How to Set Up A Media Server Using Plex

If you’re a true film buff, it’s easy to amass an outlandish digital library.

This is especially true if you do editing work of your own. The problem is that when you collect a large number of multimedia files, they can get messy and become difficult to sift through. 

Services like Plex not only allow you to organize your downloads, but also allow you to stream them to a number of different devices once they’re added to the program. 

Getting Thrifty

If you bought a huge library of movies and TV shows in a physical format like DVDs before playing became standard, you may have a hard time stomaching a monthly fee to stream media that you already paid for once. 

Plex allows you to take the media from those discs, save them to the program, and then stream them like you might from Netflix or Hulu. Once your media is added to your Plex account, all you have to do is make sure you have the app installed on any device from which you want to stream, and setting up the server is simpler than you might imagine.

Simple but Secure

Once you download Plex, you can add media that you’ve downloaded from the Internet, as well as that which you’ve gleaned from CDs and DVDs. Plex will walk you through the process of adding your media once you’ve downloaded the program. 

Next, you can set up a server by finding the “server” section in your settings. Click “general” from there, and choose to add whatever parts of your library you would like to your media server. After that, you’ll be able to stream all of your files from any device with a compatible Plex app. 

The digital age doesn’t mean that you have to leave behind all of your treasures of the past—make them work for you by working with Plex.