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post #1 of 4 Old 11-22-2012, 06:53 AM - Thread Starter
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I wanna digitize my DVDs to an external hard drive that's downstairs and be able to watch them up stairs and anywhere else in the house.
Heres what I have:
External hard drive connected via USB to Apple Extreme Router
Roku HD connected to TV upstairs
PS3 downstairs

The Roku and PS3 are on my wifi and the hard drive is accessible via wifi as well.
MacBook Pro is my main computer.

I have Plex on the Roku and thought that would do the job but, correct me if I'm wrong, you have to have Plex Media Server running (and therefore my Mac up and running constantly) to stream anything to the Plex on Roku.
Any suggestions or thoughts ?
Thank you for your input!
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Yes the downside of Plex is it needs it's custom server software running somewhere.

There is a way to stream via Plex to the Roku and to the PS3 but it involves buying some new hardware.
1) Encode all your movies into H.264/m4v using Handbrake, using either the normal or high profile preset (better quality).
2) Purchase a Synology DS112j NAS and install your external HDD inside that.
3) Install the version of Plex for Arm based Synology NAS.

The Roku Plex client can now access the Plex server on the NAS however there is no transcoding support, all videos must be mp4/m4v to work. The PS3 can access the same videos via DLNA, I'm not sure if the build of Plex for Arm has DLNA support but if not there is a DLNA server included anyway from Synology.
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By anywhere do you mean via computer or other device?
You could always buy aother media player and just stream over the network....It would be cheaper and take less time than the above suggestion.....
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I just wanna stream content from the attached hard drive (attached to router) to my roku which is hooked to TV 1 and the PS3 which is hooked to TV 2.
I don't need to stream to laptop or mobile devices. The end game is all my DVDs will be in digital format on a hard drive and if I want to watch them I just hit a couple buttons.
I don't want to have my laptop on all the time. BUT, if that's my ONLY option, I U]do[/U] have an old iMac which I could put to use this way.
Thanks so much for chiming in. I apologize for not responding sooner.
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