It seems I’ve been on a roll the last couple of weeks/days 🙂
Well, we’re going on holiday soon and we need to take some of the media content we have with us !
So I had the following hardware available:
- Raspberry Pi 3+
- 2.5″ 500GB external drive (powered)
- Apple TV
- MacBook Air
What to do, what to do ?
Well, I tried installing Plex on the Raspberry Pi and although it worked “okay” it could not keep up with the transcoding process 😦
So I had a couple of options:
- transcode ALL the content to something usable [very time consuming]
- have the content available on the network and do the transcoding ON the device you’re using
- Windows 10
Well, I opted for the latter (well – it’s a proof of concept at the moment)
Looking around I found the following NAS software for the Raspberry Pi (OpenMediaVault)
OpenMediaVault runs on Debian Linux (Jessie) and they have a Raspberry Pi 3 image to download (here)
Installation is fairly simple:
- download the image
- write it to your SD card (I recommend Etcher)
- Boot up the Raspberry Pi and let the configuration complete
- The setup will then tell you which IP address to connect to (in my instance it was 192.168.1.10) [I forced the Router to have a static IP address for the Raspberry Pi – makes it easier in the long-run]
- Using your browser, connect to the IP address specified
- Use admin/openmediavault (remember to change the password)
- Use the Web Interface to add your devices (I have an external USB drive (500GB), which I mounted)
- Once mounted, you have need to SHARE this drive on the network
- Under Services ->SMB/CIFS you need to enable the service
- Once enabled, go to Shares and configure the Share (defaults are fine)
- I allowed GUEST access to make it easier and it’s contained to my local network
- That’s it !
The plan for the holiday is to have the Raspberry Pi connected to our 3G/LTE router and use the router as a local WiFi hotspot.
With the Raspberry Pi connected directly to the router, we won’t have WiFi lag, but then we’ll be able to connect to the NAS over WiFi and AirPlay from our iPads or MacBooks to our Apple TV (3rd Gen), or lie in bed in the evening and catch-up on some series on our iPads (I recommend VLC Mobile).
We’ll use AirPlay as it looks like to easiest option at the moment to play content on the TV.
OpenMediaVault has quite a couple of plug-ins you can enable on it – one of which is a Plex Media Server.
My initial tests showed me what I suspected – the Raspberry Pi 3+ (although more powerful than previous iterations) just can’t keep up with the transcoding process – so I disabled that feature again 😦 [especially when the content is 720p or 1080p]
There are a lot of plug-ins to choose from and as I need more time to investigate, I’ll have to report back on my findings in future.
For now it seems we’re set for an OpenMediaVault-RaspberryPi-NAS configuration to stream our content to which-ever device we want 🙂
Like always – HAVE FUN !