Originally Posted by groove93
I can only speak of my experience, but with the exception of a resent issue I'm currently having with the Database file size, I've was running the PMS on my Shield for two years. The Shield itself as a Plex client will not Trancode anything, so that's a given.
My Mobile Devices, whether it be my phone or tablet, will transcode either the audio, or video, depending on the mobile device's capabilities. Streaming from multiple devices didn't have a negative affect on the performance of the PMS of my Shield. Running 4k Streams on multiple devices which also involved transcoding of either audio or video did not cause any problems with the Shield. For remote streaming, my only shortcoming was my own internet speed with only 3 megs up, but adjusting the stream to 720p for remote streaming fixed the buffering issue.
Audio playback of Plex via Android Auto in my car was probably the biggest surprise for me. It outperformed the Plex Media Server when it was installed on my NAS.
Thanks for the info. From what I have seen here so far, PMS on the Shield Pro will work out fine for me. Single viewer stream, no UHD so far, no remote streaming, everything hard wired to the router. Only annoying thing thus far is how slow the file transfer speed is from the NAS to the PMS drive - between 25 and 30 Mb/s. But once the initial setup is done, I won't be moving a ton of files at a time, so I can live with that. Setup was surprisingly easy, although this is my third PMS device - first was an old PC, next was a TerraMaster SAN, and now the Shield.
The thing I haven't mastered yet (mostly laziness on my part, I think) is how to use folders or groups or something
to separate my content into more usable categories. I've always dumped everything into one folder and had just one library, but that is starting to get unwieldy. I need to look into that further. I once created subdirectories under the main directory on the drive holding the content and moved some videos into them, then created additional libraries pointing to the subdirectories, but that turned out badly and was a mess, with the Plex client on an Amazon Fire box creating many weird 'virtual folders' that were empty (but their number kept growing), and all kinds of other nonsense as well. I killed that concept, and since I could get to the content I wanted, I stopped thinking about it. That was like two years ago on my first installation on a PC. I should do some reading and try again.