So I have a read number of threads here, and have just ended up a bit more confused than I'd like to be. First, let me outline what I want:
What I want:
A 24/7 media server NAS that can transcode full 1080p videos to all of my household's many devices without buffering during playback, on one logical volume, while permitting me to perform limited I/O on a different logical volume for ordinary productivity stuff, while, say, the kids are watching movies. Preferably, my solution would involve as minimal active monitoring by me as possible.
What I know:
My choices thus far have been choosing between the following two new products: The DS415 play, and the DS415+. I understand the former (the Play Model) has a weaker, Intel x86 processor (the "Evansport") vs. the Plus Model's x86 ("Avoton"), as well as possessing less RAM than the former (1 GB vs. 2GB of the Plus.) However, the description wiki here informs me that one possible advantage of the Play is that its chip contains a hardware encoder/decoder, which is I know is usually much less CPU intensive than software decoding, though also reading these forums I'm told the Plus's on board CPU *might* be able to brute-force 1080p transcode anyway. Yet another thread though, flips things around, by adding that is unlikely (or not??) that Plex Media Server will ever add support for the Play's weaker CPU instruction set to enable the 1080p its hardware decoding it's capable of. Thus, the choice is obvious: Go for the DS415+. At the same time, I understand the DS415+ is not quite supported by Plex just yet, though that can be easily solved by editing the install package .spk file to add the new architecture to a line in the info text file. That is slightly uncomfortable, though I'm savvy enough to do it; again, I'd like my solution to require as little active maintenance as possible.
My confusion: Do I have all this correct? A crucial aspect of my confusion are Synology's and Plex's roadmaps for both products; is Plex resigned that the difficulty of adding software support for the DS415Play's hardware encoder is too difficult? Is Synology committed to compatibility for either or both of its products with Plex Media Server? If both are likely to be eventually supported, how far out are we talking about between updates? Finally, am I making a false choice, is there another NAS Synology offers that is a full media server solution capable of transcoding full 1080p to a multiplicity of devices?