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BUFFALO LS220D0402 4TB (2 x 2TB) LinkStation 220 RAID NAS Personal Cloud Storage and Media Server - Newegg.comBUFFALO LS220D0402 4TB (2 x 2TB) LinkStation 220 RAID NAS Personal Cloud Storage and Media Server​

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Would this be good for running a plex server ?
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Would this be good for running a plex server ?
I never played with this model but I got some answers from Amazon

To clarify, this can absolutely be used as storage for the media you host on a plex server but you will need to run the plex server on another device. Kind of Similar to DC Mike's setup; I have a an old AMD PC that hosts my plex server (Athlon x2 4400+, 8gb DDR2, and Radeon HD 6870 *can't remember if video card helps with plex decoding at all, but it's there anyway and has no other use to me) I do have a couple TB worth of media on HDDs in that box but the majority of my data is on similar NAS devices like this buffalo Linkstation. Literally any USB external or NAS drive can host media for a Plex server with extremely little chance of limited performance. The limiting factor in Plex performance comes with the capability of the computer hosting the server to decode and encode media to play on the device you're trying to stream to (for instance, accessing your plex server from another pc takes much fewer resources than on your ipad would require because the server pc has to reencode the media to a format that iOS can utilize) and, in the case of remote streaming, your internet connection. The 10+ year old pc I described can stream multiple 1080p video remotely with no visible lag and I've tried as much as 7 local network 1080p streams and had not issue there.
tl;dr - This can host all of your music, video, pictures for a plex server to access but not run the plex server itself.
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Would this be good for running a plex server ?
In order to run a Plex server, you need a CPU powerful enough to transcode. This NAS does not have such hardware - it is only useful for storage.

If you attach this NAS to a cheap computer with an i3 7th/8th gen CPU, it will complete your Plex server and make it capable of 4K transcoding with 5.1 DD sound.

If you use the NAS on its own and simply plug it into your router or something... you can still play the content on a computer and smart TV, but it will have very specific files you can play. For example, if you want to listen to an audiobook, your audiobook needs to be in mp3 format and not the .m4b format that iTunes uses. If you want to play an .mkv file with subtitles, some subtitles will not appear on the tv due to lack of compatibility.
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In order to run a Plex server, you need a CPU powerful enough to transcode. This NAS does not have such hardware - it is only useful for storage.

If you attach this NAS to a cheap computer with an i3 7th/8th gen CPU, it will complete your Plex server and make it capable of 4K transcoding with 5.1 DD sound.

If you use the NAS on its own and simply plug it into your router or something... you can still play the content on a computer and smart TV, but it will have very specific files you can play. For example, if you want to listen to an audiobook, your audiobook needs to be in mp3 format and not the .m4b format that iTunes uses. If you want to play an .mkv file with subtitles, some subtitles will not appear on the tv due to lack of compatibility.
Thank you for the response. I guess I wonder what the benefit of even using a nas is if it can't transcode vs just running the whole network right from a computer?
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Id stay away from this NAS. I have it. Bought it about 2 years ago for $99 (no hdd). Put in 2TBx2 WD green drives and use it as a storage. Transfer speeds are painfully slow. 15mbs on average
I'm looking for every excuse to replace it with Synology.
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it is not expired. weird
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Id stay away from this NAS. I have it. Bought it about 2 years ago for $99 (no hdd). Put in 2TBx2 WD green drives and use it as a storage. Transfer speeds are painfully slow. 15mbs on average
I'm looking for every excuse to replace it with Synology.
I have this personally and installed one for the family business. Nothing but good things and fast transfers.

I'd have to recommend it.

Purchased mine 2 yrs ago for $170 after discounts on jet.com.
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