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u/uptown47 · 2 pointsr/PleX

Right... just reporting back on my findings on this and also looking for some help.

I've not been able to watch 4K films on my TV up until this point.

FIrstly, I bought this adaptor:

I "forgot" my WiFi settings so the TV had no internet connection. Plex was showing "No Connection".

As soon as I plugged it in it started flashing and Plex started working again! So... result so far!!!

Then I tried to play a movie that had the following audio...

  • Codec HEVC
  • Bitrate 85343 kbps
  • Bit Depth 10
  • Chroma Subsampling 4:2:0
  • Color Primaries bt2020
  • Color Range tv
  • Color Space bt2020nc
  • Color Trc smpte2084
  • Frame Rate 23.976 fps
  • Height 2160
  • Level 5.1
  • Profile main 10
  • Ref Frames 1
  • Width 3840
  • Display Title 4K (HEVC Main 10 HDR)

    The video was "direct play" but the audio (detailed above) transcoded and, unfortunately, it still buffers now and again?

    However, if I play another audio stream which is "direct play" then the film plays fine without buffering?

    Does anyone know what's causing it to buffer when I'm transcoding my audio??

    If I check the bandwidth, CPU and RAM whilst it's transcoding the audio, the bandwidth seems to spike around 260Mbps (the CPU and RAM seem very low and steady - around 20% for both). However, the bandwidth spikes don't seem to correlate with the buffering? It can go to 260Mbps and then drop to 150Mbps - then drop to around 100 and suddenly 'buffer'?

    Anyone know where to direct my attention next to fix it so that I can also transcode audio?

    (BTW X-play seems to be worse than Plex for some reason - unless there's settings in X-play I don't know about - I've only used it once before?)

    This is a massive leap forward as it is. Just being able to play 4K films is great. But it would be amazing if I could also play the proper audio?

    Thanks for your help :-)

    Note: TV is LG OLED65C7V
u/roarkry · 1 pointr/PleX

/r/PlexACD Refugee here, looking to bring everything back in house. Curious if anyone has been in a similar boat and has some feedback?

Here are some details about my situation:

  • I'm trying to optimize for space and minimize heat generated so i can run server/data from a closet
  • I'm planning on buying a storage solution (to save space and cut down on my complexity) instead of building one
  • I have maybe 4 TB of media, looking to grow a TB per year
    • Redundancy in data is not critical required
  • Concurrent transcoding is a rare situation - maybe 2 720p concurrent streams @ worst case
  • Happy running Ubuntu

    my approach (feel free to tear it apart or suggest alternatives)

  • NUC for Computer (this one has a CPU Passmark of 3824, so should be good for a 1080p and 720p concurrent) -
    • I'll add 4 GB of RAM to it - seems like plenty
  • PRORAID drive enclosure (gives me the option to use RAID or some software equivalent like flexRaid if i want in the future) -
    • I'll probably go with RAID5 and just buy some drives up front that will last me a few years - sounds simpler than the software raid stuf

      My findings through this research:

  • a NAS likely won't give me enough horsepower to feel comfortable in the transcoding department
  • If i use a NUC to serve up data, i don't need an underpowered NAS for storage - i could do just fine with drive enclosure
  • There are WAY too many software RAID options out there

u/HeroinChic1 · 1 pointr/PleX

I'm looking into getting this one:

I'm happy not running Plex off it, I just need a NAS and a place to store hard drives. Have a few questions if you don't mind:

First, I currently use two Seagate 5tb externals. A trusted source said I can connect externals on this with an easy fix? True?

Second, I heard my hard drives should stay the same size? Like I can't later add a 8tb hard drive as the third? That's fine if so, just curious.

Ty. I'm new to the NAS idea so I'm lost and any info would be appreciated! :)

u/JDM_WAAAT · 1 pointr/PleX

Edit: Refer to velogeek's comment below, this motherboard has 14 SATA natively.

I don't have a motherboard recommendation, but it's pretty easy to add more.

Cheap and dirty way: 4 port SATA PCI-E card

IMO the better way: Supermicro SAS 1, 2 port card
Flash to IT mode (very easy process with LSI MegaRaid software on windows) and use these or similar cables to breakout into 4 SATA per SAS port, in this case giving you 8 ports total.
The LSI card listed above is a SAS 1 card, while old will still give better performance than the SATA card. If you want even more performance (for SSD's and fast HDD's) check out SAS 2 cards. A little bit more money, but same concept. This guide should help you.

u/Chahk · 3 pointsr/PleX

Prebuilt NAS from the likes of Synology is a huge waste of money. The ones that can transcode 1080p media properly cost upwards of $600, and that's without the storage.

For well under $600 (again excluding storage) you can build a kick-ass dual socket Xeon based server that will transcode one 4k stream without breaking a sweat, 2 would be a stretch, but maybe.

  • Gigabyte GA-7PESH2 mobo - $175
  • 2x Xeon E5-2650 V2 - $110
  • Couple of half-decent coolers - $45
  • 4U server chassis - $145 often on sale for $100
  • 16GB 1066 or 1333 ECC REG memory - around $50 on eBay
  • Decent PSU with dial EPS connectors - $60 on Evga B-stock site
  • 2x SAS break-out cables if you want to run the SATA HDDs at their full potential speeds - $30
  • As much SATA storage as you can afford. I usually buy the 8TB WD MyBook external drives when they go on sale, for around $130 each, and shuck them.

    You won't even need a GPU. Just make sure your monitor has VGA input for setting up the server, and after the initial setup it can run headless. The passmark score on the 2 CPUs is over 20k which is plenty.

    For more information check out site and Discord channel. Based on their guides I built a very capable server for under $400, and it does extremely well transcoding multiple 1080p streams simultaneously. Besides Plex Media Server it also runs all my automation like NZBget, Sonarr, Radarr, Bazarr, Tautulli, MCEBuddy (for converting 4k to 1080p,) Commskip (for removing commercials from recorded OTA programs,) and is my backup target for 4 Duplicati sources. The CPU load never goes above 50%, so I may throw all my home automation on there as well.
u/Nitobert · 2 pointsr/PleX

Ok so I think your going about this the wrong way.

I’m try to keep it as simple as possible.

Most people use a NAS along with a Plex server because a NAS just can’t do it on its own. They don’t have the proper hardware to perform as good as a computer. You will not be happy!

If you want simple the I would buy a Nvidia Shield and set it up at your server.

I would also buy an external storage device for your hard drives. You can use a nas but you can also use something like this.

The shield might be a little intimidating to you when you set it up but trust me it’s your best plug and play solution available.

u/digitalmarley · 3 pointsr/PleX

I've been using this Mediasonic enclosure for the last few months and it works great, with USB 3.0 transfer rates are pretty decent. I have 4 reds in there and the cooling fan rarely turns on or gets hot. I am supporting both LAN and remote streaming and it works great.

Mediasonic ProBox HF2-SU3S2 4 Bay 3.5" SATA HDD Enclosure - USB 3.0 & eSATA Support SATA 3 6.0Gbps HDD transfer speed

u/fognar777 · 1 pointr/PleX

I used the free OpenMediaVault as the OS and built my server in an old cheap computer to start. I am tech savvy so I built my own second server and put it at a family members house as my offsite backup, but it sounds like that wouldn't be a good option for you.

With you wanting as much as 30TB of data on the server, an off site backup is a must and I would highly recommend some sort of RAID or redundancy. I decided to do mine on the cheap and use ZFS Raid1/RAID 5(only one disk of redundancy between 3 disks) and the offsite backup as a secondary.

When your talking about that much data you have to seriously look at whether or not your ISP imposes a monthly data cap. For my Comcast I can only use 1TB of data a month without incurring a bunch of extra cost. So regular offsite backups of a 30TB library would push me way over the edge, even if I backed up incrementally. And Restoring from any failures would push it over the edge again. If you have a data cap like I do I would recommend using an enclosure like this for backups. Plug it in and back up your stuff, then bring it to work or a friends and leave it until you want to run another backup. Restore process is quick since it isn't using the internet and it protects your data from a natural disaster at home.

u/Silverhawk1991 · 1 pointr/PleX

I used a 4 tb WD external drive on an old Dell laptop forever, until I recently upgraded to a TS 440. I bought a 4tb WD red drive (and drive caddies) and de-shelled the external to install internally. So I have the 4tb red and a 4tb green. Not raided or anything. It's working pretty well!

u/pcpcy · 0 pointsr/PleX

I'm Canadian. Trick is you buy the drives when there are good deals. I don't see any right now, but $400 is a bit high for 10 TB even in Canada. This 10 TB drive is CAD$300 or $315 after taxes on the Canadian Amazon store. This 8 TB drive is only CAD$184 on Amazon Canada, meaning you could get 16 GB for $368+tax.

Is the NAS really worth it for the premium price in storage? Guess it matters how much you care about redundancy. I personally don't because I can just re-download stuff fairly quickly if anything happened (~1.5 days for 16 TB and 1 Gbps connection) and nothing in my hard drive is that sensitive. Of course you might have other circumstances that make the premium price worth it.

u/warplayer · 1 pointr/PleX

Hey, I'm on an upgraded Dell Poweredge T20, too! I ended up picking up a couple of these to house all of my media drives. I installed Mediasonic's eSATA card, so I could get the full speed from the drives. It's a beautiful solution to a (kind of) cramped case. I'm up to 39.2TB of usable space (4.12TB free).

I also did the SSD boot drive upgrade.

I also upgraded the CPU, but I went with a Xeon E3-1240. I do lots of sharing.

I'm still running the stock 4GB ECC ram that it came with, and I've been blown away with the performance. I'm running every Plex related webapp you could imagine (Sickrage, PlexPy, etc) and I usually peak my ram usage around 85-95%. I do want to upgrade the ram very soon so I have room to grow, but I'm still so happy with how far that 4GB has gone.

Oh and I'm running Server 2012 R2. Great OS.

u/zvekl · 1 pointr/PleX

I don’t know about that— quicksync hw transcoding does pretty well. No one has been able to pull numbers but my nuc7 (last gen) i7 which has only 2cores was able to transcode 10 streams at same time during my own test. Plus I run blueiris with 10 cameras running. It probably can handle more streams but i didn’t try more simultaneous tests since I don’t ever get that many simultaneous users! Hardware transcode is huge.

I used these Mediasonic ProBox HF2-SU3S2 4 Bay 3.5” SATA HDD Enclosure – USB 3.0 & eSATA Support SATA 3 6.0Gbps HDD transfer speed

I had a icydock and it had a firmware problem that caused issues ... I am never going to use them again. I have 3 media Sonics and they work pretty darn good.

Edit: they even have hardware raid built in. Never tried those versions, more expensive

u/xodakahn · 1 pointr/PleX

Alright thanks. Nah, the Seagate was an 8TB with 16MB of cache. At least that's what a reviewer said. I have all WD drives. The 500GB is an old WD that I used for my first Plex drive.

u/mredofcourse · 3 pointsr/PleX

Is it a "Late 2012" model with 4 USB 3 ports?

Here's what I'm doing with a similar Mac mini...

I have 8 * 8TB Drives. 4 are live and 4 are used as cloned backups. This supports my 32TB library. I just keep adding in pairs, and I'm about to add 2 more.

Just add USB hubs if you need more ports. This is what I'm using. There are other hubs with more ports, but this meets my needs.

I then connect these drives in pairs. I currently have 8 of them in use. I have 1 in standby in case one of the others ever fails, I can bring it into use. I travel a lot, so being able to do that remotely is nice.

I run Carbon Copy Cloner to clone the drives instead of Time Machine. This allows me to schedule exactly when I want them cloning or I can manually click a button to clone on demand if I've just updated the library. It will send email alerts and notifications if there's a problem, and it will optionally mount/unmount the cloned drive (as well as other actions/scripts).

Really this is all a super easy way to go without any network issues you may encounter with a NAS.

There are some downsides as ultimately NAS/RAID can be less expensive and certainly less cluttered. My whole set up is in a giant server cabinet which houses a bunch of other equipment in for our home theater and the rest of the house, so that's not an issue.

u/matthewdavis · 4 pointsr/PleX

I was a longtime Harmony One user. And I decided to try the cheaper Logitech Harmony Smart Control (after the One finally kicked the bucket). And I love it. Give it a look and see if itll suite your needs.

Edit: link

u/ctrlaltd1337 · 1 pointr/PleX

I'm fairly certain that they will not be Reds, but worth a shot I suppose. Even with $100 off, $110 isn't that great of a price though - but if you're on a budget to start it's an understandable position.

8TB Elements (Red/White) is $205 on Amazon, and 8TB MyBook (Red/White) is $210 on Amazon and Best Buy. Still cheaper $/GB, but not a very good deal right now. Some other options would be Amazon Warehouse deals (if you're feeling risky), as they have the 8TB Elements on for $183. Or if you're close to the border, has the 8TB EasyStore on for $140USD (~$186CAD).

u/TahaEng · 1 pointr/PleX

10TB for $169 was a pretty decent price (the sale from a few days ago you were probably thinking of). But Amazon has 8TB for $139 on a regular basis, basically has been at that price all year. $17.50 a gigabyte, and according to reports the internal drives are largely white label and pretty good quality.

Not bad to strip out the drives and put in a home build, if you need / want that much space.

u/originalprime · 1 pointr/PleX

I am truly surprised that no one has mentioned the Nvidia Shield TV for this application. The device can be had for well under $200 and you can attach external drives to it.

It has plenty of oomph as a Plex Server for your described use case. This concept gives you:

  • All the transcoding goodness you want without mucking with filetypes and formats
  • Small footprint
  • Low power consumption
  • Can be run essentially headless
  • Cost effective

    Hopefully /u/Cravenspurs is still reading this thread!

    edit: formatting
u/bobby-t1 · 5 pointsr/PleX

I have this this harmony remote and hub and until your comment, didn't know it worked over bluetooth. Thanks!

Looking at the details page of the Shield TV (non-Pro 2017 model), and in the customer Q&A, a person says:

> I have used that with a Logitech harmony elite remote which uses a remote hub to control the shield tv via Bluetooth. Looks like i should be good to go!

u/MisterShiverz · 2 pointsr/PleX

Not a problem man i can't remember the last time i purchased a drive locally PB is only good for small SSD's but anything over 4TB they are ridiculously priced. If you dont necessarily need NAS drive these are a good drive to shuck and great for media purchased 12 of these over the last 2 years for my server and have not had any issues and probably the cheapest way to get 8tbs to NZ.


u/zimzamzoom2 · 0 pointsr/PleX

If you're just adding a couple HDDs to your PC then don't worry about going over your power supply's rated use.

But if you're curious have a look at this

My advice is to not buy external drives because you will always buy more HDDs and eventually you'll have 5-10 externals each taking up a power socket and lots of floor space.

Instead I would recommend buying a large (6-10TB) internal drive. That way you will end up with fewer HDDs so that means less power use, less SATA cables/slots used etc.

If you buy small 2-5TB then you'll need another in a short while, where as if you get an 8TB it'll take a lot longer.

When storing media it's a when and not an if you need more drives.

But to answer one of your questions, just buy one of these 8TB drives. Inside are WD Reds IIRC which isn't a shabby drive at all. Have a look around to see if you can get the same product cheaper, sometimes bestbuy etc has it on sale.

u/arnemetis · 1 pointr/PleX

Watch for the wd easystore / element drives to go on sale, as of this post the best deal is this 8tb for $125 at amazon -

u/katyggls · 1 pointr/PleX

So, I'm a complete novice where a lot of this stuff is concerned and after a few hours spent reading about NAS and RAID and what not, my head is sort of spinning. The thing is, most everything suggested here and most other places seems like overkill for my needs, and also too expensive for my budget. Also, something like "build your own NAS from the ground up" is beyond my capabilities, so I need to just be able to buy something and throw a bunch of drives into it. Basically what I need is more storage to fill up with movies and that's pretty much it. I currently have three external drives (an 8 TB, a 4 TB, and a 2 TB) hooked up to my computer, which is also my media server. I'm running out of space on all the drives and usb ports to plug them into. My computer is a Dell XPS 8500 with an Intel i7-3770 3.4 GHz CPU and 16 GB of RAM with Windows 10. I'm only running Plex for my home media setup; there's never more than two people/devices using it at once, and most often, just one. I've never had any issues with my home computer being the server, everything is speedy and runs perfectly. Do I need a NAS if all I'm after is more storage and I don't need it to serve as a server? Could I just get some kind of dummy box like this and just put some drives in it and call it good? I don't really care about backup, which I'm aware is a ridiculous thing to say, but I'm talking about disks of questionably obtained movies and tv shows. If one of them failed, I'd be sad for ten minutes and then just reacquire a bunch of stuff. I could just upgrade one of my external drives, but that's starting to feel a bit wasteful, and I'd like to get something that's not as clunky as having three separate external disks sitting on my desktop. I'd like to start with at least 20 TB of storage with the ability to upgrade to more in future by putting in a new drive. Is a 4 bay Hard Drive enclosure fine for my needs or is there something else I need a NAS for that I'm not aware of?

u/philosowaffle · 1 pointr/PleX

I run my plex server on a dedicated laptop without any major issues. As already mentioned by others, occasionally updates are installed that reboot the machine and my external drives do not re-mount. This is pretty rare and not a big deal for me to go remount the drives. Make sure to store it in a well ventilated area, as laptops tend to get hot.

As far as external storage goes, I would recommend investing in a DAS, I use this one. This gives you external storage, but also allows you to buy a bare hard drive like WD Red's.

u/talz13 · 1 pointr/PleX

No, not worth it. If you are going to look into servers, start hunting ebay for used Dell r710 / r610 / r510 servers. You might be able to find one for ~$200, and it will be soooo much better.

You really want to be looking at xeon 5600 series CPUs, or newer... Here's a comparison with the xeon e5645 I have in my server, to the 5160 in that server:

Really, the i5 should be great for plex, what else are you running on it? Does it have USB 3? If so, maybe you could just look at something like this instead:

It appears to be a 4 drive enclosure that can connect via USB 3 to your PC, for $99

u/Visvism · 2 pointsr/PleX

Yes stock OS X is what I use. Apple has made OS X server a separate application that you now purchase from the App Store and run as if it were a regular program. It configures more advanced features of OS X and then can be closed out while the background processes still run.

I went the cheap route and purchased the linked enclosure below with 4 3TB WD Red drives.

Mediasonic HFR2-SU3S2 PRORAID 4 Bay 3.5" SATA Hard Drive Enclosure - USB 3.0 & eSATA

Because my Mac Mini is older than USB 3.0 and only has 2.0 ports, I purchased this device:

Kanex Thunderbolt to eSATA plus USB 3.0 Adapter

With that I am able to run the raid via the eSata port which is extremely fast and it provides a USB 3.0 passthrough port if I want to attach another device. Since my older Mac Mini only has one thunderbolt port, I first connect an older desktop Seagate GoFlex drive which has a passthrough thunderbolt port, which I've linked here.

Seagate GoFlex Desk 3TB External Hard Drive for Mac in Black with Thunderbolt Adapter STBC3000102

u/sagor4 · 1 pointr/PleX

may i suggest

not knowing your budget you can pair this with these

you can remove the drives from the enclosire and add drives as needed. that said i suggest installing crystal disc to make sure your drives are not dmged on arival since they were not ment to be used in this way if there all set the drives should run flawless for several years

that said if your not looking for huge storage options then

this is efectivly 50% better for processing videos and will have u encoding atleast 7 videos at 1080p X264

u/SupportPig · 1 pointr/PleX

My current setup is fifteen 4 TB drives in a Rosewill RSV-L4500 chassis.

I use unRAID for the OS so I dedicate two of the 4 TB drives to parity, and the rest to data (13*4TB = 52 TB of usable space), and have a 500 GB SSD velcroed to an open spot in the case for thumbnails and caching. It runs headless and mostly just handles Plex and backups for my other computers.

My rule of thumb is that if I have 3 or more external drives, it's time to consider moving everything in to a single chassis - either a dedicated multi drive NAS, DAS, Thunderbolt or USB enclosure, or a dedicated server like this one.

u/puma987 · 3 pointsr/PleX

I've used pcie sata expanders with mixed success, sometimes the hard drives would disappear and reappear on a reboot, you definitely don't want that to happen on a raid setup. An HBA flashed to IT mode with breakout cables works really well, I use it in my server and it is rock solid.



u/flippage · 1 pointr/PleX

You can upgrade the case without upgrading the motherboard. A mATX mobo will fit into most full-ATX cases as they usually have mounting holes for both.

Another option if you want to just put more drives into your existing PC is to get one of the Mediasonic 4-bay external enclosures:

I've heard a few people suggest them around here. Has space for 4 drives, there is a hardware RAID version you can get, and it's got a cooling fan in it.

This way your PC would still be able to serve up the transcoding, where a NAS can be pretty expensive with generally not as much transcoding capabilities.

u/Jr712 · 2 pointsr/PleX

Instead of buying the overpriced red drives for $230 each you could shuck 8TB WD Elements external drives for $140 each. The hard drives inside are thought to be re-labeled Reds. That will save you $900.

u/mkadam68 · 2 pointsr/PleX

Well, it's not strictly a NAS, but for the past few years, I've created my own pseudo-NAS by using two MediaSonic ProBox's attached via USB3 to my Win10 Plex server. It can also connect via eSATA if you want. It's alot cheaper than a NAS box at $100, and they do have versions you can RAID. I run StableBit DrivePool to make management of the media files I put on it easier (and DrivePool can setup a parity drive as well).

u/rotll · 1 pointr/PleX

Lenovo Thinkserver from Amazon. The first review goes into a lot of detail on how well this works as a PLEX server, so you might be interested in seeing that to help you decide.

u/mgfootballer · 1 pointr/PleX

This doesn't answer your question, but wanted to give you another thought for setup. I bought 4 WD Red's along with a Raid Enclosure. I set the RAID up with 1 + 0 so I have a total of ~7.5 TB and they are mirrored for redundancy.

u/SLeepdepD · 2 pointsr/PleX

I'm happy with my Mediasonic PRORAID 4 Bay Enclosure with 4 - 4 TB Western Digital Reds. I have it configured with RAID 5 (distributed parity) so 10.9 TB capacity.

It's probably not the most cost effective setup at $826, nor future proof--when I'm out of space I'll either need another set of enclosure and drives or have to upgrade all my drives to 6 TB+ and find a use for the old ones.

EDIT: additional details

u/MasterKongQiu · 4 pointsr/PleX

They're $205 currently on Amazon:

I've never paid more than $100 for 5TB and $200 for 8TB. You mostly just have to wait for deals on externals and then shuck them. If you are in it for the long haul, it is worth saving money shucking as long as you have a backup. Example for $750 you could get 6 x 5TB of shucked Seagate drives. You would only be able to get 3 x 5TB of WD Red.

u/BlanchDolor · 2 pointsr/PleX

>The only reason to put a home server in a rack is because you want to, because it's cool.

I respectfully disagree. It's a quick and easy way to add 15 internal drive bays, which is a lot harder to find in a traditional desktop PC case. There's absolutely a function for both setups, beyond just someone's personal choice because they might find it "cool". But at this point I don't think either of us is going to convince the other!

u/freezurbern · 10 pointsr/PleX

I was in the same situation, I ran out of space in my case for drives. I am using a USB enclosure for Plex and it works great:

Mediasonic ProBox HF2-SU3S2 4 Bay 3.5" SATA HDD Enclosure - USB 3.0 & eSATA Support SATA 3 6.0Gbps HDD transfer speed

u/beach13 · 1 pointr/PleX

I have a B7A and I bought this Adapter:

At first I didn't think it was working when I plugged it in it said "unknown device connected" and under network connection it said "not connected". However I opened up plex and I played a 4k HDR 100Mbps+ movie and it works great with no stuttering at all, and this is in plex, not XPLAY. Well worth it.

Just thing to note you have to forget your wifi SSID otherwise it will default to that.

EDIT. Just did a speed test on it. Was able to get 250 down. When my computer can get 300. So pretty happy, this was my only complaint about this tv

u/Greg00135 · 2 pointsr/PleX

Kind of like u/RedXon said, I would recommend against a USB 3.0 hub you will probably run into more headaches than it is worth.

If you are dead set on continuing to use your Nvidia Shield as the server I would recommend getting something like this drive Enclosure

u/Switchkill · 1 pointr/PleX

Just glancing, but it looks like there's some integration of it and that the app is free (maybe just for me since I own it already). I guess it works like Roku and you set it up then download the plex app onto the device? Then you could access the remote PC from there.

u/DARKZIDE4EVER · 1 pointr/PleX

> SI-PEX40064

Thanks, I initiated a return with refund to Amazon of the Syba I ordered which had RAID option and got the IO Crest of that same model you mentioned. Hope this works.

Here is the link:

u/Shawn_miller · 4 pointsr/PleX

I have the ProBox and have been using it for a few years.

About a year ago I put a noctura fan on the back as the stock one was a bit loud. Over time

Works great

u/wor2k · 3 pointsr/PleX

I could be very wrong but I don't think there is a difference between the two stores....?

Under amazon link: "What's new in version" Link

Under google play link: "Fixes (v3.6.2)" Link

From their notes it looks like amazon has the newer version but I would assume you can update either of them once in the downloaded app? Now I'm confused.

u/qverb · 3 pointsr/PleX

Try a ProBox; its still external, but can hold 4 or 8 drives and is relatively cheap (unless you need the RAID version). I have 6 of the 4-bays and they work perfect.

u/GamingTrend · 1 pointr/PleX

I ended up using this remote:

It has been able to control my Onkyo, Shield, TiVo, and TV without any problems. If you pick it up and find that it's being really, really, REALLY slow with commands, disconnect the IR Blaster and everything will clear up nicely.

u/Chrs987 · 2 pointsr/PleX

Just bought one on Amazon the other day.
WD 8TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBWLG0080HBK-NESN

u/LinuxGeek28 · 1 pointr/PleX

Here's another idea...

It has built in Raid 5 support. I've never used one, but the description seems to fit your needs and the price is right....

u/GeekMania · 2 pointsr/PleX

With regards to additional sata connections, a SAS backplane to A HBA card is out the question at the moment but to start with would something like this be fine to use:

If so would it be fine to connect the drives that plex use to that or will that cause issues with the plex server? (if im watching something on a hdd connected to the pci card and my partner wants to watch something else on the ipad but that is on a different hdd also connected to the pci card)

u/sk9592 · 2 pointsr/PleX

Yeah, I got the 4 drive one as well and loaded it up with 10TB drives.

I suspect that by the time I need more storage, I will need to break down and invest in a server chassis like this one:

Room for 15 drives in there.

My ultimate plan would be to get a server chassis like the one above, max out the hard drives, put in a couple SSDs for caching. Run UnRAID as the OS and Plex on top of that. I would probably drop in a Quadro card for hardware transcoding and a 10Gbe Ethernet card.

That project is at least a year away though.

u/zachisonreddit · 3 pointsr/PleX

Hey there - sounds like you are just trying to consolidate a bunch of external HDs, is that right? When I was at that "stage" in my Plex build I got something like this ProBox, connected to the computer running Plex. Never had issues with it, started with 2 drives, had 4 before I moved them over to my current unRAID server.

u/SwiftPanda16 · 1 pointr/PleX

The deal is mentioned in the product description of the Plex app on the Amazon app store.

> ... (annual Plex Pass on sale in-app TODAY ONLY through the Amazon app store for 50% off: $19.99 USD, normally $39.99! - tablets only) ...

After the first year, the price of an annual Plex Pass will revert to the regular annual price, currently $39.99. Prices may vary in other currencies.

Note: You must install the Plex app from the Amazon app store to get this deal. You cannot install the app from the Google Play store. The deal is for the annual Plex Pass subscription only, and not available for the monthly or lifetime subscription.

I'm not sure about the tablets only. Someone please confirm. Thanks. Edit: Confirmed working with phones and Fire TV.

u/faeralini · 1 pointr/PleX

My current setup is just my old laptop with an 8TB external hard drive

The laptop is fairly powerful so I’m not planning on replacing that but am looking for an expandable storage option.

I was looking at getting a NAS but was wondering...can I just use an external HDD enclosure that I can add drives to? Would there be major disadvantages to this?

Was thinking of something like this Mediasonic ProBox HF2-SU3S2 4 Bay 3.5” SATA HDD Enclosure – USB 3.0 & eSATA Support SATA 3 6.0Gbps HDD transfer speed

Since it is much cheaper than a NAS

u/gurg2k1 · 1 pointr/PleX

Do they have to be 4TB? I just bought two of these bad boys for $300 and shucked them. The 4TB drives in your OP are $48 + $15+ shipping meaning you'd only be paying around $15 more for brand new WD drives with the capacity (and price) of two of those used drives. I would also suggest waiting for black friday and checking out if there are better deals available.

u/johnnyprimus · 2 pointsr/PleX

So, if you can swing a little bit of extra cash:

This is down to 397 from 450. Quad core xeon, but does not include a harddrive. You can grab a 1TB (if that is sufficient) for 60 bucks.

All three compared.

It's also incredibly quiet, and my kill-a-watt says it likes to idle at 20.8 watts, load is allegedly 50W but i have not yet gone up to watch while it's transcoding.

u/bitchkat · 2 pointsr/PleX

A mediasonic enclosure and 4x6TB WD Red hard drives.

u/FightOnForUsc · 2 pointsr/PleX

They are 160

WD 10TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBWLG0100HBK-NESN

u/kwarner04 · 2 pointsr/PleX

Any reason you're not just upgrading to larger HDDs? Grab a couple of the 10Tb drives on sale right now (Amazon Prime Deal) and move the data over. You could copy all your data to a single drive for a short period, wipe and rebuild the server on something easy like mergerFS ( which lets you expand without any issues.

Much cheaper than buying additional hardware and then going through the trouble of running plex via NFS/SMB mounts.

But to each their own...

u/RedXon · 2 pointsr/PleX

That depends on the OS you are running on that box. If it is Unraid for example you would be able to add external drives in an external enclosure for example. Or you could "simply" switch to a bigger case and just go from there. Or as an extreme case scenario you could buy another server and mount the disk there as network mounts (assuming your network is fast enough) or something like that. THe question is what you are willing to pay for that expansion. But yeah, the simplest I guess would be something like this:

(NOt this one in particular, I have no experience with this one, it was just the first I found. Just look for eSATA or if possible external SAS could be even possible, and not USB).

u/jojowasher · 20 pointsr/PleX

I would go with an unraid server, buy one big drive, like a 10TB for $189 take it out of the enclosure and start with that, then slowly transfer your data onto it, and when you empty a USB drive take the HD out of the enclosure and add it to your server. You would be able to do this for $300-400 to start, then add on as you go. There are some really good guides to get you started, here is one

u/Sir-Joshua · 1 pointr/PleX

They're only $139 freedom dollars

Western Digital 8TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBWLG0080HBK-NESN

u/nicknacc · 1 pointr/PleX

Looking to downsize hTPC, take a look and give some pointers?

Currently have a nzxt h440 with 3x 4tb drives in it. Its too big. I want to put all my stuff in a ncase m1 eventually. So since the shield can be the plex server itself now can I throw my drives into this:
hook that up to the shield and run plex from there? I don't care about redundancy at all for my movies and tv shows so is this thing overkill? All I need is access to the hdd space over my network to drop newly downloaded movies onto it. Is there a cheaper option (don't feel like building a nas right now)
thanks for the help!

u/slippery_salmons · 1 pointr/PleX

This situation is how I got started with FreeNAS. I started with 3 drives in a standard ATX case. Then had 8 drives in a Full Phanteks tower. Now I have a 15 bay Rosewill case. I built a rack for mine, but it could sit on a shelf somewhere.

I have one of these with these cables to expand on sata ports.

u/Banzai51 · 9 pointsr/PleX

Harmony Hub is currently on sale at Amazon too. Hub plus the basic remote for $80

u/calcium · 1 pointr/PleX

Not on sale, but you can pickup a Seagate 8TB external for $139 on Amazon whenever you like.

u/Mike-W · 2 pointsr/PleX

I see this one at Amazon for $183:

Does this means it's a fairly standard price or is the Amazon one different?

How cheap can you normally find this drive?


u/McFeely_Smackup · 1 pointr/PleX

Is it one of these?

I bought two of these to temporarily migrate all my data to while I was rebuilding my primary array and they were great, solid units. but with a soft power button. It never bit me, but that was a deal breaker for using them long term.

u/slider162 · 7 pointsr/PleX

Looks like it is also on sale on Amazon. About $15 difference between eBay and Amazon.

u/talkincat · 1 pointr/PleX

They had this for $70 on Black Friday. This is pretty incredible with the Shield TV.

I'd obviously rather that the Shield came with a more useful remote, but this is a nice enhancement.

u/drmacinyasha · 1 pointr/PleX

I'll recommend exactly what I got: ThinkServer TS140 with a Xeon E3. Now, that may seem a bit overkill, but for us it's been absolutely perfect doing:

  • HTPC (via VLC for one-off videos, Plex for Home Theater, Netflix Windows 8.1 app, YouTube in Chrome, etc.)

  • Plex Server (library is currently distributed amongst 3x 1 TB externals, and one of these, looking to get a few more of them to replace the older drives)

  • Seedbox using Deluge

  • Lite gaming rig using an old Radeon 6670 I had laying around collecting dust. Not going to run Crysis or anything, but it's enough to get 80 FPS in iRacing on maximum settings, Portal 2, etc.

  • Transcoding (when needed) for all of our devices (three smartphones, two other desktops, five laptops, a chromebook, two tablets...).

    But the most important feature: It's dead silent. I mean really, with absolutely nothing else on in the room, I have to get within three feet to barely hear the CPU's fan even when it's ramped up to 100% on all four cores at 3.6 GHz, transcoding new Blu-ray remuxes to generate media index files, thrashing a few dozen torrents, and Steam hammering the bandwidth downloading games to the SSD.

    It's a terrific little beast. The HDD it comes with isn't too great (500 GB, 5400 RPM), so I threw an EVO 850 Pro in for Windows 8.1 Pro, Steam, and Plex's metadata, while all torrents go through a 500 GB WD Black laptop drive I had sitting around. The 4 GB of RAM it came with has been plenty so far, but I'm looking to upgrade as there have been a couple of moments when it ran dangerously low due to one roommate or another leaving Chrome open overnight with a few dozen tabs open.
u/mattbuford · 1 pointr/PleX

Motherboard/CPU is Asrock Q1900M, chosen for being cheap ($60 motherboard + CPU), ultra low power, compatible with normal desktop RAM, having 3 PCIe slots, and USB3:

I reused a Supermicro SC760 case I've been using since the 1990s, which is great in that it has 6 5.25" bays:

3 of these, which I've been using for well over 10 years now, provide 9 3.5" hotswap bays:

I actually pulled one of the above bays out and replaced it with this similar 2.5" bay just a month or two ago, when I also swapped out 5 3.5" HDs for 4 2.5" SSDs:

DDR3 RAM was just whatever I had lying around from old PCs

Power supply is just some cheap 430W unit. Total system draw is well under 100 watts under full load.

The 3 PCIe slots have 3 of these, providing 12 SATA ports (plus the motherboard has 2 built in for a total of 16):

Power for the backups array (which is all external USB drives) is controlled by an ancient APC AP9222 coupled with an APC Masterswitch VM controller and AP9606 SNMP card. I can power the outlets on and off with the "snmpset" command in linux, so backups is basically just a shell script. Turn on power, wait 60 seconds, mount filesystem run backup, unmount filesystem, wait 60 seconds, power off.

u/dhmtb11 · 2 pointsr/PleX

Mediasonic ProBox HF2-SU3S2 4 Bay 3.5" SATA HDD Enclosure - USB 3.0 & eSATA Support SATA 3 6.0Gbps HDD transfer speed

u/stimmie · 20 pointsr/PleX

This is the adapter that is tested:

I have ordered it as well to use on my LG C8. The adapter is said to be working despite the TV not recognizing it or showing the settings.

edit: made a table with the reported working results so far:

|LG B7|CM B00BBD7NFU|?|cipher7777|
|LG B8|CSL B074THPF3L|?|wilberforceReginald|
| LG 65B7V|CM B00BBD7NFU|?|sliyk|

u/derekvof · 1 pointr/PleX

Keep an eye on the Amazon App store for Fire TV and Android - right now, for example, the Plex client is free -

u/RabidTurtl · 0 pointsr/PleX

We had problems with Roku, I just don't care for their devices.

If money is no issue, get an nvidia shield. It will play practically everything, and already has plex built in. I ended up getting two for my in-laws. As for other devices, I'm not familiar with them. From my understanding the amazon fire devices tend to be a bit underpowered, you may want to consider android based devices.

All tech is going to have an initial "getting use to" phase. The shield wasn't too bad for my in-laws to get use to, though they definitely needed help early on.

u/jameschoyce · 4 pointsr/PleX

Something like a Kill-A-Watt would let you plug everything into a power bar then plug the power bar into the Kill-A-Watt and measure the total power draw of everything.

u/imthedevil · 6 pointsr/PleX

It's actually $179, exactly like Apple TV 4K that OP bought.

u/mishac · 3 pointsr/PleX

I"m running either that same mediasonic box or a very similar one, and I'm very happy with it. The only issue I have is the blinking blue lights are stupidly bright.

EDIT: It's acutally this one that I have, which is the same thing but without the RAID. I use ZFS so I didn't need the hardware RAID functionality.

u/MuttJunior · 2 pointsr/PleX

That would work.

Or, you could use an external drive enclosure, like this one if you're concerned about the cost of a NAS. this is a lower cost solution. Instead of a few hundred dollars for the NAS (before the drives), this is only $100. It connects to your PC either eSATA or USB 3.0 (2.0 also works, but a little slower). Each drive shows up as an individual drive, but you could set up a software RAID for redundancy. And if you run out, you can always add more enclosures later.

u/kevlaar7 · 3 pointsr/PleX

I picked mine up from Amazon:

Be advised, it only comes with airflow blanks, so you'll need to pickup drive caddies for each drive you plan to install (up to 12).

Drive caddy:

Mine also only came with one PSU, so if you want the redundant PSU, will need to find one separately (I have not found a decently priced one yet) if your seller does not include both. There are several seller options when I purchased...I went with one that was new in box.

u/riffy13 · 3 pointsr/PleX

For live content you're better off with Kodi/SPMC with a homerun device. There are others like Tablo, but they're buggy & have subscriptions. Or... I use a cheap HDHomeRun CONNECT wth TVHeadEnd on Linux. Plex has a channel to watch Live TV both from TVHeadEnd or HDHR Viewer & the recordings are seen just fine in Plex too, even tho they have to be transcoded to view on a lot of devices. You can even get fancy & use comskip to remove the commercials for ya. :-)

u/MattJC123 · 2 pointsr/PleX

And you may need a headless monitor adapter to get full screen resolution. This one works well.

u/sliyk · 3 pointsr/PleX


My tv is LG65B7V

the dongle I bought from Amazon is at the following link;


Please keep in mind that I have also tried a usb 2.0 dongle which the TV didn't recognise, I randomly tried this 3.0 one (got the tip from the LG Wbos forums) and it really did the trick for me. I was going towards bashing-head-against wall frustration levels.

u/Mumrahte · 1 pointr/PleX

These little PC's are ok but for:

Client I would probably rather get one of those 120$ intel stick PC's.

Server Either a low end server like this
or a NUC or a self built HTPC

u/SeaNap · 1 pointr/PleX

Drivepool doesnt prevent data loss, the SnapRAID parity drive does. Check out their faq for how it all works, pretty cool stuff. But yeah your right, if your drive fails you have two options; fix it under warranty (deleting everything on it, or a new drive), or throwing it out. You buy a new drive to replace it and the parity rebuilds the drive with all the data that was on the failed.

Im powering 16 through a SAS backplane to a HBA card, 6 on the on board SATA, and 4 in a cheap pci sata expander (24 data and 2 ssd os).

u/Conradical314 · 5 pointsr/PleX

It's still $0.99 on Amazon store.

It is not worth your time wondering about unofficial apps when $0.99 will get you the official app with mainstream support (new features and guaranteed updating). Normally I would want to qualify such a statement with "each to their own", but if you don't got 99 cents you're gonna wanna work on that before your media server.

u/worldlybedouin · 1 pointr/PleX

I'd probably go with the cheaper NUC, 256GB m.2 ssd (OS on the NUC), and get one of these for bulk external storage. I've used several of these mediasonic boxes before connected to both Mac and PC. They worked just fine for external storage. Also leaves plenty of room for adding in more drives later as your Plex libarary goes. That was a few years I have a proper server with 64TB storage (16x4TB drives).

u/bauerknight · 2 pointsr/PleX

Amazon is showing $2.49 for some reason. It was 1.99 an hour ago.

u/iamofnohelp · 1 pointr/PleX

The price of the HDHR4 had gone up about $25 from $89 to $114 since the Plex announcement.

Plus they look out of stock on Amazon right now.

Last I looked, Micro Center had them for $79.

u/World177 · 1 pointr/PleX

$139 at Amazon. [link]

Edit: Just noticed this post is for Australians.

u/d70 · 3 pointsr/PleX

And yes, it's live on the Amazon AppStore too! (for Fire TV)

u/lVlouse_dota · 1 pointr/PleX

I would suggest getting a(n)

u/StockmanBaxter · 1 pointr/PleX

So I'm planning on buying a few more 4TB hard drives and putting them in this thing:

I was planning on putting all my media content on there and pointing my media server to there.

This should work fine correct? I'm not planning on having the server run off of it. Just a raid with the media hosted there.

u/Jordanl91 · 2 pointsr/PleX

How many PCIE slots do you have open? You can always just get one of these
IO Crest 4-port SATA III PCIe 2.0 x2 Controller Card Green, SI-PEX40064
Rebuild your case if you don’t have enough space and get hot swappable 3.5 bays. It all just depends on budget and what you want / have.

u/Fribbtastic · 1 pointr/PleX

somewhat like that yeah though I would go rather to something like this.

The case you linked has two bays and I can't find any mention of the drives included and for the price I also don't think that they are. This supports RAID level 0 and 1.

RAID 0 stripes your data by writing it first to one and then to the other. This is good to combine the drives and one but if one of the drives fail the whole array fails as well.

RAID 1 mirrors your data so you only can actively use 1 of your drives but when one of the drives fail you can always use the other drive.

So, it looks good as a drive but IMO a bit expensive for just two bays.

u/MaresDoOrgasm · 2 pointsr/PleX

I'm measuring from the wall using one of these things.

  • Idle: ~120W
  • Plex transcoding (1-2 users): ~220W
  • Full CPU load: ~335W
  • Full CPU + GPU load: ~540W

    I actually had to underclock my GPU a little to stay within the 600W limit of the PSU, otherwise the system would reboot under heavy GPU load.
u/Vinnyb1322 · 1 pointr/PleX

So you'll take one of these for your Prime HD?

u/ProximaC · 3 pointsr/PleX

I use two of these. They're 150 each on Amazon. It's over 100, but you get what you pay for.

u/ugnaught · 2 pointsr/PleX

Technically there are some bluetooth unviersal remotes on the market.

But they are few and far inbetween.

It is also a matter of getting the right codes for the FireTV which I am not sure if most vendors have released their codes for it.

u/exographicskip · 1 pointr/PleX

I see the Elements HDD for $124.99. Not sure if there's any functional difference as they're both USB 3.0. Maybe the internal drive is something other than what the EasyStore uses?

u/DarthKane1978 · 1 pointr/PleX

Barebone system, Passmark near 7,000 for $329.00

Lenovo ThinkServer TS140 70A4001LUX 5U Tower Server 3.2 GHz Intel Xeon E3-1225 v3 Processor, 4 GB ECC RAM
Just needs hard drives, OS (Linux), and more RAM depending on usage.

u/tvtb · 2 pointsr/PleX

I don't know if it's the cheapest, but the HDHomeRun Connect does two tuners with an HD antenna for $99. There are ones with more than two tuners but you'll pay more.

u/manbearpig2012 · 1 pointr/PleX

Nice! Problem is it's plum full... Got 5 drives in there and can't fit another... Thinking I'll get an SA120 to attach

u/smudgepost · 1 pointr/PleX

Not a fan of WD too many burned out drives. Doing well with these as archive storage, mirrored from Linux, one used one as backup. Seagate Expansion 8TB Desktop External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STEB8000100)

u/Feltz- · 2 pointsr/PleX

Intel xeon e3 thinkserver, add a few more sticks of ecc ram, a few wd red hdds and /r/freenas and you've got one hell of a plex machine and then some.

u/kalehulk · 1 pointr/PleX

I use this one in an Unraid box.

I/O Crest 4 Port SATA III PCI-e 2.0 x1 Controller Card Marvell 9215 Non-Raid with Low Profile Bracket SI-PEX40064

u/justathoughtfromme · 5 pointsr/PleX

I have an 8TB Seagate Expansion external hooked up to my Shield, and I've had no issues with sleep/wake issues.

u/trogdorsmith · 2 pointsr/PleX

I use mine headless. I use vnc to access locally, and used to use the chrome remote desktop for when I wasn't home. Problem with that was, if you don't have a mouse hooked up, you don't get a cursor.

Also, the resolution can get jacked up if you don't have a monitor, so a headless hdmi dummy plug fixes that problem. This is the one I have

u/aeramor · 1 pointr/PleX

Odd, mine got the latest version Saturday. You can see for yourself it was updated by checking the version info here:

u/ryaniskira · 1 pointr/PleX

>I was mainly thinking I could use the PCI express slot for another SATA card when the time came for upgrading, but again thats a future issue.

Don't go with a SATA card, use SAS. SATA cards are usually stuck to 1x slots and can only connect 4 drives (and even then the 1x slot can start bottlenecking you). SAS cards can connect SATA drives and they usually have more PCIe lanes so they will not be a bottleneck. All you need is a SAS card and SAS to SATA breakout cables.

u/[deleted] · -1 pointsr/PleX

Don't listen to these fools. Buy a usb 3.0 card they cost about $20 get drivepool and then buy western digital my book 4tb usb3.0. They have the same speed as internals, they're cheaper and they don't take up chasis room. Also, whenever you need more space just plug in a new one and add it to the pool. Boom. done.

Also, no proprietary recoveries like you do with most nas boxes.

Edit: link

u/zirus1701 · 3 pointsr/PleX

You get a PCI-express SAS controller to install. They come in 2 and 4 port varieties, and you get SAS to SATA cables (turns one SAS port to 4 SATA connectors) to plug into it to connect your hard drives. That could be 16 drives per card, a couple of PCI-Express slots and you'll have more SATA connectors than you have room for hard drives.

Edit: I'm in no way recommending this specific one, but here is one example of what I'm talking about: (it's a 2 port variety).

and for cables:

u/Puptentjoe · 1 pointr/PleX


If you mean one of those $25 cards like this do not buy these. I’ve had about ten in my past and they can die and/or throw errors easily. You get dead ports, it’s a crappy nightmare.

I ended up getting an HBA card for my big server and a Dell Perc H200 already put into IT mode off eBay for $50. These cards are way better than pci expansion cards.

u/waraxx · 3 pointsr/PleX

how hot are they running?

if you lack sata data ports then you can add some more by buying a sata expantion card.

a card such as this one should do the trick.

Sata expantion card

I have two of these running smoothly on ubuntu 16.04 and should be no problem for windows. worked out of the box for me.

u/bizzy11 · 1 pointr/PleX

I'm not sure why you're having trouble with Teamviewer, I use it exclusively to control all my PC's remotely. Have you reformatted the Plex server PC at all?

Can you elaborate on "the thing works about once every 10 tries." Are you getting an error message when you try to connect? Does it time out? Is Teamviewer just not starting up with your PC?

I also run my Plex server on a dedicated Windows 10 PC and initially had some problems connecting and controlling it.

I'm not sure if you're experiencing the same problems, but I had to enable Mouse Keys in Windows for it to read my keyboard commands:

I also had to buy one of these as the resolution was way too low: