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    Home AV

    I thought I'd start up a new home AV thread since I've recently updated my bedroom setup.

    Some of you may note that my TV is much smaller than the one in the thread on AC. I decided that the TV I had was too big for the room and that I'd go for a smaller TV but with a better screen (previous TV was an old 1080p Samsung 40" LCD but TV's have come a long way in 5 years).

    Anyway here is mine as it stands:
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    Starting from the top:
    1080p LG TV with passive 3D
    Sky box (used for Freesat)
    Pioneer BDP-LX71 (one of the best Bluray players around according to a lot of people, now superseded by the Pioneer Elite range though)
    Sony STR-DB940
    HP Proliant ML115 (this is a quad core VMware server that stores my media, runs my Plesk media server and does my automatic download of TV episodes as soon as they are available)
    PS3 (used for 3D Blurays)
    Logitech Harmony 700 remote to control it all (with the PS3 adapter)
    There is a Roku XS out of sight (the remote is bluetooth)

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    That's what I'm aiming for, need to get a computer set up as currently still using my laptop.

    What kind of price range is your computer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim View Post
    That's what I'm aiming for, need to get a computer set up as currently still using my laptop.

    What kind of price range is your computer?
    It's an entry level HP server, you can't buy them anymore (although they are on eBay - search ML115 G5). They do a MicroServer for about 170 IIRC but it's nowhere near as powerful as mine. A colleague has one an runs Ubuntu Server with Plex on it just fine, it doesn't transcode stuff as quick but it's fine and a lot quieter (the ML115 gets very loud - I often turn it off to lower room temperature and noise).

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    Ill take a look at that, Ubuntu and plex is what I'm wanting something to do.

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    If you need a hand let me know, I'm pretty experienced in it

    Did you get my library showing in your Plex?

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    32" Samsung smart tv, Netgear NAS, LG Blu Ray 2player with 2.1 and a raspberry pi

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    No I haven't figured it out yet, do I need to go premium?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim View Post
    No I haven't figured it out yet, do I need to go premium?
    No - log in to https://my.plexapp.com/servers and there should be an invite at the bottom. Or click the link in the email you would have received last week/week before.

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    Done it now, ill have to have a browse through

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim View Post
    Done it now, ill have to have a browse through
    I'm about to turn it off so it'll soon disappear

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    Also do these servers have all the harddrive a in?

    I've looked on eBay and there seems to be a few devices for this; mainly android base with xbmc on, however I would then need to add external storage as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim View Post
    Also do these servers have all the harddrive a in?

    I've looked on eBay and there seems to be a few devices for this; mainly android base with xbmc on, however I would then need to add external storage as well.
    The servers do yes, mine has 4 bays for drives (and an internal USB which has the operating system on it). The MicroServer also has 4 bays and internal USB.
    If you run Plex you may find XBMC is a bit of a faff in comparison, Plex is great for running it through the entire house on all devices, XBMC is great for just 1 place (watch list etc doesn't sync without some trickery). I'd recommend Plex over XBMC to anyone, I switched and find it to be much better.

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    I'm looking to set this kind of thing up. I'm planning to use plex and sream to my tv via my 360. If i had NAS attached to my router and then use plex on my phone, would it work?

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    You need a Plex server, if you NAS can run that then it's fine, but not many can.

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    **** me if i see the work Plex again, someone is going to get ****ing suplexed!

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    Plex

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    I don't want to go back to xbmc, I could never get it set up right, would plan to put plex on one of these things. I think an actual server will be better though, something like you've got.

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    Ok, you've perplexed me now. I'd need a NAS that could run plex, have they got a special name at all (don't say plex NAS)? is that why you've got a Pi Hoggy, so you can run plex et al? might just keep running plex from the laptop for now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim View Post
    I don't want to go back to xbmc, I could never get it set up right, would plan to put plex on one of these things. I think an actual server will be better though, something like you've got.
    Certainly if you have several devices Plex is better.

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    Ok, you've perplexed me now. I'd need a NAS that could run plex, have they got a special name at all (don't say plex NAS)? is that why you've got a Pi Hoggy, so you can run plex et al? might just keep running plex from the laptop for now.
    Drobo 5N is a NAS that can run the Plex media server (PMS). The Pi can run Rasplex, a colleague here runs it (although not that smoothly as far as I can tell) - a Roku makes a far better small client.

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