Locast Plex - Local TV on Plex with Raspberry Pi4

Watch local broadcast TV on Plex without an antenna.



What is it?

Locast is a free service that receives over the air (OTA) broadcast television signals and encodes and legally distributes them digitally across the internet. Using the program locast2plex you can receive this digital content and send it to a Plex Media Server. Plex will allow you to record, time-shift and save this content. It works exactly like a Cablebox / DVR.

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DIY DAS and NAS for Media 2020

Updated for 2021: Great for Chia Farming and Plotting!!!


DAS Internals

Update I have several hundred terabytes that I’ve recently been putting to use to Farm Chia Cryptocurrency. I’ve updated this article were applicable.

Why another NAS/DAS article?

There are a lot resources online for building your own DIY DAS. A lot of them contain good information but none of them were comprehensive for the DAS I wanted to build so I compiled the information that was useful for my specific 2019 build here. The prices linked below are subject to market fluctuations and timing, so some of the components I found at a great price. Overall they should be roughly the same as what you can find. Your mileage may vary.

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Deluge Grafana Dashboard

Tonight I was introduced to a Deluge exporter for Prometheus so I figured I’d whip up a quick dashboard for visualizing the metrics.

Deluge Dashboard
Deluge Dashboard is a very simple way to display Deluge torrent metrics. It uses the deluge exporter to populate a Prometheus data source. The panels in this dashboard can be copied into more comprehensive dashboards for a single pane of glass view of your network transfers or it can be used as a standalone glanceboard.

You can install the dashboard from the Grafana website or from my repo.

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Grafana Dashboards

Grafana is a really great tool for visualizing data. In my homelab, I have obviously have a lot of data so what better than to use than the right tool for the job. Below, you can find some screenshots of my dashboards. I use a raspberry pi that just runs a full screen browser for viewing the dashboard slideshow in addition to a few other glance boards (DAKBoard, Monitorr, et al).






VMWare Cluster Health Dashboard
ESXi Datastores Overview

Here’s the Gallery
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Plex Grafana Dashboard

Plex Dashboard

I made a Grafana Dashboard for my Plex system at home. I feed various system telemetry into an influx database as the data source and Plex-Data-Collector for inserting the data from plex. Additionally, I wrote a python script for injecting logs from NZBGet into mysql. I then use Grafana to display the graphs. I really love Grafana and I’ve created several dashboards:

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pfSense graphs in Grafana

Using Grafana with pfSense

Grafana Dashboard

Update: 2018/09/13
pfSense has a plugin for telegraf which can be installed from the gui. I recommend this method rather than what I figured out below. I’m leaving these notes for manual installation reference.

2017/12/09
I put this guide together using information from various other blogs. This is current as of December 2017 and using pfSense 2.4.2. For this tutorial, you’ll need your IP or hostname of your influxdb data source and your username and password.

The data flow is as follows:

pfSense -> Telegraf (gather metrics) -> InfluxDB (store metrics) -> Grafana (render graphs)

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NZBGet MySQL Extension Script

I wrote a simple plugin for NZBGet that inserts download history into a MySQL database. Having my download list in a database makes operations on the data easier than groking text logs.

I wanted to display my most recent downloads on a Grafana Dashboard:
Table of downloads

To use simply copy the Mysql-Log.py script into your NZBGet/scripts directory. In NZBGet, select settings and set the hostname of your MySQL instance.

You can download the plugin on github

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NZBGet ElasticSearch Plugin

I wrote a simple plugin for NZBGet that inserts download history into an ElasticSearch cluster (or node). It uses API calls rather than parsing filesystem logs. I wanted a quick way to just insert the data so I created this script.

Simply copy the ESLog.py script into your NZBGet/scripts directory. In NZBGet, select settings and set the hostname of your ElasticSearch instance.

You can download the plugin on github

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