pshanew, thanks so much for your fast and thorough response,
pshanew wrote: ↑Wed Dec 16, 2020 9:17 pm
- In that scenario is there a free TV Guide integrated into Plex or do I have to purchase some subscription for this or is there no guide at all?
Plex provides EPG data as part of your Plex Pass subscription, provided you live in a supported country.
I live in the United States (San Francisco Bay Area), so I hope it's supported here.
- Would there still be a reason in my situation to get the Extend model over the Connect Duo? How much of a problem is the higher bandwidth of the Connect for a wireless/powerline connection in practice?
I use the Connect 4K which, aside from ATSC 3.0 support, is functionally equivalent to the Connect Quatro. I have no tuner-related issues. I'm watching a show which is being transcoded to 480P at the moment; the average bitrate is 2 Mb/s with spikes to ~6 Mb/s.
Interesting, I wasn't even aware of the Connect 4K model. While ATSC 3.0 isn't available in our area, yet and we don't have a 4k TV yet as well, I'm wondering, if the 4K model also works with older standards. In that case I might consider it, so I don't have to buy a new unit a year or two down the road, once 4k TV becomes a thing here. The Connect 4K model appears to use a 100MBit/s Ethernet port, so not even a Gigibit port. Is this actually enough bandwidth for four concurrent MPEG2 stream, two in 4k and two in 1080p, if I interpret the specs correctly?
You'll just need to ensure that your server's hardware is up to the task of transcoding.
Luckily my server runs a Ryzen 2700X and a GTX 1060, so between the two, there should be ample transcoding capacity for this with plenty horsepower to spare at least for 1080p. Do you have any experience on how much horsepower (e.g. passmarks) would be needed to transcode a 4k stream from the Connect4k?
- Are there any other issues that I should be aware of, when putting this setup into practice?
Have you used PowerLine adapters in the past? That is, do you know how well they work with your home's electrical wiring? My experience with them was that they were very inconsistent. They are affected by not only the quality of the wiring of the circuit to which they're connected, but also the other devices on the same circuit and whether or not they're powered on. I know of other folks who have had better experiences and yet others who had worse.
An important point for anyone who is reading this. Yes, I am actually running a TP-Link PA9020P Powerlink kit already and I'm pretty happy with the results so far (>250 mbps). I'm using it between other rooms though, than I would for this setup I'm considering, but at least - once I buy the TV tuner, I can test it between the actual rooms that I would need it in before going out and buying another Powerline Kit. Yes, results highly depends on the wiring and if the signal needs to cross circuit breakers, but once that isn't a problem, I've found them to be pretty reliable overall. But this house is less than 20 years old, so that may make a huge difference.