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Plex on synology and Qnap

redrum448 27 14 December 22, 2015 at 04:29 PM
So I'll need to upgrade my NAS soon as my movie collection grows.....

Currently I use a HTPC which runs Plex and pulls moves off my NAS but I was reading where a Qnap or Synology NAS can do this?

I assume if I run plex server on say a Qnap nas my Rokus around the house wont notice a difference? whats the "best Qnap" for this?

Also I believe I read somewhere if running a Synology you need a synology app and cant use the plex app directly? or something?

Last question, hows this new 451+ with quad celeron? is that enough CPU power?

thanks!

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Why not just upgrade the hard drives to larger ones?
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Quote from redrum448 View Post :
So I'll need to upgrade my NAS soon as my movie collection grows.....

Currently I use a HTPC which runs Plex and pulls moves off my NAS but I was reading where a Qnap or Synology NAS can do this?

I assume if I run plex server on say a Qnap nas my Rokus around the house wont notice a difference? whats the "best Qnap" for this?

Also I believe I read somewhere if running a Synology you need a synology app and cant use the plex app directly? or something?

Last question, hows this new 451+ with quad celeron? is that enough CPU power?

thanks!
If you're transcoding; none of them will be enough, you'll need your HTPC. If your videos are the right encoding and you're doing direct play then any one is fine.
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As ero said your issue will be the transcoding, friend had the western digital one and it was nice but only worked with about half her devices.
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Quote from redrum448 View Post :
So I'll need to upgrade my NAS soon as my movie collection grows.....

Currently I use a HTPC which runs Plex and pulls moves off my NAS but I was reading where a Qnap or Synology NAS can do this?

I assume if I run plex server on say a Qnap nas my Rokus around the house wont notice a difference? whats the "best Qnap" for this?

Also I believe I read somewhere if running a Synology you need a synology app and cant use the plex app directly? or something?

Last question, hows this new 451+ with quad celeron? is that enough CPU power?

thanks!
It sounds like you're running both Plex client and Plex server on your HTPC right now, then using using your NAS as the media source. If you're running Plex server on a NAS, then you still need a Plex client unless you have an onboard HDMI port and plug your NAS directly into your TV or A/V receiver. I don't recommend that...it's not really what NASes are intended for. Use something else as a client. Rokus are fine.
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It sounds like you're running both Plex client and Plex server on your HTPC right now, then using using your NAS as the media source. If you're running Plex server on a NAS, then you still need a Plex client unless you have an onboard HDMI port and plug your NAS directly into your TV or A/V receiver. I don't recommend that...it's not really what NASes are intended for. Use something else as a client. Rokus are fine.
Actually im using my HTPC as a windows media center and would like to offload some duties such as plex to another device without losing any funtionality.

If i can get my new NAS to act as a plex server that would be great!

For clients I have a roku, fireTV and occasionally android devices.....
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Actually im using my HTPC as a windows media center and would like to offload some duties such as plex to another device without losing any funtionality.

If i can get my new NAS to act as a plex server that would be great!

For clients I have a roku, fireTV and occasionally android devices.....
All of those devices should be ok except for the FireTV, it does way too much transcoding due to unsupported codecs for my tastes. Most of the time it's just audio, so no major processor needed, but it's still annoying.
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Most consumer NAS devices are not suited for heavy transcoding and you will likely be disappointed. Synology does have some higher end units designed for this type and are okay but a PC with a decent CPU usually smokes the NAS devices. Often cases it is still cheaper to buy a decent PC (Dell Business Outlet for an Optiplex) and use that as your media server. The Intel Atom and Marvell Armada processors will probably leave you desiring a whole lot more.

I run Plex on a PC and have FireTV sticks as my clients. I too was once looking at a Synology NAS for my backend but realized quickly that the only models that would properly handle my load are the enterprise class stuff that are $$$$$.
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I know they're old, but have you considered just buying a WD TV [amazon.com]? They play absolutely everything natively (no transcoding) and support network sources (so can just pull from a NAS).
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Most consumer NAS devices are not suited for heavy transcoding and you will likely be disappointed. Synology does have some higher end units designed for this type and are okay but a PC with a decent CPU usually smokes the NAS devices. Often cases it is still cheaper to buy a decent PC (Dell Business Outlet for an Optiplex) and use that as your media server. The Intel Atom and Marvell Armada processors will probably leave you desiring a whole lot more.

I run Plex on a PC and have FireTV sticks as my clients. I too was once looking at a Synology NAS for my backend but realized quickly that the only models that would properly handle my load are the enterprise class stuff that are $$$$$.
This. Especially the first sentence.
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Quote from redrum448 View Post :
Actually im using my HTPC as a windows media center and would like to offload some duties such as plex to another device without losing any funtionality.

If i can get my new NAS to act as a plex server that would be great!

For clients I have a roku, fireTV and occasionally android devices.....
You won't want to use your NAS as a Plex server. The Plex server handles transcoding, and the CPU in most NASes isn't up to that kind of load. You need a better machine to run Plex server.
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As others have said, the problem will be transcoding. Some Synology and QNAP NASs do support onboard transcoding, but they are typically limited to a single client and low-ish bitrate files. There is a nice community-supported google doc [google.com] which shows various makes and models of NASs and whether Plex is supported on them. The 415+ is noted to support transcoding, but may struggle with some HD files.

Your best bet is to move your files to the NAS but leave the HTPC as the Plex Media Server. You won't need to change anything on your devices, and will only need to change the media server to point to the new location of your library(ies).
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