Saturday, February 22, 2014

Plex Media Server



Plex Media Server (http://plex.tv/) "bridges the gap between your computer and your home theater, doing so with a visually appealing user interface that provides instant access to your media."

Plex allows you to play your collection of movies, music and photos from a variety of devices, such as a computer, Smart TV, Roku, cell phones, tablets and others.  Through the online Plex Service you can also share your media collection with friends and family.

Plex has a server download for Windows, Linux and Mac.  I have had the best results (least issues) with the Linux 64bit version.



Plex Installation

Plex is really easy to install.  Plex can be downloaded from https://plex.tv/downloads

For Windows, you run the simple installer executable.

For Linux, you download the appropriate rpm/deb.  The following example works for Fedora 14 or CentOS 6 (or newer) 64bit

# as the root user...

wget http://downloads.plexapp.com/plex-media-server/0.9.8.18.290-11b7fdd/plexmediaserver-0.9.8.18.290-11b7fdd.x86_64.rpm

rpm -Uvh plexmediaserver-0.9.8.18.290-11b7fdd.x86_64.rpm

service plexmediaserver restart

To access the Plex web interface visit http://127.0.0.1:32400/web/

To use the online Plex Service you will need to open up port 32400 on your firewall.

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