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Seron 896 154 July 13, 2016 at 09:53 AM More Newegg Deals
Should I just built my own media machine for trips (heavier, more costly, etc) or just buy this thing? WD Wireless Pro [newegg.com]

Is this really capable of wireless connection without internet or does it fall short? It'd be great for areas where I have no internet.

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Should I just built my own media machine for trips (heavier, more costly, etc) or just buy this thing? WD Wireless Pro [newegg.com]

Is this really capable of wireless connection without internet or does it fall short? It'd be great for areas where I have no internet.
I am not sure I can help, but I will try. I have a plex server running on a QNAP 8bay NAS. Works great, can do 4k streaming whole 9 yards. Probably not what you want though, overkill and also very expensive. Anyhow, I have my android phone with Plex app installed. My plex can accessible from outside and I can stream movies and other media to my phone from anywhere as long as I have a cell signal. But, the app on the phone also acts like its own server to a degree. You can sync media to your phone to play so that a connection is not required. So I sync most of my music, about 40GB, and on occasion sync a few movies or TV shows if I know I will be in a situation where I can use the entertainment.

In short, you could try using a smartphone as a Plex server for when you are on the go. I have not tried it but you might be able to get a chrome stick (HDMI?) and stream from your phone to a large screen if that is an option. I have a phone (LG G5) that has a micro SD and I have a 128GB card in there, so plenty of room for a mass of media without impacting the phone storage.

Hope this helps a bit. It may be the easiest and cheapest route at the very least.
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I am not sure I can help, but I will try. I have a plex server running on a QNAP 8bay NAS. Works great, can do 4k streaming whole 9 yards. Probably not what you want though, overkill and also very expensive. Anyhow, I have my android phone with Plex app installed. My plex can accessible from outside and I can stream movies and other media to my phone from anywhere as long as I have a cell signal. But, the app on the phone also acts like its own server to a degree. You can sync media to your phone to play so that a connection is not required. So I sync most of my music, about 40GB, and on occasion sync a few movies or TV shows if I know I will be in a situation where I can use the entertainment.

In short, you could try using a smartphone as a Plex server for when you are on the go. I have not tried it but you might be able to get a chrome stick (HDMI?) and stream from your phone to a large screen if that is an option. I have a phone (LG G5) that has a micro SD and I have a 128GB card in there, so plenty of room for a mass of media without impacting the phone storage.

Hope this helps a bit. It may be the easiest and cheapest route at the very least.
thanks but I'm worried about data usage doing it that way. How much data would be used if I created the hotspot with my phone and linked to my chromecast? It still uses my data I imagine so it's just like watching netflix.
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thanks but I'm worried about data usage doing it that way. How much data would be used if I created the hotspot with my phone and linked to my chromecast? It still uses my data I imagine so it's just like watching netflix.

I dont think you understand. Plex Android can stream from a remote plex server OR be used as a plex server. In other words install plex, put a bunch of crap on your phone, or sync it.
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I dont think you understand. Plex Android can stream from a remote plex server OR be used as a plex server. In other words install plex, put a bunch of crap on your phone, or sync it.
no, I do understand. In order to watch the content from your phone, you have to create a wifi hotspot for your smart tv to connect to (or chromecast). Which uses data. I'm worried it will be exactly the same as watching netflix because it's the same amount of data being sent through the 4g connection even if it's only a few feet away.
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no, I do understand. In order to watch the content from your phone, you have to create a wifi hotspot for your smart tv to connect to (or chromecast). Which uses data. I'm worried it will be exactly the same as watching netflix because it's the same amount of data being sent through the 4g connection even if it's only a few feet away.

uh no, a connection to chromecast shouldnt use any mobile data.

http://lifehacker.com/stream-loca...1709666323

So, yes, if you choose to watch YouTube, it will send the URL to the chromecast and use the internet to load that video. But you can stream local media without an internet connection. Chromecast is 1 example. You can also in many cases simply mirror your phones screen. Anyhow, good luck.
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