Using a Synology NAS for media streaming with Plex
Yes, you can use your Synology NAS as a media streaming device with Plex.
Before setting up Plex on your Synology NAS, you need to ensure the following:
- A compatible Synology NAS model
- The latest version of DSM (DiskStation Manager) installed on your NAS
- An active internet connection
- Enough storage space on your NAS to store your media files
Installation and Setup:
Here are the steps to install and set up Plex on your Synology NAS:
- Open the Package Center on your NAS and search for "Plex Media Server".
- Click on "Install" and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.
- Once installed, open the Plex Media Server application.
- Create a Plex account or sign in if you already have one.
- Follow the prompts to set up your media library. This involves selecting the folders on your NAS that contain your media files.
- Once your media library is set up, Plex will start scanning and organizing your media files.
- You can access your media library through the Plex app on various devices, such as smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, or computers.
Streaming Media with Plex:
With Plex set up on your Synology NAS, you can now stream your media to different devices. Here's how:
- Install the Plex app on the device you want to use for streaming.
- Launch the Plex app and sign in with your Plex account.
- You should see your Synology NAS listed as a media server in the app. Select it.
- Browse your media library and select the media you want to stream.
- The selected media will start playing on your device.
Benefits of using Synology NAS with Plex for media streaming:
- Centralized storage: Your media files are stored on your Synology NAS, allowing easy access and management.
- Multi-device streaming: Plex supports streaming to various devices, making your media accessible on smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, etc.
- Media organization: Plex automatically organizes your media files, providing metadata, cover art, and additional information for a seamless browsing experience.
- Remote access: You can access your media library remotely, allowing you to stream your content from anywhere with an internet connection.
By utilizing your Synology NAS with Plex, you can enjoy a convenient and efficient media streaming experience across multiple devices.