NAS for a Student

2018 Upgrade to the WD PR4100 NAS?

I was wondering if you know if WD will update there PR4100 anytime soon?
I am looking for a NAS that can do PLEX and remote file server for large files
(fMRI) research I’m a student.

Also looking for discless so I can add as I go being a poor student and all lol

Also besides WD PR4100 can you recommend something in the same price/class as that.

Thanks, BTW your youtube videos are great help!

Josh, USA



I have not heard about any follow up anytime soon to the WD PR4100. If you are looking for a NAS that can perform plex to a high standard, at this price threshold, I can honestly say that you will not find anything better – believe me, people ask all the time and I checked! Take a look below at some articles on the WD My Cloud Pro PR4100 and the PR2100 if your budget is a little tight:

WD My Cloud Pro PR2100 and PR4100 Transcoding 4K and 1080p

Best Plex Media Server NAS for under £400

In third place, the WD My Cloud Pro PR2100 NAS. Featuring an impressive Pentium Quad Core chip and 4GB of DDR3 memory, the device could easily be lost in the noise of all other NAS server devices from the likes of QNAP and Synology. However, it features one tiny component that sets it aside from almost all other currently available NAS – a Plex-enabled Transcoding Engine. Most NAS with an Intel CPU including a transcoding engine, however, plex is currently unable to use this feature on a NAS and the result is that when you need to transcode a media file, it will use a huge amount of CPU power (70% and above). The result is that more complex files (.MKV etc) or those with high resolution may have regular buffering or stuttering playback. However, the WD Pr2100 NAS Is the exception because those boffins were able to allow the Plex media Server Application to use the transcoding engine on the NAS and therefore it can playback significantly better than the likes of Synology or QNAP with the same hardware. As plex NAS servers go, it is a truly fantastic NAS, it is just a shame that it is a little lacklustre in other respects when it comes to using other more common NAS applications outside of multimedia.

£370+ ex.VAT WD
My Cloud Pro PR2100
NAS ServerIntel Pentium N3710 1.6 GHz (Burst speed up to 2.56 GHz)4GB RAM2yr Warranty

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