How to Set Up a Home Media Server



thanks for watching tech quickie click the subscribe button and enable notifications with the bell icon so you won't miss any future videos streaming content from the internet is fantastic today's higher internet speeds mean that you can watch or listen to nearly anything you want from almost anywhere you want I mean 30 years ago it was practically unthinkable to watch an Indian cricket match from the northern reaches of Canada and yet here we are but even though streaming services like Spotify Netflix and YouTube have totally changed the way that we consume media that doesn't mean that there aren't still major advantages to keeping your own copies of the music movies shows and podcasts that you enjoy and one of the best ways to do this is with a home media server so Seagate reached out to sponsor a video about how to set one up having a server that you own as a central hub for your media not only prevents you from being at the mercy of a slow or finicky internet connection it also avoids the folks that run these streaming services removing something you've been wanting to check out without warning and since a local network can frequently move data at speeds that are much faster than your average internet connection even wirelessly you won't have to compromise on visual quality or worry about buffering even if you're watching 4k videos with full blu-ray quality or you have a lot of users on your network at once this setup can also help you avoid storing individual copies of everything on each of your devices hogging up a ton of space over and over so how should you get started then well another upside to having a whole media server is that you don't need a fully blown PC to house this data while you can repurpose an old computer as a server if you'd like I actually did a video about that very thing on our other channel a more elegant solution is to use a home network attached storage device or a Nazz these are bare-bones PC like devices that are dedicated solely to delivering files as fast as possible a typical mass usually includes its own lightweight operating system and easily accessible drive base so that you can add more hard drives as your content library grows some compact desktop units can support nearly a hundred terabytes of raw storage today bear in mind of course that if you're using raid or a similar scheme to protect against a disk failure some of that space will be consumed by redundancy you can learn more about raid here now many NAS units ship with felt pre-installed storage so you can actually choose your own configuration depending on your budget some special use cases might benefit from solid-state drives to cache your data or hold virtual machines but for file and media streaming duty on a gigabit network which is what you're probably running hard drives are more than fast enough if you're in a pinch typical desktop drives will serve you just fine though for a little more money you can get Nazz optimized hard drives that are normally more power efficient and that are designed for all these on operation in close proximity to other spinning drives another thing you'll need for your NAS is a good enough CPU if you want it to handle transcoding your media to different formats for seamless operation with all of your devices like your PC television smartphone or tablet and this requires more processing power than a small arm CPU can handle a reasonably modern quad-core desktop CPU should suffice for this but you might be able to get away with a dual-core if you're not running too many streams at once the lack of CPU power is actually one of the reasons that many folks decide not to simply plug an external hard drive into their home wireless router many of those do have file server functionality built in and this Netgear one even supports Plex a popular tool for managing and streaming media but most of them will suffer from one bottleneck or another so let's say you're going for the Cadillac experience of us and alone as plugged into your router and you've just turned it on they all set up a little differently so the manufacturer website is the place to start or if you're running something DIY then the project website for something like on raid or a free OS like freenas will have plenty of community getting started guides once your nas is visible on the network your next step is to fill it up with your favorite content this usually means transferring files over the network but if your collection is as disorganized as ours was when we upgraded many of them also support plugging external media in directly but you don't want to just dump your files on to it willy-nilly instead make sure to organize your media into a folder structure that breaks your TV episodes down by season for example or your songs by artist and album popular media server software like Plex will provide instructions online about how best to do this speaking of Plex your next step will be to download the server software that you'd like to use through your Nass itself or your web browser and the client software for your devices from the web or the appropriate app store this will allow you to easily access your media kind of like your own personal Netflix Plex as we've mentioned before is a very popular option although others such as Cody and MB are also fine choices configuration after this point is mostly a matter of following the on-screen instructions and opening up some router ports for remote access and then you're ready to enjoy your content from anywhere in the world whatever that content might be now if you're interested in setting up a private multimedia server then check out Seagate and Synology the bar has been raised officially with 12 terabyte capacity options in the Seagate iron wolf Pro family and that is Seagate's specialty Nash drive it's built for Nass by working closely with leading as vendors such as Synology the result is a drive that works perfectly even in enclosures with lots of drives stacked right next to each other where heat and vibe operation can become a concern for lesser drives and it's got iron wolf health built-in which allows you to easily monitor your drive through your NAS OS for peace of mind on top of that they've got a five-year limited warranty and iron wolf pro includes two years of data recover services that cover data corruption viruses user error and even natural disasters such as fire and flood so build your own private cloud with Seagate and Synology by checking out the links below so thanks for watching guys like dislike check out our other channels leave a comment with video suggestions and don't forget to subscribe and follow so you don't miss any of our videos

49 Comments

  • BigEnderTroll Zockt

    April 14, 2019

    Here is a story:
    Two years ago i was angry on my dad and thought it was a good idea to just pull a hard drive out of our NAS (wich holds ALL data from the work from my dad my mom AND ME)

    Now im older… and i would like the admin acces to the NAS
    But no

    Thanks younger me ?

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  • Iyhab Imad

    April 14, 2019

    Does NAS works with Revit central workflow?!

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  • Devin Lucaschu

    April 14, 2019

    who use portable nas i used one i put it in my book bag with a powerbank lol i got de 2tb portable nas

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  • Josua Robson

    April 14, 2019

    I have a raspberry pi and I've been missing out on fast file transfer… (100mbit/s)

    Reply
  • willinbrighton

    April 14, 2019

    How do you suggest converting Blu-rays into digital files to store on this server?

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  • Asuna Chan

    April 14, 2019

    Young sheldon lol

    Reply
  • Danial Khan

    April 14, 2019

    Don't randomly open ports on your firewall unless u wanna get hacked.

    Reply
  • tihzho

    April 14, 2019

    Seagate? "Seagate faces class-action lawsuit over 3TB hard drive failure rates"
    After I got STIFFED with Seagate 3TB HDDs I would never consider Seagate again.

    Ever!

    Reply
  • GAZZERHAX music

    April 14, 2019

    I need his for my wifi in general for work I’m doing this with a dell optiplex that I’m rebuilding

    Reply
  • Roger Barraud

    April 14, 2019

    1:00 NetFlix, Breaking Bad 🙁

    Reply
  • Roger Barraud

    April 14, 2019

    Didn't know Linus was into cricket 🙂

    Reply
  • Ensue85A

    April 14, 2019

    Synology NAS enclosures have crap power supplies.

    Reply
  • nathan mead

    April 14, 2019

    KODI 18.0 IS THE BEST

    Reply
  • Grady Gilchrist

    April 14, 2019

    Info overload, getting old sucks im still clueless lol.

    Reply
  • Martinezzz

    April 14, 2019

    NAS 12TB Only €2580 haha Nice Price… ( NOT )

    Reply
  • Farar Rarara

    April 14, 2019

    Don't Transcoding your videos, it's take Alot of time and storage, not mention poorer quality, and additional cost.

    Modern handheld and computer devices can handle almost all type of video codec.

    Reply
  • TheJackstrow

    April 14, 2019

    Is it possible to put on game server on wd cloud?

    Reply
  • Ken Sánchez

    April 14, 2019

    I like this way better than the other comedy of your other channel

    Reply
  • MonkeyPants676

    April 14, 2019

    Young Sheldon haha perfect!

    Reply
  • KingsRight

    April 14, 2019

    i have 4 Sata II internal hdds that i want enclosed and run externally and all must be ON and fully powered at the same time so i can have my windows 10 laptop run a media player that chooses random video files from these 4 drives to play, like a jukebox..  but i have only one usb3.0 port available on that laptop.

    So i figured a hub of some sort would work but there are so many to choose from.  I also have some ethernet ports available on the router that this same laptop hooks up to wirelessly by wifi.. 

    What should i get? will this work for me?

    Reply
  • Giveaway

    April 14, 2019

    Is it pronounced "Naz" or "Nas"

    Reply
  • A.R. Sunny

    April 14, 2019

    Can I use it offline?

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  • Gg_launtis _67-The Golden Slime

    April 14, 2019

    I wanted to do this in my parents house for storing files, a tird for mom, dad and me but for me more storage because of gaming videos.

    Reply
  • Republik_jay

    April 14, 2019

    MGK look a like?

    Reply
  • wrekker69

    April 14, 2019

    Watched the video but still don't know how to "Set Up a Home Media Server"
    I DO know that I need to click on a link to find out.

    Reply
  • pizzafrenzyman

    April 14, 2019

    the mystery of saving copyrighted movies on to a hard drive.

    Reply
  • mdd1963

    April 14, 2019

    I want to build a NAS, just for the fun of it….but, even my single 4 TB storage drive has but 300 GB of stuff on it (and 200 GB of that data is a Clonezilla image of my desktop's internal SSD), and I don't care about or store any movies….; so my urge to tinker is satisfied by setting up a FreeNAS virtual machine within HyperV, where I store pretty much nothing….

    Reply
  • todd scholefield

    April 14, 2019

    Luke made it in the video yay!!!!!!! The Chanel isn’t the same without him. Linus bring him back!!!!!!!!!

    Reply
  • Paul K

    April 14, 2019

    Its not Harddrive failure i am scared of its NAS FAILURE and they all fail miserably …and they know it " the nas makers".

    Reply
  • MGPps 1

    April 14, 2019

    My Wifi speed is 1.5 MByte/s

    Reply
  • kiltedjohn1000

    April 14, 2019

    Money is the root of all wishes

    Reply
  • tom sawyer

    April 14, 2019

    that's a pretty fucked up part that your putting that thing in your mouth. . .did you consider what it looked like before you put that in? 6:08

    Reply
  • DeathlyZpectre

    April 14, 2019

    Could you use something like this to edit videos directly off of like the LTT people do at their office?

    Reply
  • Mark Linton

    April 14, 2019

    No idea why Plex gets all the attention. It's inferior to both Kodi and Emby.

    Reply
  • rohanzo1

    April 14, 2019

    Cons
    Uses to much power and needs to be on at all times

    Reply
  • Martin Reyes

    April 14, 2019

    Can I use a NAS for office use? Or do I need an expensive server?

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  • Birb Activist

    April 14, 2019

    Is there an way to do this from somewhere not connected to the network where the NAS is connected to ?

    Reply
  • FullOilBarrel

    April 14, 2019

    rpi openelec

    Reply
  • Anhad Singha

    April 14, 2019

    How to create a virtual cloud server?

    Reply
  • b888

    April 14, 2019

    Fucking Seagate! Sponsor me!

    Reply
  • Deem

    April 14, 2019

    Here to add on nas drive has better software equipped for nas, Faster timeouts when accessing corrupt files as compared to normal drives which will lock up the system

    Reply
  • Alfonso Africano

    April 14, 2019

    By any chance is there anywhere in the market some kind of enclosure to support 4-6 2.5 hd but to be around the size of 5 inches in higher or a way to build one…

    Reply
  • tubeslats

    April 14, 2019

    USB SSD plugged into router works for me

    Reply
  • TheToxicBeast 123

    April 14, 2019

    4:17 I have that and my brother did make a plex server on it.

    Reply
  • Asid's Tech Tips

    April 14, 2019

    Anybody managed to get this working so that it streams flawlessly to an late connected phone. Can't get my syno to push streams out stabaly to my phone when I'm out of my network

    Reply
  • 陳 頌 恩

    April 14, 2019

    Can i use a motherboard from an old laptop with an intel pentium core to put in a NAS case? my laptop runs on windows 7 i think

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  • Vertigo101

    April 14, 2019

    The only bottleneck I've run into is 4K, 8K and 12K videos, Can't even buffer on a 1Gbps lan.
    Going to be upgrading to 10 Gbps network for 4K and possibly 8K content.

    Do I own an 8K device? Nope but I like the geek factor lol

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  • M 013

    April 14, 2019

    Hi,
    I am new to NAS system and I am looking for a good one, how can I chose a good one that would last me for a good time, I am looking to use SSD, how can I chose a good one, Do NAS sys has same as cloud service?

    Reply
  • Juana cardenas

    April 14, 2019

    What was the purpose of including an image of you and your boyfriend in the video?

    Reply

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