Best Plex Media Server for Streaming on Roku

Best Plex Media Server for Streaming on Roku

Plex media server will stream your video file library to your Roku

Roku is still one of today's most popular media streaming platforms. Plex makes Roku even more useful by making it easy way to watch your personal library of video content on any TV in your home. The Plex Roku Channel, works hand in hand with their media server software and creates the right combination of streaming perfection.

Plex Media Server How Much CPU Power Is Needed

To use Plex, you will need to install their server software on a computer or NAS Box. Using the correct hardware and CPU is extremely important in order for video files to play back smoothly.

Transcoding comes into play when you use sub-titles, access and stream content from outside your network or have multiple Roku boxes accessing your media files simultaneously.

It's always a good idea to err on the upper end of the power spectrum when buying a new media server.  At a minimum, a Core 2 Duo 2.4Ghz CPU or faster would be a good starting point when buying a new PC or NAS to use as a Plex server. While many NAS boxes use an ARM or PPC type CPU, to support transcoding in Plex, you will need a NAS box that has an X86 CPU.

This will allow full 1080p HD transcoding at 10MBs with a 2000 PassMark score.

Best Plex Media Server Hardware - PC VS NAS

While an old PC can certainly work fine as a Plex server. Today NAS boxes are becoming more and more popular to use as Plex media servers. Since a NAS is much smaller than a typical computer, it takes up less space. They can also be placed right next to a television as they are also quieter than computers. 

Since NAS boxes hold multiple hard drives, they also offer more storage for large media file libraries and can back up your data by creating your own personal cloud. 

Best NAS for Plex Media Server

For a Plex Media Server NAS we like QNAP. The TS-670 Pro meets the hardware requirements for transcoding and includes the Plex Server app in their QNAP "App Center".

Setting up a Plex on a QNAP NAS box is rather easy and can be accomplished in three simple steps.

  1. 1. Install the Plex Media Server App from the QNAP "APP Center" on your NAS
  2. 2. Go to the Plex Management page on your NAS and Setup Plex
  3. 3. Stream from it using the Plex (Paid Roku Channel) or Free Rarflix Plex channel.


QNAP TS-670Pro 6-Bay NAS
Intel® 2.6GHz Dual-core Processor

  Manufacturer's Specs

CPUIntel® 2.6GHz Dual-core Processor
Flash Memory512MB DOM
Hard Disk Drive6 x 3.5” or 2.5” SATA 6Gb/s, SATA 3Gb/s hard drive or SSD
  1. The system is shipped without HDD.
  2. For Recommended Hard Drives, please Click Here
Hard Disk Tray6 x Hot-swappable tray with key lock
LAN Port4 x Gigabit RJ-45 Ethernet port (2 ports are provided by the included PCI-E NIC);
Optional dual-port 10 GbE NIC support by replacing the dual-port GbE PCI-E NIC
For the information of network card installation, please refer to chapter 6 in the Turbo NAS Hardware Manual.
LED IndicatorsStatus, USB, LAN, HDD 1 - 6
USB2 x USB 3.0 port (rear)
3 x USB 2.0 port (front: 1, rear:2)
Support USB printer, pen drive, USB hub (front), and USB UPS etc.
eSATA2 x eSATA port (rear)
IRBuilt-in Infrared Receiver (IR) for MCE remote control
Audio Out1 (Supported application: Music Station, HD Station)
Audio In1 (reserved)
ButtonsPower, Reset, USB One Touch Backup
Alarm BuzzerSystem warning
LCD PanelMono-LCD display with backlight, Enter and Select buttons for configuration
Secure DesignK-lock security slot for theft prevention
Fan2 x quiet cooling fan (9 cm, 12V DC)
PCI-E Slot1, with dual-port GbE NIC pre-installed (for optional 10GbE network expansion)
Form FactorTower
Dimensions175 (H) x 257 (W) x 235 (D) mm
6.89 (H) x10.12 (W) x 9.25 (D) inch
WeightNet weight: 6.18 kg (13.62 lbs)
Gross weight: 6.9 kg (15.21 lbs)
Power Consumption (W)Sleep mode: 26.3W
In Operation: 49.8W
Power-off (in WOL mode): 1W
(with 6 x 500GB HDD installed)
Humidity5~95% RH non-condensing, wet bulb: 27˚C
Power SupplyInput: 100-240V AC, 50/60Hz, Output: 250W

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