Hi all, this is my first post to hopefully find an answer for a basic media center scenario using Plex, a ROKU XS and an external USB drive.
Is it possible to access/stream videos from an external USB hard drive connected to a router (D-Link DIR-645), playing through the Plex channel of my ROKU XS? My goal here, is to find a way to connect a storage device to the router, so that it is available and detectable by the ROKU, to stream videos (tv shows and movies) without having to leave my PC on. I guess I am trying to find a cheaper solution to building an HTPC, and not looking to get a full NAS, just possibly a single affordable drive that can connect to the network, and not require the PC to be on.
The ROKU will connect directly to the router via Ethernet, and directly to the TV via HDMI. The router would then have an external hard drive connected to its USB port, but I think it might be important to note that it's a D-Link router, which might require the Shareport software to connect... this I am not sure about, and I am worried that D-Link's Shareport utility might cause issues with seeing a drive connected to the router.
I have also read about the HipServ channel for the ROKU that supposedly connects to the Seagate GoFlex Home, which could be an option for network storage cheaper than a full NAS, but the reviews for this drive seem mixed, and I suppose there are no guarantees that this channel will work. Has anyone tried this route?
If anyone has any suggestions for how to have storage connected to the network to stream to the ROKU (via channels) without having to leave a PC on, I would be really interested in hearing them. Keep in mind I am not looking to build a custom HTPC, or spend too much time using command lines to talk to devices, but I am willing to spend $150 if it gets me a solution.
Thanks in advance!