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.
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.
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.
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.
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.