How to Configure the Plex Media Server [Configuration Guide]

Many users get to know the programs after they start actively using them, and Plex Media Server is no exception. In fact, Plex Media Server is a universal program, and its features and capabilities are hard to overestimate. It can play media files, broadcast online and do many other things. But in order for it to work, you need to configure it correctly and to have an idea about what you will be dealing with.

According to PrizedReviews.com, you can use this program on your home computer. But in order to get the most out of it, for instance: to watch the high-quality video – it is recommended that you use a special server. I recommend reading this article on choosing the best NAS for Plex.

The configuration process must be taken seriously. If it’s done correctly, all the media content stored on the device will be systematized and organized, which will make it much easier to work with. Plex Media Server program is very popular, as it allows you to have remote access to all devices, and, in particular to: Smart TV, smartphones or PCs.

What is Plex Media Server?

We can get an idea of what Plex Media Server is from its main features, which we will talk about here.

  • It was mentioned earlier that with this player you can easily stream audio, video, graphics files from your computer directly on your TV screen without unnecessary gadgets and devices, that is remotely;
  • In addition, it improves the quality of image and sound, which allows users to enjoy viewing;
  • It is a virtual-physical server that can turn into a full-fledged platform for connecting other devices to expand the number of users who want to view better quality content and to have access to it.

Naturally, it is not easy for an inexperienced user to embrace all the possibilities of the media server, but after some practice, after completing the registration process and installing the system on all devices – that will be communication with each other via the media server – the process will become easier.

Setup and Installation

To get started with the media server, download it and install it to start. Everything is very simple and clear, because the program provides good instructions that help with the installation process. But first you need to download it to your computer. It often comes with Smart TV and NAS for Plex, so the user just needs to configure it and access the program.

You can start managing the resources only after registration, therefore, proceed to registration right away and get authorization to use the device to avoid potential problems that might arise if you are using the server without finishing all the necessary manipulations. So, first you need to visit the Plex.tv and get registered there.

The registration procedure on Plex is no different from that of other websites, because as soon as you go to the page, just click on SIGN UP. You will see a standard form that should be filled out accordingly. 

  • Login
  • Password and password confirmation
  • E-mail address
  • Date of Birth
  • Accept the terms and conditions offered by the website

When we configure everything properly, only reliable information is indicated.

To provide access from the Internet, the next step is to configure the server part of Plex Media Server for those who use the services of this server.

In the web interface, you can invite any user and allow them to use your lists of content. It is very convenient. But there is another condition – the user must also be registered, because in order to send an invitation, you need to know his nickname on Plex.TV. By the way, with the restrictions you set, the users will not be able to view all the content: only the content with granted access will be available to them.

Next, you need to check the settings of the client that received the invitation. A third-party user is allowed to view the content, but he is not allowed to edit it or, moreover, to delete it.

As you can see, there are no problems with setting up this program. Thanks to an easy-to-use interface, everything can be done in a matter of minutes; afterward, you can immediately start creating your own library or watching your favorite movies.

Clare Abner

Hey, I am Clare. I am a Content Marketer with substantial experience in content development and analysis as well. I observe changes in consumer trends and offer my services to business that can benefit from them. I have worked with some of the best in the business. When I am not busy working, you will usually find me parked on my couch with a bowl of popcorn. Making full use of my Frontier High Speed Internet I would be watching my favorite TV shows or browsing online stores!

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