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  1. Skills: Decent knowledge with Windows and Mac Zero knowledge with Linux/Ubuntu etc Very very average networking skills Top notch Resilience and willingness to learn WARNING: COMPLETE NOOB ALERT! I am currently running Emby on my workstation which is an Alienware Aurora R4 (4930K, GTX 690) and having that switched on all day with my dual monitors and other stuff hasnt been kind to my Electric bill. Trying to workout the best possible, stable and economical setup has been quite challenging but its the ultimate goal here. I have the following: Intel NUC5i7RYH (256gb SSD and 16GB) Intel NUC5i5RYH (128GB and 8GB) A 2010 Macbook Pro 17" i7(8gb RAM max, hard drive upgraded to SSD) 1 unused Windows 8.1 licence local Clients: Sony Bravia TV 2014 (needs an HTPC or Streamer box to enjoy the full emby experience) Ipad Workstation Remote Clients:(still needs to be setup, will cross that bridge once all local clients are sorted) 1 laptop user 1 TV user connected to a PC Networking: R7500 - AC2350 Nighthawk X4: The router is located on the 1st floor but the most used local client will be the TV located downstairs(ground floor) with only wireless access to the home network. Question 1: Do you think the Intel NUC5i7RYH is more than capable of handling 5 HD streams steadily. Its relatively new hardware and I have never tinkered with such boxes until now(well this weekend). I plan on having this as the server PC connected to my usb3 hard drive. I hope this can work as an always on PC as oppose to buying a NAS? I did try using the Mac as the server. I dont know about Linux but honestly, Emby Server on Windows is the most stable package I have experienced so far. The Mac was just 'difficult' to remain stable and wasn't a fan of KODI's interface. I can only hope this improves with time. Question 2: I think this is a no brainer but I assume in order to handle 5+ streams, it would be wise to have the server PC connected with an ethernet cable to the router and have it feed to the clients. I was hoping to avoid this so I only keep one NUC as the SERVER and Client for the TV(wired directly-hdmi), have that with the hard drive downstairs and connected wirelessly to the home network to stream to other clients. bear in mind the router and NUC are both certified 'AC'. Question 3: I really would like to have Emby Theater as my main client for the Sony TV but that is only available on Windows. So Is it wise to use one of the Linux builds as the main OS for my Server PC and give the TV PC(Intel NUC5i5RYH ) the Windows licence. This is certianly unknown territory for me. So I was wondering, if this was the better option, how easy will it be to install and tinker without too many uber technical linux hurdles or should I just install Windows 10 technical Preview?? The other option will be to return the Intel NUC5i5RYH and get an android TV box or ROKU. I am just not sure what the interface looks and feels like. Would be nice to see a Youtube video demo. Also, how much metadata it parses and the subtitles support for these boxes as I sometimes run into a few encoded files in my library that require special treatment in the MadVR settings of Emby theater to display its subtitles without invoking MPC or VLC as the external player. Thats All for now. Will appreciate any advice that will give me optimal experience and possibly save me money. Thanks. Will begin installation later this evening.
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