Has anyone used this nas with plex?

asked on March 20, 2016

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Yes, I use it as a Plex server and it works fine. I stream to iPad or Apple TV; no stuttering or buffering. All my movies are ripped mkv; i use the SRT subtitles format. As of March 9, 2020, no problems. Well, there is a problem with Music Playlists, but it seems to be an Apple TV problem, so my work-around is to fli… see more Yes, I use it as a Plex server and it works fine. I stream to iPad or Apple TV; no stuttering or buffering. All my movies are ripped mkv; i use the SRT subtitles format. As of March 9, 2020, no problems. Well, there is a problem with Music Playlists, but it seems to be an Apple TV problem, so my work-around is to fling my nighttime Playlist from my iPad to the ATV, and it works perfectly now. The Music Playlists used to work great on the ATV, until just a couple months ago. Somebody’s update messed up something. But as far as the NAS is concerned, I think it’s great. But I’m just one person, no other users. see less Yes, I use it as a Plex server and it works fine. I stream to iPad or Apple TV; no stuttering or buffering. All my movies are ripped mkv; i use the SRT subtitles format. As of March 9, 2020, no problems. Well, there is a problem with Music Playlists, but it seems to be an Apple TV problem, so my work-around is to fling my nighttime Playlist from my iPad to the ATV, and it works perfectly now. The Music Playlists used to work great on the ATV, until just a couple months ago. Somebody’s update messed up something. But as far as the NAS is concerned, I think it’s great. But I’m just one person, no other users.
Nemo-Nova
· March 9, 2020
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I use it all the time. But I set the server to Directplay. I use a netgear X4s router which I connect via ethernet to my samsung 4k Js8500 TV. I have no prob streaming 4K HDR video this way. The plex app on the samsung TV supports HVEC , X265 and VP9 decoding so there is very little work for the NAS to do itself. If you plan on streaming to lots of phones/tablets or older blu ray players that don't have good codec support then I'd advise you to do your encoding for those devices on your computer and then let the NAS stream natively.
niall blehein
· September 2, 2016
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I am going to buy the 4 bay version. If I can stream from Plex using 2 old Lenovo IX4-300D's than I am sure the ARMADA 388 1.6ghz chip will be fine for steaming from Plex. The Lenovo only has a 1.2ghz chip and ARMADA XP chip in it.
Forbidden
· November 6, 2018
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I bought this in the 12TB option. I use it specifically for Plex. It works great as a fileserver, but absolutely cannot transcode, and there is no option to disable transcoding.
Purchase this if your player devices (I use my Samsung SmartTV and/or an Xbox One) can support the containers and formats of your media nati… see more
I bought this in the 12TB option. I use it specifically for Plex. It works great as a fileserver, but absolutely cannot transcode, and there is no option to disable transcoding.
Purchase this if your player devices (I use my Samsung SmartTV and/or an Xbox One) can support the containers and formats of your media natively. For example, when backing up my library, I had to rip to MKV and then pull out the PGS subtitles and convert them to SRT if I wanted subtitles, because none of my devices support the PGS format. Thankfully, everything is compatible with standard DVD and Blu-ray video stream formats, and they pass audio straight through to the receiver... but mileage may vary, and you may have to convert your library to a format your player understands.
Most NAS devices are similarly incapable of transcoding, so this is not really a black mark on the EX2 so much as a warning to make sure you're prepared for ownership. If you want transcoding, you need to look into media server hardware, not a NAS. see less
I bought this in the 12TB option. I use it specifically for Plex. It works great as a fileserver, but absolutely cannot transcode, and there is no option to disable transcoding.
Purchase this if your player devices (I use my Samsung SmartTV and/or an Xbox One) can support the containers and formats of your media natively. For example, when backing up my library, I had to rip to MKV and then pull out the PGS subtitles and convert them to SRT if I wanted subtitles, because none of my devices support the PGS format. Thankfully, everything is compatible with standard DVD and Blu-ray video stream formats, and they pass audio straight through to the receiver... but mileage may vary, and you may have to convert your library to a format your player understands.
Most NAS devices are similarly incapable of transcoding, so this is not really a black mark on the EX2 so much as a warning to make sure you're prepared for ownership. If you want transcoding, you need to look into media server hardware, not a NAS.

anon
· March 21, 2016
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Went to the Plex Blog. They're referring to a completely different series of WD products. The following link is for the two-bay variant, but there's also a four-bay. http://m.wdc.com/en/product/1680
As far as I can tell, these products are not yet on Amazon. The product line is new this year.

anon
· June 24, 2016
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It's not fast enough. The Plex blog post you're referring to is probably the one about the Nvidia Shield console (as opposed to the Shield tablet or gamepad... their branding on that line is kinda odd), which is remarkable for being a small device with the capability to transcode multiple streams simultaneously. If you… see more It's not fast enough. The Plex blog post you're referring to is probably the one about the Nvidia Shield console (as opposed to the Shield tablet or gamepad... their branding on that line is kinda odd), which is remarkable for being a small device with the capability to transcode multiple streams simultaneously. If you pair this NAS with the Shield, you should be able to run the Plex server on the Shield and keep your video files on the NAS, according to the Plex blog. I haven't tried that, personally.
But the onboard CPU with this NAS is nowhere near powerful enough to transcode a stream, even if it's just an standard def DVD rip. If you're running the server on the NAS like I am, you want your files to be in a format the your player understands natively, so that no transcoding is necessary. see less
It's not fast enough. The Plex blog post you're referring to is probably the one about the Nvidia Shield console (as opposed to the Shield tablet or gamepad... their branding on that line is kinda odd), which is remarkable for being a small device with the capability to transcode multiple streams simultaneously. If you pair this NAS with the Shield, you should be able to run the Plex server on the Shield and keep your video files on the NAS, according to the Plex blog. I haven't tried that, personally.
But the onboard CPU with this NAS is nowhere near powerful enough to transcode a stream, even if it's just an standard def DVD rip. If you're running the server on the NAS like I am, you want your files to be in a format the your player understands natively, so that no transcoding is necessary.

anon
· June 24, 2016
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Actually I'm kind of confused the plex blog post says this thing can do 4 transcoded streams at once, am I looking at the wrong product?

Hobson
· June 24, 2016
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When you say it absolutely can't transcode do you mean it's not fast enough? Or it can't period?

Hobson
· June 24, 2016
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Xbox One supports basically everything (except subtitles, so don't enable them when using Plex). I don't know about the Fire TV, and their media specs page is a bit... well, confusing (for one thing, they show the MKV container being supported for Vorbis audio, but no video, which makes no sense since Matroska has MKV … see more Xbox One supports basically everything (except subtitles, so don't enable them when using Plex). I don't know about the Fire TV, and their media specs page is a bit... well, confusing (for one thing, they show the MKV container being supported for Vorbis audio, but no video, which makes no sense since Matroska has MKV for video and MKA for audio-only), but you're welcome to peruse it for yourself: https://developer.amazon.com/public/solutions/devices/fire-tv/docs/media-specifications see less Xbox One supports basically everything (except subtitles, so don't enable them when using Plex). I don't know about the Fire TV, and their media specs page is a bit... well, confusing (for one thing, they show the MKV container being supported for Vorbis audio, but no video, which makes no sense since Matroska has MKV for video and MKA for audio-only), but you're welcome to peruse it for yourself: https://developer.amazon.com/public/solutions/devices/fire-tv/docs/media-specifications

anon
· March 21, 2016
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Currently I have plex on my computer and stream from it. The files are .avi, mp4, and .mkv. Will I be able to move these to the NAS and stream from my amazon fire tv and xbox one?

YakSushi
· March 21, 2016
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I have been and no issues thus far. I was timid using Plex due to some poor reviews. I have two (2) 3TB (RAID1) WD Red drives and have 2.1TB of movies, mostly .MP4 format, stored on it. I strictly use this for media storage for streaming movies. Plex has functioned flawlessly so far.
Lefty C
· September 23, 2019
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After reading similar comments on most of the NASs and Plex I was looking at (especially the transcoding issue), I decided not to use Plex on the 16tb MyCloud X2 Ultra that I have ordered. I have an XBMC box on my network that, using KODI, will create a media database on the XMBC device and not need to transcode my library (I made sure it could read the formats I have in my library). In my tests with other network attached storage devices (including an older MyCloud) I have, it works quite well. I would recommend not relying on the MyCloud to manage your media library, just to house it, which it is excellent at.
Kindle Customer
· August 5, 2016
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I just got mine and was disappointed that it cannot transcode. I converted all of my media to h.264 / AAC in .MP4 (using handbrake) and it works fine for all of my devices. If you're fine with this extra step, this is an inexpensive Plex solution. If not, try something with more juice (even an old computer will do better at transcoding than this).
James Collier
· May 16, 2017
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This NAS cannot transcode different video formats on the fly. What I do is I have plex installed on my laptop (Mac) and the plex library has NAS files populated. If I keep the laptop running I can pull up my video files from NAS on my Roky plex app and play them without any transcoding difficulties.

This works only if the plex versions on your Roku, laptop and NAS are all 1.10 or higher. This will not work if your plex versions differ.

Sanket
· February 12, 2019
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Super disappointed. The transcoding is a deal breaker. What’s the point of having it for Plex if u now have to convert every file in order to play it on your tv?

I bought this so that I could have my laptop turned off. It advertised Plex. Unfortunately, every 2 seconds or so, it will freeze and display a message that it it is not powerful enough to play this. Awesome.

jc
· September 9, 2019
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The processor in the 2 drive model isn't that powerful and I have found that heavy transcoding is a challenge for it. I have also found that by converting all my videos to MP4, this unit can serve videos easily. If you want to do the transcoding from the server consider getting the 4 drive model whose processor is beefier.
Big Ed
· April 16, 2017
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