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.
What’s included with Plex Pass?
Some notable Plex Pass benefits (compared against 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.
Synology DiskStation DS920+
The DS920+ 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.
I’m a big fan of Seagate’s IronWolf series of NAS hard drives. If you’re serious about storage, the Pro range offers a few advanced extras.
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.