Originally Posted by rmjb
I'm very happy with my Synology NAS, but I can't speak to the specific Plex feature you are referring to, I use Synology's Video Station and DS Video app instead.
I will say that you should not bother with wireless capabilities for your NAS. The NAS serving needs to be consistently stable, and you will get that with Ethernet. Wi-Fi can always have interference and drop out issues, these might not be a big deal if you're a client device, but a server (NAS) should be hard wired.
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Originally Posted by Charles J P
I would second the recommendation for looking into Synology. I know they have a ton of apps. I use mine as a basic NAS but it has been ultra reliable and easy to configure.
Thank you to you both. Being able to eliminate wireless capabilities definitely helps narrow my choices. Also, your comment about apps was a huge help as I didn't know that they even had apps, nor would I have thought that there would be a difference in availability of apps between NAS devices.
I started to read a web article on NAS devices, and the story said "Finally, this guide is not for people who want a NAS that can support 1080p on-the-fly video transcoding via Plex Media Server. Almost every NAS we recommend supports Plex, and many can manage on-the-fly transcoding with their own apps, but Plex transcoding currently requires a lot of CPU power. NAS boxes that can manage 1080p on-the-fly transcoding through Plex are too expensive to be worthwhile—you’re better off running Plex Media Server on a computer or on an Nvidia Shield TV and using the NAS only for media storage."
I'm not sure if I will need 1080p Plex transcoding, as I don't even know what that even means. I know I want to use Plex, and I want to setup the NAS device as a Plex server, but I don't know if I would need the NAS device to do 1080p transcoding.
I want to store DVR'd TV shows, and possibly Blu-Rays to the NAS device, and if I want to watch them via my Shield Pro or Apple TV 4, must I have a NAS device that is capable of 1080p transcoding?
I was thinking that Plex on the NAS just organizes content and provides a way to access that content, and then that content would be available via the Plex app on my Shield Pro and Apple TV 4 and those devices would do the transcoding. Is that correct?
If I wanted to access Blu-Rays or DVR'd TV shows on my iPhone via the Plex app, would I need the NAS to transcode? Sorry for asking so many questions. I just don't understand when I would need NAS to transcode.