I currently have an atom based server hosting my media collection (1200+ movies, 50+ TV shows and 20,000+ songs). I am currently using a Boxee Box running Boxee Hacks in each room to watch the video content. While they do work they are slow, cumbersome and outdated. The videos are all mkv using h264 and 5.1 audio. 1/3 of the movies come from BluRay while the rest come from DVD.
I recently purchased a Roku 3 with the intent of running plex to play all my media. I am certainly glad I only bought one as a test unit. My network is all gigabit and functions fine. After looking at the plex logs my server is keeping up with the transcoding of the mkvs fine but i am experiencing long load times and frequent buffering even at the lowest 1080p setting.
I am looking for a solution that will allow me to play my current files without any problems, be easy to use once setup, be somewhat future proof and most of all just work. The difficulty of setup does not matter but I would like to have an easy to use interface because many people will be using the devices. As for budget I am willing to pay what it takes to accomplish what I am looking for. Thanks in advance for any help and if you need any more info just let me know.