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Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   05-15-2017, 08:53 AM
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Posted By smitbret
With Mezzmo, there are options to reduce the...

With Mezzmo, there are options to reduce the bitrate or the resolution of a streamed file for a particular IP Address. Does Plex have this? It should solve the problem.
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   05-13-2017, 07:03 PM
Replies: 69
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Posted By smitbret
It's not the app that is underpowered, it's the...

It's not the app that is underpowered, it's the TV. If you hadn't said it was connected via ethernet cable I would guess that the TV had a network issue and couldn't carry the signal over WiFi. ...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   05-12-2017, 09:57 AM
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Posted By smitbret
Two things cause this, a CPU that is not up to...

Two things cause this, a CPU that is not up to the task of transcoding in real-time or network bandwidth isn't sufficient to carry the load.

Wanna test it out? Start watching a movie. When it...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   05-12-2017, 09:51 AM
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Posted By smitbret
That seems odd. M2TS and MKV are just...

That seems odd. M2TS and MKV are just containers. The streams inside them can/should be the same and that's where the actual decoding takes place. It shouldn't matter unless the particular client...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   05-11-2017, 12:44 PM
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Posted By smitbret
Yep.

Yep.
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   05-11-2017, 09:05 AM
Replies: 69
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Posted By smitbret
Transcoding is/can be a huge headache and it is...

Transcoding is/can be a huge headache and it is the one place where I try to never skimp on CPU power. Some people have great luck with the higher powered "Plex-Ready" NAS devices but I would never,...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   05-10-2017, 02:49 PM
Replies: 69
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Posted By smitbret
I always just used the the least expensive, brand...

I always just used the the least expensive, brand name Class 10 that I could find with my Rapsberry Pis running OpenELEC/LibreELEC. Never had a problem.
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   05-08-2017, 01:45 PM
Replies: 69
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Posted By smitbret
I have never tried to Passthrough Atmos or DTS:X....

I have never tried to Passthrough Atmos or DTS:X. I thought anything was passed through as long as it was passed to an AVR that supported it.

With that being said, I wasn't familiar with the...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   05-08-2017, 10:36 AM
Replies: 69
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Posted By smitbret
RaspPi with Kodi will passthrough HD Audio to an...

RaspPi with Kodi will passthrough HD Audio to an equipped AVR.

Also, OP specifically stated that he didn't care about 4K content.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   05-08-2017, 10:01 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 748
Posted By smitbret
Yep. SnapRAID + DrivePool had my system up and...

Yep. SnapRAID + DrivePool had my system up and online faster than FlexRAID, too.
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   05-08-2017, 08:48 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,163
Posted By smitbret
I have never used an nVidia Shield before, but I...

I have never used an nVidia Shield before, but I have heard the "soft image" complaint about it and other Android players before. I know the image quality is good enough for me on my FireTVs so...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   05-06-2017, 03:42 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 748
Posted By smitbret
I have a feeling this is going to be a long post...

I have a feeling this is going to be a long post but it seems that OP is following a lot of the same path in the evolution of his media server that I went on. So using my media server as an...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   05-03-2017, 05:39 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 748
Posted By smitbret
www.lime-technology.com...

www.lime-technology.com (http://www.lime-technology.com)

You literally just described unRAID
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   04-28-2017, 11:07 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 331
Posted By smitbret
Agreed. If you have ever put together your own...

Agreed. If you have ever put together your own PC then you won't have any trouble building an unRAID server.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   04-12-2017, 12:08 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 931
Posted By smitbret
That's what I thought. I have throught about...

That's what I thought. I have throught about dumping SnapRAID (or whatever parity based RAID I use) since I have a local and cloud backup of photos, music, documents and other irreplaceable stuff...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   04-12-2017, 09:05 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 931
Posted By smitbret
So, I did a test run on my workstation with some...

So, I did a test run on my workstation with some old HDDs I had lying around. Using Elucidate, I created a SnapRAID configuration with 1 Parity Drive and 3 smaller Data Drives. None of them were...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   04-06-2017, 08:37 AM
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Posted By smitbret
Good info, but I think the suicidal Seagates were...

Good info, but I think the suicidal Seagates were pretty much limited to the 3TB versions. I have 4x2TB Barracudas that were installed on my server in 2011 and have been running 24/7 since then...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   04-06-2017, 08:34 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 931
Posted By smitbret
I would have to learn to use VMs and find out...

I would have to learn to use VMs and find out what a Docker is. It would take me years with my feeble mind. From what I understand too, VMs can be a bit of a resource hog and since my media server...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   04-04-2017, 10:09 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 931
Posted By smitbret
I had considered unRAID before going with...

I had considered unRAID before going with FlexRAID back in 2011 but I needed Windows to run my media server software (Mezzmo).

:(
Forum: Home Theater Computers   04-03-2017, 02:33 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 931
Posted By smitbret
I have been considering this for a few months. ...

I have been considering this for a few months. FlexRAID works but it just seems glitchy and I have problems with file access when using SAMBA shares. I don't even go to the forums or the developer...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   04-01-2017, 01:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 225
Posted By smitbret
I would have my doubts that the Synology will be...

I would have my doubts that the Synology will be able to transcode 4K h265 content on the fly. Just upgrade the current PC with a better CPU and maybe a case like this:...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   04-01-2017, 10:36 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 489
Posted By smitbret
That's how I ended up on Win7 with FlexRAID. ...

That's how I ended up on Win7 with FlexRAID. Just set your shares and go. If you want a DLNA server (Plex, Mezzmo, etc), go ahead and install that, too. It's Windows so the learning curve is low. ...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   03-31-2017, 12:44 PM
Replies: 749
Views: 31,266
Posted By smitbret
I did that with Dish for a month or so before I...

I did that with Dish for a month or so before I cut the cord completely. I suspended service and replaced all of the Dish boxes with FireTV Sticks or Boxes. I left the Dish on the roof and all of...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   03-31-2017, 12:17 PM
Replies: 749
Views: 31,266
Posted By smitbret
You thinking sticks or boxes? I have 3...

You thinking sticks or boxes?

I have 3 Sticks and a Box that are from the most recent generation. The box runs everything smoothly and easily. Like someone mentioned above, though, I also get...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   03-31-2017, 12:05 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 489
Posted By smitbret
www.lime-technology.com FreeNAS is awesome...

www.lime-technology.com

FreeNAS is awesome but an adequate unRAID box is considerably less expensive than an adequate FreeNAS box. I've used both and for storing media and just being a Plex...
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