I have had my music stored on an Addonics NAS for the last 8 years and it works with sonos fine, simply acting as an NAS. I now see it is no longer supported and my mac has stopped accessing it. It is the same size as a raspberry pi with a usb drive plugged in. Marvellous bit of kit really.
Whst should i replace it with? Should I go for another NAS or a streaming solution like plex? What is the difference? Apart from the obvious. The NAS should be small and quiet and still supported.
I have a raspberry Pi v3. I am guessing I could probably just install a linux on it, mount the drive and share it. Is there any advantage to having plex on top? Any alternatives?
I would say that Plex is a good idea if you want access to local content outside of your network outside as well as inside. It also does a good job of organizing all of our media (movies, pictures) etc and has a pretty good user interface. You do have to pay a subscription fee (or pay for lifetime subscription) though if you want to outside your network. And I could be off on this, but I believe Sonos access is technically considered to be outside the network (it operates via cloud). But if all you want is a file share like you had previously, then skip Plex.
A Pi NAS is easy, I use one here.
Still experimenting but the bog standard raspberry pi install plus something called “webadmin” gives you a nice interface for configuring file shares. Trying to avoid command lines as much as possible.