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Topic # 144104 7-May-2014 16:19
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Hi

I have a set up in my lounge whereby I can play media on my TV from my NAS via my PS3. I have been looking to replicate something similar in the bedroom but instead of a PS3 or putting a clunky box in, I was looking at one of these small new USB/HDMI sticks that is on the market (Roku, Chromecast) Something hidden away and tidy.

Having done a little bit of reading about this, it may not be as simple as I thought it would be because from what I seem to be reading, you need to either stream from a tablet to these devices or have a PC/laptop set up with a media server. Both undesirable.

Is there any product on the market that will do what I am trying to achieve? I was looking at the Roku 3500R Streaming Stick that comes with a remote but the person selling could not confirm that it will do what I want it to do.

Does anyone have any advice or tips?

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  Reply # 1038456 7-May-2014 16:37
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What NAS?
Can you run Plex Media Server on it?
I take it it is running some sort of DLNA server on the NAS - a lot of TVs will see a DLNA server out of the box (assuming they have a network connection).

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Reply # 1038457 7-May-2014 16:37
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I have an Amazon FireTv connected to the tv.  On whs2011 and also on Asustor As-604T (my backup unit in case whs2011 fails) I have Plex Media server.  On FiretV I have plex client and it works great.    I also have XBMC on firetv but having a few problems so waiting for bugs to be ironed out.   But works great with Plex for Movies TV shows. music and my photos




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  Reply # 1038471 7-May-2014 16:44
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Hi Trig

Good point. The NAS is a Netgear ReadyNAS Ultra 4. The TV in the bedroom, while a nice flat screen, has zero smarts about it i.e. It's just a TV with HDMI and USB and nothing else

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  Reply # 1038477 7-May-2014 16:55
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The Ultra4 is an intel based NAS, and you can install the Plex server on it, but apparently it is a bit slow and will not transcode 1080p nicely (buffers).
You could do some googling.

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  Reply # 1038486 7-May-2014 17:26
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I use a WDTV for streaming from my NAS in both kitchen and lounge. I use it for that purpose and that purpose only. It plays any format you throw at it and for streaming from a NAS it's perfect. They are pretty cheap to. It has other features like Netflix spotify etc to but in my opinion these are not it's forte.





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  Reply # 1038578 7-May-2014 20:24
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I also recommend a WDTV. I am using two (one in the living room, one in the bedroom) to stream from a NAS, via ethernet over powerline.

Rock solid and works brilliantly.



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  Reply # 1038584 7-May-2014 20:32
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Ethernet over power line.... Tell me more

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  Reply # 1038587 7-May-2014 20:33
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+1 for WDTV



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  Reply # 1038606 7-May-2014 20:52
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The WD TV looks like the answer to my issues. I had not come across it previously. Probably not as small as I would like but it does tick the boxes. I take it the remote requires line of site to use? i.e. I could not mount this in the rear of a TV?

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  Reply # 1038608 7-May-2014 21:02
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I have the older model WD TV, I don't think it's availble now, but it was going for around $100. The interface isn't pretty but definitely handles all the common video formats easily. And yes it uses regular ir remote so it needs line of sight.

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  Reply # 1038609 7-May-2014 21:03
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My WDTV's are mounted behind TV's sticking out just a fraction so the remote can see them. When I say a fraction I mean like 5mm no more. Never had an issue with the remote working when it's not in direct line of sight.





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  Reply # 1038612 7-May-2014 21:09
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PoHq: My WDTV's are mounted behind TV's sticking out just a fraction so the remote can see them. When I say a fraction I mean like 5mm no more. Never had an issue with the remote working when it's not in direct line of sight.


Yes, actually now I look at where mine is it's quite far back in the cabinet, still visible but I haven't had any issues with it not working.

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