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My Chromecast finally has a use! Synolgy NAS FTW!

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Default My Chromecast finally has a use! Synolgy NAS FTW!

My chromecast has sat in my bottom drawer for at least the last 2 months. It wasn't overly useful to me, seeing as at home I have HTPC's everywhere, and I have a NAS that isn't powerful enough to host a Plex server and do OTF trans-coding for when I travel. I could use Plex server on the HTPC's, but they aren't exactly the most energy efficient when compared to my NAS. It also isn't worth the hassle of converting all of my vids to chromecast friendly format that my NAS could handle.

Synology just released the 5.0 software, with chromecast support for streaming videos. So now I have my entire movie/TV collection on my Synology NAS, which I can pull up on my Nexus 4 and stream the video's on my chromecast. It has OTF bandwidth/conversion, and so far has been running wonderfully!

Finally, my chromecast is useful. Big props to Synology for making this happen.


Sorry, this is mostly just me being a fanboy for Synology since they made such an obscure device a relatively high priority and have done so better than anything else out at the moment! (no, I do not work for them).
 
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Nice. Good on Synology for supporting Chromecast! With millions of Chromecast shipped and now being shipped internationally I'm pretty sure it's no longer being considered obscure.
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Nice. Good on Synology for supporting Chromecast! With millions of Chromecast shipped and now being shipped internationally I'm pretty sure it's no longer being considered obscure.
What is Synology?? Could you give a small brief description? Isit like a 24/7server. Or is it something else Does it cost
 
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What is Synology?? Could you give a small brief description? Isit like a 24/7server. Or is it something else Does it cost
It's an NAS Manufacturer with built in Media Server.
Not sure of it's ability to transcode but I do know there is a version of Plex made for some of their NAS units.
 
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This is going to become a bigger use in the future. I used the readyNAS plex server package on my zyxcel nsa320. Works great!

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This is going to become a bigger use in the future. I used the readyNAS plex server package on my zyxcel nsa320. Works great!

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Plex for NAS works well but it can get overcome if heavy transcode is needed.
 
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Agreed. I just keep it all one format to minimize the need.

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Agreed. I just keep it all one format to minimize the need.

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I highly recommend an NAS to anyone who wants to stream Media. If you find you need better Transcode later on you can always add a server and map the NAS to it.

I have a Beefy HTPC that I was already running XBMC on with a Seagate 16TB NAS with Raid mapped to it. Installed Plex to that machine and it has pretty much been smooth sailing ever since.

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