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I'm looking for a way to keep something plugged in all the time to run Plex Media Server so I don't have to keep a laptop on. It will live in a little cubby above the refrigerator with the router. I've looked at a WD Passport Pro wireless NAS, but it turns the WIFI off whenever you have it charging. That's worthless. I'm looking at using a Raspberry Pi 3, but it's WIFI may be too slow to communicate with the router and the Roku device at the same time. We use Plex to keep up with the few network TV shows we watch anymore (commercial free). Anyone do anything similar to this? Let me know about your setup. Thanks.


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Just run cat 5 from the pi to the router- it will be plenty fast.


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I have a Netgear NAS that supports up to 8 TB. The NAS has apps that can be installed, including a Plex Media Server app. We take it with us when we camp seasonally and use it to play music and watch movies. We grab the campgrounds wifi and feed it into our own router for internet. The NAS is wired directly to the router. We also have all our photos and home videos on the NAS, so if anything were to happen to our house while we are away, we won't lose our memories.

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lets be careful with some of these devices. if plex decides to transcode, a PI or any other low end device will not have the cpu grunt to keep up with the transcode.

Now if you have ability to convert all your files into a format your player can "Direct play" then yes the server does not do anything but move the media.

Synology makes units that can transcode directly off the NAS and use low power.

Kodi in my opinion can be better in this situation as the client itself does the conversion and simply needs storage tied to it.





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Chris Bryant wrote:

Just run cat 5 from the pi to the router- it will be plenty fast.
I run a Pi3 at home for my Plex media server. It works fine. I can stream from it even when I am away from home, as long as the local wi-fi network where I am has adequate bandwidth. My Pi is connected to my home router via ethernet cable, and I stream to several Rokus, an Apple TV and a smart TV.

I also have a Pi in my TT that I use as a local server with all of my movie and music collections on a USB HDD. We are never without electronic entertainment at our beck and call.

I also use the Pi in the TT as a client to stream from my PMS on the Pi at home.


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punomatic wrote:

Chris Bryant wrote:

Just run cat 5 from the pi to the router- it will be plenty fast.
I run a Pi3 at home for my Plex media server. It works fine. I can stream from it even when I am away from home, as long as the local wi-fi network where I am has adequate bandwidth. My Pi is connected to my home router via ethernet cable, and I stream to several Rokus, an Apple TV and a smart TV.

I also have a Pi in my TT that I use as a local server with all of my movie and music collections on a USB HDD. We are never without electronic entertainment at our beck and call.

I also use the Pi in the TT as a client to stream from my PMS on the Pi at home.


Does all your stuff direct play? or your saying it can handle the transcoding as well? sd content or hd content as well?

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I'm looking for a way to keep something plugged in all the time to run Plex Media Server so I don't have to keep a laptop on. It will live in a little cubby above the refrigerator with the router. I've looked at a WD Passport Pro wireless NAS, but it turns the WIFI off whenever you have it charging. That's worthless. I'm looking at using a Raspberry Pi 3, but it's WIFI may be too slow to communicate with the router and the Roku device at the same time. We use Plex to keep up with the few network TV shows we watch anymore (commercial free). Anyone do anything similar to this? Let me know about your setup. Thanks.


I have the WD Passport Pro wireless. Just got it, but I believe it only turns off the wireless if connected to a PC, since it uses the USB connection for data transfer. I picked up a 12v to 5v converter to hard wire the charger into the 12v system in the RV, seems to work well.
I use Kodi on a Raspberry Pi and an Nvidia Shield to access the HD. The advantage to the Passport is that I can access the media on any other device - iPad, etc.


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phemens wrote:

RSD559 wrote:

I'm looking for a way to keep something plugged in all the time to run Plex Media Server so I don't have to keep a laptop on. It will live in a little cubby above the refrigerator with the router. I've looked at a WD Passport Pro wireless NAS, but it turns the WIFI off whenever you have it charging. That's worthless. I'm looking at using a Raspberry Pi 3, but it's WIFI may be too slow to communicate with the router and the Roku device at the same time. We use Plex to keep up with the few network TV shows we watch anymore (commercial free). Anyone do anything similar to this? Let me know about your setup. Thanks.


I have the WD Passport Pro wireless. Just got it, but I believe it only turns off the wireless if connected to a PC, since it uses the USB connection for data transfer. I picked up a 12v to 5v converter to hard wire the charger into the 12v system in the RV, seems to work well.
I use Kodi on a Raspberry Pi and an Nvidia Shield to access the HD. The advantage to the Passport is that I can access the media on any other device - iPad, etc.

I checked for WIFI when I plugged the charger in and plugged it into the USB 3.0 port. No WIFI. Tried the USB 2.0 port too. No charge.
And no way to plug it into the Router. I don't believe I will need any transcoding, since we only stream our TV shows to our Roku.

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I did order a Raspberry Pi 3 to give it a shot. Should be fun. I've wanted one for a couple of years to play with, but had no excuse to get it. Now I do. I've been programming computers for over 35 years. From mainframes to PCs. So this could be really fun! I found a script for setting up the Pi as a Plex Media Server. We'll see how it goes. The router is up where the PMS will be, so a direct connect to the router is a good idea.

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If transcoding is a concern, the Pi has hardware accelerated h.264 encoding and decoding. I believe up to 30hz encoding and 60hz decoding at 1080p. There's newer boards based on more powerful SoC that will transcode h.265 and 4k video if that's your application.


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