Has anyone used this nas with plex?

asked on March 20, 2016


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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