I thought it might be useful for us to begin to discuss more on the subject of portable media server solutions. I like to travel, sometimes with others - and to have a decent solution for all - to watch my library of Movies and TV Series, both in planes and hotel rooms. I apologize however, that I have not yet studied enough, all of the other topics in this area on the forum.
It looks like I have been able to get an Emby Server working both on my Windows Laptop (obviously) but, now also on my Samsung S10. I have however not succeeded to date, with getting my traveling size library loaded in to any media server working on either the Samsung S8+ (android 9) or, my Samsung Tab A (android 9.) They both seem unable to mount my two portable WD Passport drives connected via the battery pack powered hub. I had re-formatted both of these 3TB and 4TB drives with exFAT, but that did not solve the problem. I will try soon using the Paragon exFAT/NTFS USB android app, which may also allow me to reformat the drives back to NTFS if I choose.
My current working hardware is as follows: Smartphone - Samsung S10 with Android 10 and Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. Laptop - Asus ZenBook with Windows 10. USB Drives - WD Passport portable 3TB and 4TB. USB C Hub - Ecoiou from Amazon with 3 USB A, HDMI, USB C power-through, Audio pass-through and Ethernet. Battery Pack - Anker PowerCore Lite 20000MAh. HDMI Connection and Media Player for TV in hotel room - Amazon Fire Stick 4k. Portable WiFi Routers - HooToo Wireless Travel Router or/and TP-Link TL-WR902AC AC750 Wireless WiFi Travel Router.
I will now investigate if I can use, for each scenario, just my Samsung S10 with Emby as my server and the other devices as clients. So far, it looks like I can get more than 5 hours running without 110 volts. I of course, needed to change settings on my phone for it to not go to sleep with the Emby server app running.
I have tried very many solutions over a few years that would work both on the plane AND in hotel rooms, but usually ended up needing at least two server solutions until now. I have tried Plex, Kodi, VLC, various DLNA choices and many different hardware and software pieces. Using Emby Android Server and this hardware setup may well be (by far) the best for me currently, although I recognize that Emby Server for Android is still in beta after a few years development. I am hoping that by participating, I might help this project to be completed and dependable.
Edited by jscheeren, 22 January 2020 - 10:33 PM.