I've thought about NAS or WiFi storage before, to replace plugging my external hard drive into my laptop all the time, and allow other people and devices access to the media library.
But seeing as I'd like to maximize the life spans of storage media and be as gentle as possible with them, I figured acessing my drive wirelessly has the overhead of causing extra writes on my device (laptop/phone). Stuff has to be downloaded at least partially to be played back, no?
External HDD –USB3→ Laptop's display
External HDD –USB3→ WiFi storage device –WiFi→ Laptop's SSD → Laptop's display
Is this accurate? Are these setups really situations where you're constantly re-downloading and deleting your own data? If so, I might reconsider the inconvenience of plugging a cable in to avoid this overhead. Is there any wireless technology that doesn't imply caching on the device's storage for playback to happen?
Say I read 1GB/day and write 1GB/day. Is this load a concern over a span of a few years?