Join Date: Nov 2013
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Newbie - suggestions on first time media server build
I'm hoping to get some feedback on building my first ever media server. I should note that I personally won't be building it. My cousin who loves this stuff will be building it and guiding me through this process. He is going to come up with a build that will fulfill my needs, but being how he is busy and i have some time on my hands, I figured I would get some insight from others with this knowledge.
After explaining to my cousin what I wanted as far as my media needs, he suggested that I do what he is doing and just build a server to network my house rather than an HTPC. He mentioned that he will be using Linux on the server and that it will be a headless server and access will be thru http and ssh. At all TV locations there will be a WD TV where it would access the server and feed my media through. My understanding is that using WD TV will not require transcoding.
My needs are basic, to view 1080p movies, tv shows, and pictures throughout my house (4tvs) via ethernet connection.
So my questions are:
- What hardware do you all suggest i go with given my needs?
- One thing I am concerned about this setup is the multiple TVs accessing the server at the same time. At the very least i will have 3 TVs using the server at the same time. Please account for this in your suggestions.
- One last thing to take into account. Not sure if this will be possible, but at some point i would like to stream my media to my phones, tablets using plex. This will require transcoding, so what, if any other hardware would i need for this to be possible?
Thanks ahead of time for your insight.