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Original poster
Jul 23, 2007

I'm using flex server on my iMac and apple tv 4 but as you all knows you need the iMac be powered on all the time.

i also have airport time capsule (the last version)

is there a way to use the time capsule as flex server so that way i don't need to use me iMac and keep it turned on all the time.

if not i think i will consider selling it and get some other NAS that works with plex server.


macrumors 68000
Jun 11, 2009
no, it won't work , you will need some kind of nas. to do this. you will probably wind up needing the mid range models that have an intel atom to do transcoding. the earlier and cheaper ones that use Spark chips like like ready nas duo are not powerful enough to run plex server, but they can be used as network drives for your mac that runs plex server.

time capsules do not run ' apps '

a nas would be good because it could or probably is configured as a raid , that way if one drive fails , the other one still works.

the other solution to your problem is to get something like a mac mini, that only draws 10 watts when idle

i think mac mini probably draws less power then my any of my 3 nas units.

a $499 mac mini has a more powerful cpu then a $499 nas. but it doesnt come configured as a raid and only comes with one 500 gb hard disk

if i ever get one of those wattage testers ill have to test this


macrumors newbie
Sep 13, 2011
Can't answer your original question but I run Plex on a Netgear ReadyNAS 102 quite happily, although as rigormortis states the processor isn't up to transcoding on the fly. However that's only an issue if your player isn't up to supporting the original format.


Staff member
Jan 23, 2005

I know you are using Plex server, but in a thread yesterday several people mentioned they are using Infuse to stream directly from things like a Time Capsule drive directly to the ATV, and no server setup is necessary. Might be something that would work for you.
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