So I just got the pi 2 and my plan was to hook up a external hdd to the pi, however I didnt know that the pi couldnt power the hdd by itself. So my plans changed to now I plugged the hdd into the router and then cat5'ed the pi to the router.
All is well except that I cannot find a way to play music/movies without downloading the file to the internal sd card first. The method I was using to access the hdd has been both http and ftp. Ftp kinda works as vlc has integrated ftp communication; however this method requires me to directly spell out the individual file name instead of just opening a folder and hitting 'play all'.
I also run into the problem that the pi will be torrenting, so I need software than can make the external look like it is actually internal - this is due to the fact that I only have 8gb sd card and dont want to torrent directly to that and then move the files after completion.
Im using raspbian right now, but im more than welcome to suggestions to changing that (except the XMBC family - I didnt really like how those felt). In a utopia there has to be some software out there to do what I need. Please, any recommendations are more than appreciated.