I still have PMS server running on my Freenas Server just for the DVR service. I don't have any future recordings set and probably won't until the fall season. I recall when the DVR was in beta, i tested it out on the Shield and ran into Drive sharing issues over my network. Rather than fight these issues, I waited until the DVR for PMS was available for BSD (Freenas). I haven't looked back since.
With the confidence I now have with the Shield handling my content, I'm going to try the DVR service soon, now that I have a month-long of 3-day weekends to try it out.
I think because now that I have my Freenas server "wired" to my switch downstairs, network performance overall has improved. I honestly do not know what's the future of Freenas, as there have not been any updates in a good number of months, but I'm seeing more updates for the Shield version of Plex Media Server compared.
I began having issues with updating PMS on my Freenas around January. One time it would update, another time, it would not. I started using Tautulli Remote as a means to monitor real-time information regarding streaming and user management. A few weeks later, an update to the PMS included these features, but then I began to see these "Must upgrade to version this or that" messages. As they became more common, I started wondering if the Shield could handle my content. Well, other than the TV crashing, which was a result of the display's firmware update and not performing an System Restore, the Shield as a PMS server has been rock solid.
Now locally I'm streaming content via Direct Play. My Pixel 2 Phone however transcodes the audio. Not a big deal, it's a phone. When I streamed UHD content simultaneously to the Shield, Pixel 2 (with transcoding) and my LG G5 phone, there were no buffering or "Plex server is not powerful enough....." messages at all.
Last Friday while on my lunch break at work, I decided to stream Captain America "Winter Soldier" on my Pixel 2. No buffering issues, and the video quality was excellent, only to find out that I forgot to limit the stream to a lower resolution while on a mobile network. With that said, any attempt to stream at much higher resolutions on my Freenas server would result in a lot of buffering.
Maybe this will encourage others if they are looking for an alternative for Media Consumption.
Marantz SR7010/Marantz MM7025
Oppo UDP-203 - Nvidia Shield
XBox One X
Klipsch RP-260f - RP-440C - RP140sa- RP-160m - RB10 - Sony SA-WM500
Last edited by groove93; 06-03-2019 at 04:41 PM.