Using Plex with a Nighthawk X10 R9000 Router and viewing through an Xbox One on a dumb TV
I bought a Nighthawk X10 R9000 router with a USB3 attached hard drive of 15TB. I do not have a smart TV (TV is a 1080p) and so I use the XBox One to connect to Plex in the R9000 via Microsoft Explorer. It works sometimes, but lately videos have frozen with the error that not enough disk space available. I have around 12TB on the attached hard drive free and a 1TB drive on the Xbox with about 80% of it free. I am new to Plex and might be going about this all wrong. So I have some basic questions:
1.) Is there a better way with my existing equipment to run Plex. I use the 15TB hard drive as a network backup storage and so it needs to stay on the network.
2.) Instead of running Plex through Explorer, should I install Plex on the Xbox One and use the Xbox version? If so, will all the library information and metadata be accessible via the network without the Xbox One on? I am setting up an XBox 360 or WII in another room with another dumb TV and so I want the library information to be available anywhere on the router. I also use a network laptop to maintain the library and also to add new videos.
3.) I am converting all of my DVD/Blu Rays to this media server and use the original resolution and bitrates of the media. I save as MP2 format files and noticed that Plex has to convert. Is this an issue? I thought Plex's transcoder would be able to handle this with the X10.
4.) I read online that sometimes the cache gets full and needs to be cleared on the Xbox One and so I unplug for a couple of minutes and restart. I have also restarted the router. It seemed to help on a test video (780p) that would freeze about 3 minutes into it and after the reset lasted at least 10 minutes. I stopped the test, so I do not know if it still would freeze latter. So basically, do I have to clear the cache and/or reset the router every time?