnp compatible Digital Media Renderer
- Maintains WiFi connection when radio is "off"
Cons - Occasional streaming glitches requiring reboot
Summary The one MAJOR advantage of this Grace radio (and all Grace Internet radios for that matter) over the Logitech Squeezebox line is that the Grace can play music files stored on your networked PC or NAS drive directly, without the need for proprietary server software to be running.
This means, for example, that you can stream files from your music library stored on your NAS drive without the need for your PC to be running.
In order to stream networked music files using the Squeezebox products, you need proprietary "Sqeezebox server" software (aka "Logitech Media Server" software) running somewhere on your network. Typically, this means that you need to have your PC on, and running the squeezebox server software.
While it's true that there are creative methods for modding NAS drives to run a Squeezebox server or using a plug computer to do the same, this requires extensive know-how, trial and error, luck and (in the case of plug computers), additional time and money (and more luck).
None of this is necessary with the Grace, since it supports both network shares AND DLNA/upnp media servers directly, meaning that you can stream music files from your NAS drive without assistance from your networked PC.
Most NAS drives are DLNA media servers, and since the Grace is a DLNA compatible DMR (digial media renderer), you can use a third party DLNA digital media controller (DMC) to control streaming from a DLNA media server (e.g. NAS drive) to the Grace radio.
This means that you can use a DMC app on your Android or iOS smartphone to control streaming of music files (including playlists) from your NAS to the Grace without the need for any sever software.
Very cool stuff.