The Best NAS for Plex - QNAP

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How to Choose the Best NAS for Plex

Plex and NAS

The Best NAS for Plex - QNAP

Installation Should Be Easy

Setting up your Plex Media Server with a NAS should only take a few minutes. Plex Media Server lets you store all your media including movies, photos, music in the NAS, and allowing you to enjoy them on your devices including your Smartphone, tablet, HDTV via most media streaming devices (e.g. Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV).

Plex Easy Install on QNAP

Your Media Should be
24/7 Accessible to You

A perfect media experience whether its a movie or video would require a stable environment including your Plex Media Server and your network. Since our NAS is designed to run 24/7 without having to power off everyday like your PC, your multimedia files are essentially online all the time. The NAS acts as your private cloud which allows you to remotely access and enjoy your media anytime on any device.

Your Media Should be<br> 24/7 Accessible to You

Why Do I Need to Consider Transcoding Capabilities of a NAS?

Transcoding is crucial when it comes to enjoying your files smoothly without any type of interruptions. In some cases where we store original high definition content in formats such as .mkv, .mp4 and etc, we would often face the challenge of file incompatibility with different streaming players. While on-the-go, while we're about to stream high-def content stored at home, without transcoding down to a suitable resolution would cause your bandwidth to lag. This is where Plex comes in; as it transcodes your stored media and lets you play your media on different media players and devices without problems.

Because Plex does not utilize hardware transcoding engines, but rather only use software transcoding, it mainly relies on the processor of the NAS. As some NAS on the market comes equipped with hardware transcoding engines, keep in mind that Plex does not utilize any hardware transcoding engine and only the power of the CPU. Our suggestion: to guarantee a smooth video playback, we suggest users choose the NAS model which has at least an Intel based CPU for HD content transcoding, and Intel® Core™ i3 (or higher end) for most of the scenario including extreme high bit rate HD video content.It is recommended to check out the official NAS compatibility list by Plex. Decide between your budget and the transcoding capability.

Why Do I Need to Consider Transcoding Capabilities of a NAS?

Recommended Models

Models
CPU
Memory
Available Models
HDMI
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
Transcoding Support
Maximum Capacity
TS-x53B series
TS-x53B series
Intel® Celeron® J3455
Quad-core Processor
4GB/8GB
2, 6, 8 bay
2 x HDMI
0
5
720P, 1080P
80TB
TVS-x73 series
TVS-x73 series
AMD R-Series RX-421BD
Quad-core Processor
8GB/16GB/64GB
4, 6, 8 bay
2 x HDMI
0
4
720P, 1080P*
80TB
TVS-x71 series
TVS-x71 series
Intel Core™ i3, i5, i7 Processor
4/8/16GB
4, 6, 8 bay
1 x HDMI
2
3
720P, 1080P
64TB