The black Friday deals were so good this year that I was able to pick up a portable 2TB drive on eBay. I decided to make a copy of my media drive and attach it to my desktop computer and install Plex Media server on it. I’ve been trying it out for the past week or so and overall its pretty good. It was able to correctly name and add movie posters to the videos that I have but it missed a few here and there and some of them are incorrect but thats not really a big deal to me since I know what its supposed to be.
I can’t change some of the media data so that it can correct itself but overall its ok. I bought the Plex Media player for my iPhone so that I could try it out on the road but I haven’t really done that yet since it requires my home computer being on. My computer is about seven years old so it probably sucks down a lot of power so I’ve only been using it while I’ve been at home. So far its been working like a charm. It connects to my Chromecast just fine and I can also run it off of my iPhone and airplay it to my Apple TV. My home computer sounds like its struggling a little bit as it decodes the videos but I don’t see any slow down on the Chromecast when I play my vidoes at 720P.
I did add in my music too to my Plex account but I haven’t tried using that yet. I’ll give it a try during the next two weeks while I’m off from work. What I really wanted was a NAS that would support Plex but it was just too expensive for a backup solution and a media server. I’m thinking that I should probably just get a micro PC or a Mac Mini and make it a home media server (no backups) and use it for iTunes and for Plex. This way I don’t have to turn it off all the time and I’ll have a central location to put all my files. I can run a time machine backup of the machine too which should be fairly helpful.
I’ll have to wait a bit until that can happen, right now the desktop should do just fine and I have enough Netflix movies and shows to binge watch while on the road but its definitely coming in handy at home when I want to watch a new movie i’ve acquired. Until then, i’m going to enjoy being able to stream all my movies at home to my TV or my iPad.