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  • Intel Celeron J3355 2.0GHz Dual-Core Processor
  • 2GB DDR3L-1866 RAM
  • 3x USB 3.0 Ports
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Woot had it for $199.99 last week ☹️ but this is still a good price 🙂
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You need to have the paid plex pass to use hardware transcoding. Once you have that you need to have it enabled in the advanced options. See more info here [plex.tv]
According to Synology the DS218+ is considered 4k group 1 which should do 4k as well: Link [synology.com]
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Yes, i use and tried this Nas a plex server with both 1080p and 4k content. I didnt have much plex experience prior so this has been a learning experience for me. The 218+ handles compressed 1080p movies for the most part fine, i have full uncompressed bluray rips and pretty much that is a no go through my plex apps, though it runs fine on my pc - must be the devices that cant support it so transcoding cant keep up. 4K compressed rips only work for on roku media player using synology's DLNA over wire. I used the nas with plex and 4k content cant transcode fast enough. I tried my pc as a server and it streamed fine BUT plex doesnt support HDR on the roku app ������������ ::edit:: I do have plex pass with hardware transcoding ::edit::

Id like to add this works perfectly for backup and sharing files over the network at great speeds. Back in February i paid the same and it holds up!
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Woot had it for $199.99 last week ☹️ but this is still a good price 🙂
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Woot had it for $199.99 last week ☹️ but this is still a good price 🙂
Really? $199 was a great price. I have been seeing them all around $250 during BF /CM, well I bought from Rakuten for $250 with MC to get additional $30 Rakuten super points.
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It's been going in and out at this price. Not a great deal but decent enough.
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Any comments on this for a Plex server? I have a QNAP that is no longer supported.
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Any comments on this for a Plex server? I have a QNAP that is no longer supported.
I use this as a plex server. works really well for my purposes, though I don't do a ton of heavy transcoding or have more than a couple users going at once. Biggest issue for me is after a year I've almost already filled it up (2 x 8tb raid 1). debating upgrading to a 4 bay or getting some 14tb and throwing them in there.
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Any comments on this for a Plex server? I have a QNAP that is no longer supported.
Yes, i use and tried this Nas a plex server with both 1080p and 4k content. I didnt have much plex experience prior so this has been a learning experience for me. The 218+ handles compressed 1080p movies for the most part fine, i have full uncompressed bluray rips and pretty much that is a no go through my plex apps, though it runs fine on my pc - must be the devices that cant support it so transcoding cant keep up. 4K compressed rips only work for on roku media player using synology's DLNA over wire. I used the nas with plex and 4k content cant transcode fast enough. I tried my pc as a server and it streamed fine BUT plex doesnt support HDR on the roku app ������������ ::edit:: I do have plex pass with hardware transcoding ::edit::

Id like to add this works perfectly for backup and sharing files over the network at great speeds. Back in February i paid the same and it holds up!
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Strong Specs:
CPU: Intel Celeron J3355 dual-core 2.0 GHz, burst up to 2.5 GHz

Hardware encryption engine Yes (AES-NI)
Hardware transcoding engine Supported codec: H.264 (AVC), H.265 (HEVC), MPEG-2 and VC-1; maximum resolution: 4K (4096 x 2160); maximum frame rate per second (FPS): 30

Memory: 2 GB DDR3L (expandable up to 6 GB)

Compatible drive type 2 x 3.5" or 2.5" SATA SSD / HDD (drives not included)
External ports • 3 x USB 3.0 port • 1 x eSATA port

Is Plex using the hardware correctly? It seems like it should be able to transcode at least one 4k stream...
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Strong Specs:
CPU: Intel Celeron J3355 dual-core 2.0 GHz, burst up to 2.5 GHz

Hardware encryption engine Yes (AES-NI)
Hardware transcoding engine Supported codec: H.264 (AVC), H.265 (HEVC), MPEG-2 and VC-1; maximum resolution: 4K (4096 x 2160); maximum frame rate per second (FPS): 30

Memory: 2 GB DDR3L (expandable up to 6 GB)

Compatible drive type 2 x 3.5" or 2.5" SATA SSD / HDD (drives not included)
External ports • 3 x USB 3.0 port • 1 x eSATA port

Is Plex using the hardware correctly? It seems like it should be able to transcode at least one 4k stream...
You need to have the paid plex pass to use hardware transcoding. Once you have that you need to have it enabled in the advanced options. See more info here [plex.tv]
According to Synology the DS218+ is considered 4k group 1 which should do 4k as well: Link [synology.com]
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You need to have the paid plex pass to use hardware transcoding. Once you have that you need to have it enabled in the advanced options. See more info here [plex.tv]
Ah, that makes sense. I could see how the CPU might be too weak otherwise. Thanks for that explanation.
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I'm still on the backorder of the 718+. Is the only real difference the expanded storage? I don't need max storage so I'm thinking this will work fine
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If all I want to do is backup my data what is the minimum Nas needed?
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I'm still on the backorder of the 718+. Is the only real difference the expanded storage? I don't need max storage so I'm thinking this will work fine
Quad core vs Dual core
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You can safely upgrade this with an extra 8GB DDR stick, to have 10GB total. Mine works like that.
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