I am hoping to hear some thoughts / guidance from folks her on my current situation. For years I have run a Plex Server, most recently off of a Shield TV. I recently went 4K on one of my TV’s which led me to Infuse as a primary player (Plex does not transcode HDR and 4K transcode was ineffective on Shield TV). Fast forward a couple of months and my NAS (an old WD MyBook Live) appears to be failing. So as a temporary solution I copied the drive contents to an external USB 3.) drive which is now directly connected to the Shield TV hosting my Plex server.
Everything is working great, except I am wondering if I am making my set up more complex than it needs to be. Do I really need the Plex server? and the Shield TV for that matter? I am not sure what advantage I get from using the Plex server and I never actually even wake up the shield tv except to reboot the Plex server if needed.
I have an old mac Mini (late 2009, C2D, 4GB RAM) that I was considering turning into a file server which would directly feed into Infuse without Plex. The Mini is limited to USB 2.0, would a system of those specs work to stream 4k HDR to Infuse if using an external drive (I had considering upgrading the internal to a small capacity SSD to run OS at max speed)? I am not concerned about Transcoding at this time. Or should I just stick with the Shield TV set-up or just sell it all and invest in a more robust NAS? I currently use a 2013 iMac for ripping / files conversion as needed.
Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
A few other points, my video library is ~2TB and growing. I use Apple TV 4Ks for viewing. My home network is a mesh set-up but the main media viewing is all connected via Ethernet (this is how the Mac Mini / Shield TV / NAS / Players are linked up).