Plex is pretty cool and it isn't all that hard to set up. You should at least try it. It removes the need to set up a viewing on the computer as you can simply select what you want from the Plex app on the streaming device. Casting seems like a lot of extra steps with multiple devices.Again, there are much better solutions, but I never had the need or desire to dive into Plex or anything similar.
Plex has an entire subsystem devoted to audio. Depending on what devices you use for playback, it can transcode audio too so if your device is too simple-minded to play FLAC or Ogg Vorbis formats, Plex can convert it to something else on the fly.Right now I do not have a single video file on my computer or my phone, audio is what I care about the most.
You wouldn't be happy with the results on a Raspberry Pi player if that is what you had intended. A Roku or FireTV stick would be a far better solution for playback.i was going to hire someone to build 2 raspberry pi units and load the software.
I'm not sure I understand what you're after. Are you going to use the Raspberry Pis as servers or players (there's no need for multiple media servers)?as for the limited remote. the shield remote makes it hard to fast forward etc and volume
If you consider Wi-fi a threat to life and limb, most Fire TV sticks support an external Ethernet adapter ($12 and up) and even with a 4K stick, that adds up to less than a Raspberry Pi 4 kit. There are also dozens of "media streamers" available that have fairly full-featured remotes that fall in between the Fire TV stick and the Shield.the plan was to stream from my desktop computer as the server. and use 2 clients. but NO WI FI!!!
Do you want to play video games? This is why I can't stress enough the importance of telling us what you want and letting us go hog wild with the best way to get there (given the conditions you impose).i watched a few videos on this topic and the sticks etc did not rate as high as the shield. and cant you play video games over the shield?