4K UHD and HDR PLEX server

I want a plex server for my theatre. I want it to be able to handle 4K UHD and HDR. Since you recommend the tvs-1282 as capable I have been considering getting this NAS but I have also been thinking about dedicating a PC to the Plex server in which case I would not need as fast of a processor in the NAS.

TS-1282 and other x82 series just seem to be best performing NAS for a long time. It may be a bit pricey if all you really need is a PLEX server. Instead of a having PC PMS I would rather choose nVidia shield TV. It transcodes and streams 4K with no problems. You can also attach DAS or NAS to it for extra storage space.
[amazon_textlink asin=’B01NBJ6KZY|B075TBK232|B01N1NT9Y6|B075TBK232|B01N1NT9Y6|B075TBK232|B01NBJ6KZY’  template=’ProductGrid’ store=’topreccom-21|toprec-21|toprec04-20|toprec00-21|toprec0e-20|toprec0c-21|toprec02-21′ marketplace=’UK|DE|US|FR|CA|IT|ES’ link_id=’16149b6d-6105-11e8-bded-0f64b72af367′] An alternative to x82 series would be old x63 or new x73e series. All you need is a spare PCIe slot for graphics card
Compatible cards with HDMI 2.0

Anything above 900 series from Gforce will feature HDMI 2.0 for 60HZ 4K streaming. Comparison of 10 series – link.

If you want to stream the media via 10GbE network I would recommend getting a Qnap switch which or Buffalo switch as they have become quite affordable.
Netgear link, Qnap link
If all you need is 2 connections of 10GbE, then you can consider Netgear switch which comes with a 10G and 1G ports.


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What can I connect to a NAS?

Wireless Speaker Sonos

The great thing about Sonos is that you don't need to pay for music subscription service. With the cheapest NAS at home like DS115j or any other, you can have your backups done for all of your devices and still use your network drive as a Sonos music library. Sonos will connect to your NAS via your network and let access your provided music library. If you have little more of IT knowledge, you can even set up your Alexa or Sonos with Alexa built in to play music on your voice commands ("Alexa! Ask DS Audio to Play Music!").

Casting devices

Nowadays it is so cheap to upgrade your old TV and make it smart. All you need is Google Chrome or EZcast alternative plugged into your HDMI port at the back of your TV. Now you have great functionality added to your TV to send a video file directly from your NAS to a TV. No need for wires and chargers and other mess. You can use your phone as a remote to go to your movies or family videos and cast that content on your TV during family or friend gatherings.

 

Apple TV

Amazon Fire TV

You may not have a smartphone, or you just simply prefer to control your content with a remote in that case Amazon Fire TV will be a great addon to get to your TV. It also plugs into your HDMI port and will play content from your NAS to a TV. No wires no mess.

nVidia Shield TV

It gets even better! If you want some more entertainment and all previously mentioned functions - nVidia TV is a great thing to get. You can use it for playing games and watching movies from your NAS. The greatest thing is - shield TV does video transcoding. So even if you have a cheap NAS with a weak CPU, in a combination of shield TV you can now automatically on the fly change video file size and format for a destination device. It is a great way to reduce network load and let older devices to play video content which normally was not supported on the device.