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Media Server

Discussion in 'TiVo Home Media Features & TiVoToGo' started by coreybryant, Jul 8, 2013.

  1. coreybryant

    coreybryant Texan at Heart

    Mar 1, 2003
    I have a Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit machine - right now, I am only using it for checking emails on Exchange - so that it updates all my other machines

    I have a lot of disk space and we also have the NAS325 with 6T and two Roku 3.

    Summary (from Speccy):
    • Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit SP1
    • CPU: Intel Pentium 4 /Northwood 0.13um Technology
    • RAM: 1.00GB SDRAM @ 132MHz (3-3-3-6) (I have RAXCO High-Speed RAM Disk that I can install on this machine.
    • Motherboard: Dell Computer Corporation OptiPlex GX240 (Microprocessor)
    • Graphics: DELL 1702FP (1024x768@1Hz) /16MB ATI Standard VGA Graphics Adapter (ATI)
    • Hard Drives: 233GB Western Digital WDC WD2500JB-00REA0 ATA Device (ATA) 38 °C - there are a total of three
    • Optical Drives:SONY DVD RW DRU-830A ATA Device
    • Audio: Intel 82801BA/BAM AC'97 Audio Controller
    I do not know how much RAM I can purchase or if the RAXCO High-Speed RAM Disk will do the trick.

    Nothing else will be done on this machine. Is this enough for this to be a functional media server?

    Thank you!
  2. tchapin

    tchapin New Member

    Oct 11, 2001
    Well, it depends on how demanding the tasks you ask of it will be. Transcoding video files as you stream them, I would say "no". But if the files are in the right format for your Rokus (mp4), then likely yes.

    You have little to risk by trying. I'm a happy Plex user: http://www.plexapp.com

    Looks like you can only have a max of 1GB of RAM: http://www.crucial.com/upgrade/Dell-memory/OptiPlex/OptiPlex+GX240+Series-upgrades.html

    You could ask about the performance of Plex on that machine at the Plex forums. I bet that using the web interface from another computer would be a little pokey, but that from the Rokus it would be fine.
  3. coreybryant

    coreybryant Texan at Heart

    Mar 1, 2003
    Well I am hoping to copying the Tivo files to the NSA

    This Plexservice, is it another cloud service or something else I have to install? We also already have about 30 internal IPs.
  4. coreybryant

    coreybryant Texan at Heart

    Mar 1, 2003
    I noticed that also but did not know if the Raxco product might get around it.

    I am in the hospital more and it would help to have access to these shows
  5. coreybryant

    coreybryant Texan at Heart

    Mar 1, 2003
    Curious - the Plex - is it cloud base or do you also install something on your system (or both)?

    I can put the TiVo server on another one actually, that might be better:
    • Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit SP1
    • CPU: Intel Xeon 5160 @ 3.00GHz 40 °C / Woodcrest 65nm Technology
    • RAM: 4.00GB FB-DDR2 @ 265MHz (4-4-4-12)
    • Motherboard: Dell Inc. 0MY171 (Microprocessor)
    • Graphics: DELL 2407WFP (1920x1200@59Hz) / 512MB NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 (NVIDIA) 57 °C
    • Hard Drives: 278GB Dell VIRTUAL DISK SCSI Disk Device (SAS(Serial Attached SCSI))
    • Optical Drives: HL-DT-ST DVD-ROM GDR8164B ATA Device / PHILIPS DVD+-RW DVD8801 ATA Device
    • Audio: High Definition Audio Device
    • Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit SP1
    and save that system just for the email
    I have almost every cloud acct and use MyPCBackup as well. The plex looks interesting since we have the Roku (one on a wired connection and one wireless). And we have a Sony BluRay/DVD player as well that seems to be able to see the NAS.

    Thank you!
  6. rfryar

    rfryar My Media, My Way

    Feb 15, 2008
    Plex has a service you install on the machine that indexes your videos and can transcode them on the fly to plex player apps on Roku for example.

    You can not use plex directly to serve videos to your TiVos but can do so with PyTivo plus a plug in or two (Do not remember the plug in details at the moment). You can probably ask in the PyTivo forums.

  7. Soapm

    Soapm New Member

    May 9, 2007
    I have a P4, 2.53 Gig with 2 Gigs of Ram that serves as my plex/pytivo server with no complaints. However, I don't do HD since all my sets are CRT's.

    I also use Debian which I understand makes better use of memory/resources but YMMV.

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