The Best NAS for Plex - QNAP

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Redefining your Media Experience

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?

Now Storing For Your Plex DVR

If you’ve been paying pricey monthly fees for your TV cable boxes at home, then you may consider the all new Plex DVR feature* that Plex has recently released to its Plex Pass users. The beautiful integration between DVR, Plex and QNAP can drastically redefine your home TV lifestyle. Easily record the show and coming back a few hours later to enjoy while skipping the commercials.

  • 1. Install Digital Antenna: Plex works with all types of digital antennas, indoor or outdoor. Simply choose your preferred brand (remember, you get what you pay for!) and install for best reception.
  • 2. Connect Your Digital Tuner: Plex currently works with the HDHomeRun line of digital tuners. They are easy to set up and work with all digital antennas.
  • 3. Set up Plex DVR: Plex makes it super easy to add your digital tuner, detect all the channels available in your area, and customize your own TV programming guide. Then you’re ready to discover and record shows, movies, news and sports, all in amazing high definition. And they are all available for free!

And because QNAP is also connected to your home-network, you can easily set up the QNAP as the ultimate source of storage for all of your recorded content. If you’d like to learn more about Plex and HDhomerun, click here. Because QNAP can host your Plex Media Server, it can also be your recording destination for your DVR content!

*Plex DVR is still under BETA. The official release will be announced on Plex’s website.

Recommended Models

Models
CPU
Memory
Available Models
HDMI
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
Transcoding Support
Maximum Capacity
TS-x51+ series
TS-x51+ series
Intel Baytrail Celeron™
Quad-core Processor
2GB/8GB
2 and 4 Bay
1 x HDMI
2
2
720P
16TB
TS-x53A series
TS-x53A series
Intel Braswell Celeron™
Quad-core Processor
4GB/8GB
2, 4, 6, 8 bay
2 x HDMI
0
4
720P, 1080P*
64TB
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