Hi. I did a search but can’t find an answer I understand. With the new Roon pricing I just can’t afford Roon any longer and I’m bummed but decided I will use Plex/Plexamp for my music. Since I bought a Nucleus when they first came out, I’m wondering if there is a way to just use the Nucleus for my Plex Music. I have a NAS for all my Plex movies/tv/music currently. I use a Mac for Roon and Plex Amp control and iPhone for Plex Amp. Thanks for any help. I’m not a networking expert so plain terminology would be great lol. Thanks in advance.
Nucleus is just another computer.
Put a new operating system on it and you’re GTG.
Since Nucleus OS (basically ROCK) is a closed system, I guess you’d have to install a generic Linux distribution on it, after which you should be able to use it as any other computer and install any apps you wish. I don’t know if you need any special drivers though, as I seem to remember that Roon builds a custom kernel for it.
Ok well sounds like all above my knowledge. Thanks for replies.
I didn’t want to go that far You need to make sure that the CPU is supported for Windows and that you can find required drivers (storage and network, at a minimum).
Installing Windows is a piece of cake and you don’t have to buy a license if it doesn’t work out. Pay some 13 yr. old to do it for you.
Linux, altho free, is vastly more complicated for a novice.
I have a Nucleus at home running Plex server.
I’d love to open this up to the public, but it is constantly causing me issues that require rebooting or restarting stuff.
I also had it running Minecraft for my kids, but again, what a nightmare. Kids can be far more demanding when things are broken.
Probably not a great idea if you bought a Nucleus because want it to be great at Roon and not much else.
Linux or Windows?
Nucleus is RoonOS, which uses the Linux kernel.
Why don’t you sell the Nucleus, as a Nucleus, buy another computer for Plex and keep the change?
Or get 2 or 3 lifetime subscriptions to Roon with the change.
Not quite… you have to deal with thermal management in fanless cases. It’s not hard to do, you just have to do it.
Please tell me off or move to an appropriate thread.
Was this as a Minecraft Java Edition server?
We used Bedrock server because iPad Minecraft was the app of choice. Later, I found out there is an add-on to allow Bedrock clients to use Java servers. It wouldn’t have mattered for the RoonOS integration, since it was dockerized.
Sell your Nucleus with Roon installed.
Thanks @danny I now see my error. Bedrock for iPad. Didn’t research it enough. That’s me tinkering at weekend. I normally use VMware EXSI.
Thanks for the link also.
My understanding is Nucleus is just a PC architecture computer that will run any PC-based operating system, like Linux or Windows. But the devil is in the details, which you don’t seem that interested in. And if successful, you will have a very expensive PC running Plex. I second the advice to sell the Nucleus, buy a generic PC adequate for your needs, and pocket the difference.
So you’re doing thermal management at the application level? I thought the BIOS handled that.
My Asus MoBo in an HDPlex fanless case (which are getting long in the tooth), running Kodi, throws up a “CPU fan error” at startup, and that’s the end of it. But I believe the MoBo has fan management settings, if I had one. I guess the fanless cooling is a significant part of the cost of the Nucleus.
BTW that system was never intended for Roon. For that I’m using a Synology NAS for core, and an Oppo UDP 205 as main endpoint.
Both in Roon and in Roon OS.
The BIOS thermal management is lame – it’ll just throttle down your max CPU freq.