Best QNAP NAS For Plex



Best QNAP NAS For A Plex Server


Most Recommended NAS Models for Plex

If you are looking for hardware that is powerful enough to do transcoding duty with Plex, then a QNAP NAS will most likely be your first choice due to it's robust hardware at an affordable price.


While Synology does sell some really great NAS units, to be able to match the same level of power as the QNAP NAS models shown here, you need to step up to a top of the line model which includes the multi core INTEL processor needed to be able to transcode Plex in 1080p to more than one device at a time.

NAS Models That Work Best For Plex


QNAP

TS-251+

Intel Baytrail Celeron Quad-Core CPU

best QNAP Plex NAS
CPU Quad-Core Intel Celeron Quad-Core 2Ghz.
Memory 2 or 8GB
Number of Bays 2/4 Bays supports up to 6GB SATA Drives
HDMI Yes HDMI Out and Remote Included to hook directly to TV
Transcoding Support Yes Max Resolution 720p

QNAP

TS-253A

Intel Braswell Celeron Quad-Core CPU

best QNAP Plex NAS Server
CPU N351 Intel Celeron Quad-Core 1.6Ghz to 2.08Ghz.
Memory 4 or 8GB
Number of Bays 2/4/6/8 Bays supports up to 6GB SATA Drives
HDMI Yes HDMI Out and Remote Included to hook directly to TV
Transcoding Support 720p and some 1080p lower bit rate media 

QNAP

TVS-471

Intel Core i3, i5, i7, CPU

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CPU Intel Core i3, i5 or i7
Memory 4GB/8GB/16GB
Number of Bays 4/6/8 Bays supports up to  6GB SATA Drives
HDMI Yes HDMI Out and Remote Included to hook directly to TV
Transcoding Support 720P and High Resolution 1080P HD

QNAP

TVS-1282

Intel Core Skylake, i7, CPU

Best NAS for PLEX transcoding?\
CPU Intel Core i7-6700 3.4 GHz
Memory 32GB
Number of Bays 12 Bays supports up to  6GB SATA Drives
HDMI Yes Triple HDMI output and Remote Included to hook directly to TV
Transcoding Support 720P and High Resolution 1080P HD


About Your Plex Server


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A Plex server is really the most important piece of the Plex puzzle. It is needed to stream your media files to your TV streamers or mobile devices. If it is under powered, your performance will suffer. Generally the more devices you need to transcode and stream to at the same time, and at full 1080P HD resolution the more powerful media server needs to be.

Many people choose to use a NAS to support Plex because they are very quiet and don't take up much room. Now that QNAP is making a line of NAS boxes that can hook directly to your TV via a HDMI output and along with the included remote, it can even replace a media streamer in many cases. A NAS can also replace a large bulky PC server as well.


Try the QNAP Software


While we like Synology for their software, QNAP has been marketing many of their NAS boxes especially for Plex users and their NAS hardware is outstanding.

If you would like to try out the QNAP NAS software before you make the plunge. Click here to try the QNAP Demo


How to Setup Plex on a QNAP NAS





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