Plex Transcoding Performance Guide
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Plex Transcoding Performance Guide

For home users that are interested in NAS devices such as Synology and TerraMaster, setting up a Plex media server is often one of the key features they want to use. As much as I love streaming services like Netflix and Disney, they are starting to get expensive, and it is not uncommon for me…

Mecool KM6 Deluxe Android TV Box Review – A good alternative to the Nvidia Shield for local 4K streaming
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Mecool KM6 Deluxe Android TV Box Review – A good alternative to the Nvidia Shield for local 4K streaming

I have been a fan of the Amazon Fire TV sticks and Nvidia Shield for years now. But they are not perfect, I hate having to use WiFi (or 100M Ethernet) on the Fire Stick, the tubular Nvidia Shield is no use for large local 4K files, and the Pro is very expensive. Cheap Chinese…

Logic Case 4U Server Rackmount Chassis Review – A perfect Plex server chassis on a budget (SC-415A)
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Logic Case 4U Server Rackmount Chassis Review – A perfect Plex server chassis on a budget (SC-415A)

I have been running a home server for several years now, doing the usual things, such as serving media via Plex Server, handling all my backups and acting as a test server for websites. I started with a dual-bay Synology NAS 10+ years ago, eventually upgrading to an HP ProLiant MicroServer, and then later reusing…

The Best 2-Bay NAS Devices for 2020 – Network Attached Storage that can do Plex Transcoding
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The Best 2-Bay NAS Devices for 2020 – Network Attached Storage that can do Plex Transcoding

For the past 6 years or so I have used a proper server for my NAS, first with the HP Microserver, then moving on to old PC hardware I no longer use. However, self build servers tend to be big, relatively expensive and use up quite a bit of electricity. I wanted to use old…

Raspberry Pi 4 vs Odroid XU4 vs Odroid N2 – Which is best for Kodi or Plex?

Raspberry Pi 4 vs Odroid XU4 vs Odroid N2 – Which is best for Kodi or Plex?

[Original Post 27-July-19][Updated 27-September-2019] Added new DietPi benchmarks With the early launch of the Raspberry Pi 4, there is a tremendous amount of hype about the single-board computer, and pretty much every online store is sold out of stock. The new model is a huge upgrade from the previous generation with a massive improvement across…

Plex gets HDR support for Apple TV, iOS updates & more Tidal support
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Plex gets HDR support for Apple TV, iOS updates & more Tidal support

I am a big fan of Plex and I bought the lifetime PlexPass years back, so it is always great to see the company pushing out regular updates for users. I still use Kodi a lot, but with the remote playback and live TV that Plex offers I am slowly migrating away, and it is…

Nvidia Shield with Plex Server and live TV via HDHomeRun Guide & Review
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Nvidia Shield with Plex Server and live TV via HDHomeRun Guide & Review

I have talked about Plex a few times over the years, it is a fantastic application, and I have one of the lifetime licences to make the most out of it. Like most users, I use it to manage my locally stored media, providing access from a server to all the streaming devices in the…

ABOX 4th Generation A4 Android Tv Box Review – New for 2018 with voice remote

ABOX 4th Generation A4 Android Tv Box Review – New for 2018 with voice remote

Android-based streaming boxes are undeniably popular for a variety of reasons, some good some bad. However, you choose to use them, they are a fantastic affordable way to add smart features to your TV, and while pretty much every TV has smart functionality now, they can rarely compete with a dedicated device. I have previously…

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