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What is Plex Pass?

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Plex Media Server is a free catalog and streaming platform for movies, TV shows, music, and more. Installed on the best NAS for Plex, you’re able to transfer all your media to the server and stream it to connected devices like a PC, TV, or smartphone. Plex Pass is an optional account upgrade that unlocks numerous benefits like hardware transcoding.

While you don’t technically require the best NAS for Plex to take full advantage of all the benefits of the Plex Pass, it’s strongly recommended you have a good enough enclosure to handle transcoding to some degree. If you’re planning to stream 4K movies, I urge you to consider a NAS with at least a recently released Intel Celeron processor.

Plex Pass

Plex
Plex. (Source: Plex)

You can use Plex for free. But to take full advantage of streaming capabilities with transcoding for advanced playback, you’ll want to consider the optional Plex Pass.

What’s included with Plex Pass?

Plex Pass
Plex Pass. (Source: NAS Master)

Some notable Plex Pass benefits (compared to the standard free account) include the following:

  • Hardware-based transcoding.
  • Plex mobile apps.
  • Live TV and DVR support.
  • Mobile sync and intro skip.
  • Automatic lyrics for songs.
  • Access to high-quality trailers and extras.
  • Plex Pass Perks.

The free Plex account is more than enough for many users of the platform, but if you’re serious about media streaming from your NAS, it’s worth considering the upgrade.

How much does Plex Pass cost?

Plex offers a few subscriptions for Plex Pass, including a single lifetime purchase. The Premium tier costs $5 per month, $40 per year, or $120 for the lifetime pass. I’d recommend starting with the $5 for a month and seeing how you go with the advanced features.

Should you enjoy Plex Pass, consider saving in the long term and opting for the lifetime pass.

What you need to build a Plex NAS

QNAP TS-464

Best NAS for Plex

QNAP TS-464
QNAP TS-464. (Source: QNAP)

The QNAP TS-464 is a great choice for Plex Media Server. Powered by an Intel processor, rocking four drive bays, and upgradable RAM make this quite the server.

First, we’re going to need a NAS enclosure. Our pick for the best Plex NAS is the mighty QNAP TS-464 with its powerful Intel Celeron processor, upgradable RAM, dedicated HDMI port, and solid operating system. Like other NAS servers, this one doesn’t come with any storage drives.

Seagate IronWolf 2TB

Seagate IronWolf 2TB
Seagate IronWolf 2TB. (Source: Seagate)

We’re big fans of Seagate’s IronWolf series of NAS hard drives and 2TB is more than enough to get started. If you’re serious about storage, the Pro range offers a few advanced extras.

Seagate makes some excellent storage drives and the Seagate IronWolf series of mechanical spinning disks are among the best NAS drives you can buy. As well as populating the four-bay NAS with at least one drive, we will also need an active Plex Pass subscription if we’re to take advantage of hardware transcoding, among other benefits.

Plex Pass

Plex
Plex. (Source: Plex)

You can use Plex for free. But to take full advantage of streaming capabilities with transcoding for advanced playback, you’ll want to consider the optional Plex Pass.

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