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Archive for January, 2013

Plex continues to impress

by on Jan.28, 2013, under Uncategorized

I’ve been running Plex Media Server for several weeks now with a Roku 2 XS and absolutely love it.  It’s kind of amazing that the decade plus old computer it’s running on can actually do it, but it runs fine.  Today was the first day I tried Plex/Web from a remote location, and holy crap, it works better than I had hoped.

From my office computer I connected through the custom external port I assigned, picked a movie, clicked Play, and I’ll be damned if it didn’t start playing with no hiccups.  My home upload speed is maybe 1mbps.  After about a minute of play, I started to get some buffering, so backed off the remote play quality.  By default it had been at 1.5kbps/480p.  I backed it down one level to 750kbps/320p and it’s playing perfectly.  The picture is a little softer, but better than expected.

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Plex on a Roku 2 XS

by on Jan.09, 2013, under Uncategorized

Oh. My. God. This is awesome! Even running from an old Dell Optiplex business computer, so old it has a floppy drive, Plex works perfectly streaming videos to the Roku2 XS. More on the setup later, but until then, if you’ve wondered about the combo, believe me, it’s fantastic.

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