What's my best route for a decent Plex server??
I've happily been using Kodi for my in-home media streaming (main TV and other devices around the house!) but I'd quite like to give Plex another go as I'd like to be able to access my media while I'm away from home!
Hardware-wise I've got the following:
- Synology DS213 NAS (where I store all of my media but no longer supports Plex by the looks of things!?)
- Intel NUC (Core i3 Haswell I think!) - currently running OpenElec (which I'd like to keep if possible as I like the UI on the main TV!)
- Desktop (Core i5 2500K)
- Laptop (Core i7 something or other!)
I've tried installing "Plex Home Theatre" on both the desktop (connected via homeplugs) and laptop (connected wirelessly) and while both seem to work (ie. I can stream content to my phone/tablet OK) I wouldn't want to leave either on 24/7!!
My question is, is there any way to install the Plex Media Server on my NUC in addition to having Kodi on there (somehow "in the background" so it's always on or am I looking at getting a separate stand-alone piece of hardware to simply run the Plex server software?
I've looked at the Pi 3 but understand it will not handle transcoding (although I'm not sure whether my media will need transcoding - how do I tell??) or something like the Nvidia Shield, which I understand will now accommodate the server as well as the player for Plex following a recent update??
Can I re-task any of my existing kit to implement an always-on server for Plex or do I need new kit??
Sorry I've rambled a bit but I'd really like to understand more of what will/can do what and how the get the best out of my existing kit!! (I have a feeling that my NUC is a bit over the top for just running Kodi!?!?)
Thanks for any help...