HTPC Newbie

Discussion in 'HTPC' started by german, Jul 5, 2019.

  1. german

    german Member

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    I don't have anything special but looking for suggestions on what to do, what to install.

    I have a HP ProLiant N40/54L(can't remember) Microserver with 12tb(4x3rb raid) that is currently running OMV. This machine hasn't been touched in around 6 years. I'll be wiping the entire machine and starting from scratch. The server box itself is much older, back when they were the craze.
    I'm also using a Xiaomi Mi Box which is 2 years old.

    I'm stuck between running Freenas or OMV as the OS on the server, anything better?
    Xiaomi was looking to run Plex, but have just seen some comments saying it isn't that great?
    Have just seen Emby that can run under Kodi, any good?

    Am I missing something?

    Appreciate the help.
     
  2. bart5986

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    Plex is easily the best right now, however their direction is more towards stupid online services so everyone is hoping that jellyfin might eventually come out on top (open source version of emby)
     
  3. flu!d

    flu!d Never perfect, always genuine

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    Bugger Plex, use Kodi.
     
  4. sTeeLzor

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    They are not the same thing and have different use cases.
     
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  5. flu!d

    flu!d Never perfect, always genuine

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    Ah, you see when you have a mobile device that can accept a USB stick and stream media directly off NTFS partitions, streaming on the go via the internet is irrelevant.
     
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  6. sTeeLzor

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    Okay. I dont carry a USB with me everywhere I go and my tablet and phones dont have USB expandable storage. The internet however, they do have. And where they dont (basically just airplanes), its automatically converted to a supported format and downloaded for viewing.

    They are different products.
     
  7. flu!d

    flu!d Never perfect, always genuine

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    I never disputed this fact. It's one of the biggest reasons I avoid Apple mobile devices as they're far too limiting. There's no way I'm chewing through mobile data because Apple can't provide a mobile solution that caters to advanced users with a decent USB port.

    You shouldn't have to convert anything just to run it on your mobile device. Click and drag is all you need. Kodi takes care of FTA TV using TVHeadend, it takes care of music and TV series and it takes care of movies, just like Plex but without the cost. No way I'm paying for that shit.

    But I believe that under Apple your only real option is Plex anyway, limiting in itself really.
     
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