Idiots Guide: NAS / Plex Home Media Server Setup

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The only plain English guide that shows every step; from plugging the hard drives in, to watching a movie, all in under 6 minutes! Watching your Movie & TV collection on Plex just got way easier.

I've used a Synology DS418play for this tutorial and although you can use your own Hard drives just be aware that the NAS immediately wipes them clean as part of the setup process!! You can either transfer all your files to a spare disk and then transfer the files back across afterwards, or you can buy new drives specifically for the job. This is a pain in the butt, but it's entirely necessary so that Synology can format the disks in such a way that it can backup data across all the drives going forwards.

Please also bear in mind that if you aren't using the Synology NAS that I'm recommending you'll need to check your NAS can transcode for the device you intend to stream to. A weak NAS won't have the power to transcode HD video for a device that can't transcode the video itself such as a Raspberry Pi, old phones or tablets.

If you want a more detailed demonstration of setting up Plex and how to use Amazon Alexa to control Plex, or even how to get Alexa to play your own music collection using Plex across your network then check out my previous tutorial here:

This guide moves at typical Paul Hibbert pace, so get ready to hit that pause button!

INTRODUCTION TO PLEX AND NAS
0:23 : Explanation as to what Plex is, and what is a NAS for / What does a NAS drive do.

MAIN TUTORIAL
1:30 : Step 1. Put drives in your NAS (IT WILL WIPE THEM CLEAN AND YOU WILL LOSE ANYTHING THAT IS ON THEM)
1:49 : Step 2. Accessing your NAS from your PC or mobile phone using Fing to find your NAS IP address.
2:47 : Step 3. Setting up the NAS for basic operation (just follow the wizard and select passwords. Pick the option for media server when it asks you what it's intended use is)
3:19 : Step 4. Transferring your movies and TV shows to your NAS using Webdav and BitKinex
4:43 : Step 5. Installing Plex Media Server onto the NAS and scanning your library of movies and TV shows into Plex
5:59 : Step 6. Installing Plex clients to your PC / Mobile Phone / Tablet (#plex-app)


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