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QNAP TS-231P 2 Bay NAS with 2x Gbe $198 + Delivery (Free with eBay Plus) @ Computer Alliance eBay

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Beats the recent deal by a whole buck and seems to be the best price you can get it for at the moment.
https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/492427

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    Can this be used for Plex? I just simply want to plug it into my router and then stream Plex through the PS4.

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      This question seems to get asked everytime.. the answer appears to be 'yes' - yet I still have no idea what Plex is…

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      From the QNAP website

      "Plex Media Server is available on x86-based QNAP Turbo NAS.
      Plex Media Server is available on Marvell ARM based QNAP Turbo NAS, but the application is unofficial and may run differently."

      I believe you can install the Plex app and serve up media but the NAS isn't powerful enough to transcode media, if the player doesn't support the file natively then you might get stuck.

      I expect to be corrected pretty quickly if this is wrong.

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        Plex is a media server @silo. Think of it as your own private Netflix that you can load your own collection on to and stream it to your local devices (or over the internet if you have a good enough upload speed). It works with a range of devices, even Apple TV has a half decent App.

        I would not recommend this device for Plex, you'd probably want to go with an Intel based NAS.

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          Thanks mate, going to grab one of these a Synology DiskStation DS218+. Sick of the wife leaving the pc on 24/7.

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          yeah but why ? I mean I have seveal TB on a HDD mounted on my router, with a SAMBA share. I can stream it from any device, my phones, tablets, computers, little shitty Android Box connected to my TV etc. Just browse, select show/movie doco and away you go. I have been doinv this for more than a decade, so I am not sure what advantage PLEX offers ? It seems anyone who can go to the trouble of setting up a Plex server can mount a HDD on their router, share and be done with it ? I have the file share set down the directory tree so the only stuff people have access to are the videos.

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            @ruprectaus: Why have I never thought of this. I have an external 6tb which I can plugin to the asus rt ac66u by the looks of it. Only thing I'd rather it all be in one place, the DS218+ you can run BT on it and download everything. In your situation you have to download on a PC then transfer it over?

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            @ruprectaus: Thanks for this comment mate, I ended up connecting the USB to the router, then it has an input download manager so can download torrents/nzb etc through it. I then setup DNLA server so goes straight to the PS4, then setup Samba and connect/extract through the PC. Legend, saved me 400 bucks.

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        I still have the older model TS-210. Its Marvell CPU is just too slow to transcode and stream video media in my home WiFi network. I think you need a NAS with at least a Intel Celeron CPU to do a proper job.

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    People buying these need to update firmware upon arrival to mitigate the Qsnatch malware

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      Thanks! You've potentially just saved me from joining the botnet!

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      They've not publicised the method of infection (so far) but I'm guessing that it's more likely if you've enabled one of the many internet services that it can run. We have dozens of qnaps at client sites and spent most of yesterday checking them. None were affected but none of them are connected to the internet (other than for updates). There was mild panic when the notice came out but it looks like it won't be a problem for many (most?) people.

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    I'd get something more powerful if needing to transcode media regularly. Literally just got one of these yesterday and I'd say the combination of cpu and ram is going to leave a bit to be desired for more intensive uses but it's fine for my purposes.

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    Hi Guys
    Just wanted an advice on media streaming. I have smart TV which plays most of the media through USB, but some media mostly bluray ones is unable to play.
    For that I had to connect my computer to Tv.
    Can someone tell me which device will be able to play any media file over wifi on any device connected.

    Thanks

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    Someone here once shared the following link for PLEX NAS Compatibility list so I'll do the same here as it was pretty useful.

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1MfYoJkiwSqCXg8cm5-Ac...

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      So I've only just learnt about Plex today and have spent the last few hours at work reading about transcoding media… which has me wondering - what is the reason for everyone wanting to transcode the video on the server? Is this just for those who don't have a TV that's capable of directly playing the content?

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