Just got a Roku Express+. Streaming media from HD or NAS?

Kayeye

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I'm pretty behind with the times but I just recently purchased a Rokue Express+. I'd like to eventually move away from cable once I'm comfortable with this. This post is in regards to streaming files from a 'media server'. From what I understand, I could stream files directly from my computer using Plex which I just got. Would simply buying a (x)TB hard drive be good enough?

I saw on the Plex site that it had different options in terms of streaming from a cloud, PC, or NAS. Would there be a benefit of using a NAS device over a HD by itself? Everything will be done from my house so I don't care much for mobility if that helps.

Sorry, I meant to post this in the HD section.
 

kanewolf

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The main benefit of a NAS is that it is a low power always-on device on your WIRED network. I want to stress WIRED. Wireless NAS connectivity is defeating the purpose. You don't have to have your main PC on to take advantage of the storage a NAS provides.
 

kanewolf

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The main benefit of a NAS is that it is a low power always-on device on your WIRED network. I want to stress WIRED. Wireless NAS connectivity is defeating the purpose. You don't have to have your main PC on to take advantage of the storage a NAS provides.
 

Kayeye

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Got ya. So it’s basically a standalone storage device vs the HD route that requires the PC to be functional, correct?

Having said that, are there any features in an NAS I should look for when shopping around? I’m only interested in simple media streaming sonirhing special
 
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