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How to install Plex on a living room Nas

How to install Plex on a living room Nas

The review of Plex that we published some time ago here on the pages of Macitynet has had a remarkable success of views and comments: we have therefore decided to take advantage of the interest due to this platform to offer a new starting point. In the review we talked about Plex installed on a Mac, which for obvious reasons the most powerful and flexible solution, but also true that not everyone has a Mac that acts as a server, and sometimes it can be more convenient to rely on a disk of network, maybe a familiar NAS like the Western Digital MyCloud Mirror, also reviewed in these pages a short time ago.

A NAS far from a Mac and, with an administration managed by a browser, the installation of an App like Plex can frighten those who do not have much practice: it seemed a good idea to provide some passages illustrated so as to clarify the most difficult phases, even if then most of the work will be in the customization of the library, an operation certainly more within the reach of even the less "geek" users.

The following procedures start from a disk WD MyCloud Mirror of the latest generation, already installed and running, from a Mac or Windows PC present in the same network with a modern browser (we have used Safari, but the various Firefox, Chrome and Opera are also fine): obviously with some small differences, all very similar to other home NAS.

Ready? We proceed.

The main window of the WD MyCloud configuration pageThe main window of the WD MyCloud configuration page

We download Plex

Once you have accessed the Home screen, we can view the type of content: let's move between the menus in the top bar until we find the App section. From here, with a click on the + button at the bottom left, we add an App among those available in the Western Digital App Store: scroll until we find Plex and click Install.

The WD App storeThe WD App store

Once the procedure is finished, select the App in the list on the left to check the data in the central panel: in particular, the Configure button opens a new web page that shows the Plex administration page, now functional: the address shown in the browser is useful because it will allow us to find the Plex server in the future from Mac or PC, while usually through the mobile App, when the devices are on the network, the server is found automatically.

The Plex App seen from the WD NASThe Plex App seen from the WD NAS

Hence the procedure more or less similar to the configuration of the server on Mac or PC, with some natural expedient: for example, once you open the Settings> Server section at the top right, in the General section, check for updates. In our case it was necessary to make one even if the App had just been downloaded, going from a state of high instability of the App to one of good presence: generally the App updates itself (it is necessary that the NAS, in this case MyCloud of Western Digital, has internet access) but we can also intervene manually by downloading the file directly from the Plex website.

The server update can be performed automatically or manuallyThe server update can be performed automatically or manually

If we have a useful PlexPass account, enter your ID and Password: the paid account and guarantees the use of all the features of Plex without limits, from any device. As an alternative to the subscription formula, we can evaluate the purchase of the various apps for mobile, available for practically any platform (from Mac and PC Plex is used safely from a browser): with the purchase we have the possibility of using an App for a platform, with subscription we can use lApp on any platform.

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The creation of the libraryThe creation of the library

Building a very easy and mostly automatic library, Plex looks within the folder for all compatible files, recognizes titles and if available online it also shows the Poster, the pilot of the film or TV series and for TV series it also makes you feel music while browse the episodes.

in this case it is useful to understand how Plex reasons, to avoid misunderstandings: indicating a folder like Film means that it only contains Movies, and not TV Series, which must be placed in another folder, otherwise Plex will ignore the subfolders or all the files that are not He recognizes.

For personal videos, for example, we must indicate the library as Home Videos, so that Plex does not unnecessarily search for references on the net (because they do not exist) and show all the films. The distinction seems obvious but not, and a good skimming before giving Plex the folders will offer greater speed and less headaches.

A page from a Plex library, in this case a TV seriesA page from a Plex library, in this case a TV series

Otherwise, the server automatisms will work very well: the MyCloud disk we tested performed well with the files. If this is already the minimum NAS effort in MP4, alternatively Plex also reads MKV or AVI files but with a much greater effort (the conversion takes place in real time) and there is a serious risk of excessive fan noise, which can become annoying at home .

Playing a file, in this case from a browser

Better to convert them manually first: we are happy to rely on HandBrake, free software whose interface is not quite simple but works flawlessly.

For playback you can rely on the official App for iPhone and iPad, for Android or even the native App for the new AppleTV, the only one that is truly free.

Western Digital can be purchased directly from the site in different configurations.