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NAS Media Streaming With Plex

by Tsiek13 / April 13, 2013 4:00 PM PDT

So I am kinda new with the whole idea of NAS and I am in need of some help. Basically what I have been wanting to do for a while now is buy a NAS device that can stream my media........ iTunes, Videos (lots of different file types, and some that include separate subtitle files that I normally play in VLC Media Player), pictures, etc. I would also like to be able to install a program like Plex on the NAS to allow it to stream to a box like Roku, and other laptops and TVs around the house. I mainly want to do this to avoid having to use my Macbook as a server. If there are any other programs that are capable of applying the metadata and streaming like Plex that someone could inform me on that would be helpful. I do not need a top of the line NAS, seeing as my media library is under 2 TB. Finding out what my specific NAS has to be capable of would also be a big help. I am aware I could just use a Mac Mini for my needs, but I would prefer not to buy it used, and that makes it a little bit out of my price range. Any help or advice at all would be greatly appreciated!

PS: sorry if this is not exactly the right thread, I tried looking for a more specific one.

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Me too.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 14, 2013 2:19 AM PDT

If you find a solution as good as VLC Player, I want to see that.

Even today I went back to a small old laptop for this work. I see you found the Mac Mini solution but what you want does not appear in the cheap NAS players.

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unRAID is your answer
by smitbret / April 30, 2013 4:33 AM PDT

IMO opinion, if the box is just going to be used for central storage and streaming with Plex, then unRAID is going to be the way to go. It's a simple LInux based OS that boots from a flash drive. If you have any old PC parts lying around you can usually build the system out of them. It also has a free Plex plugin that will fit your needs quite nicely. Your ability to stream Plex will depend on how powerful the CPU is that you put into the box.

Other options might include setting up a system with Windows Home Server 2011. It is a Win 7 based OS but is geared towards Home Servers and costs about $50. You can install Plex on it like you do any other OS. I think I'd go unRAID, though because the Hardware Requirments are lower. You could literally run unRAID with an old dual-core and 1GB of memory and whatever HDDs you have lying around.

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