Plex is an amazing tool to access your media content on all your devices. Here’s a quick beginners guide to getting up and running.
Plex is one of those services that has been around for some time but many of us might have passed over for some reason, be it a lack of understanding of what it actually does, thinking it couldn’t possibly be useful to you, or something else entirely. The truth is, Plex could be just what you’re looking for to help you manage your media collection.
Setting up a media server sounds daunting, but Plex makes it super simple — and dare we say, enjoyable. You just need to know where to begin, which is where we come in.
This is our beginner’s guide to Plex.
What is Plex?
The official Plex website describes it quite well:
One window into all your personal media. No matter where you are.
Your personal media. Everything you own, everything you have on your computer, accessible everywhere. On your mobile devices, through the web, even on some smart TVs and set top boxes.
Before you can use Plex to access your media on your other devices, you first need to set up your home server. This isn’t nearly as daunting as it sounds and involves downloading the Plex Media Server app to your computer. It comes in flavors for Mac, Windows, and Linux, as well as in a form designed for NAS drives. So it covers lots of bases.
Once installed, getting set up is a simple matter of following instructions in the web client — all your Plex-ing on your computer will be done in a browser — to tell it where to look for various media content. You’ll be hosting the content yourself, so you’ll need to make sure you can get to it at all