Can I use my Synology NAS for media streaming with Plex?

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:

  1. Open the Package Center on your NAS and search for "Plex Media Server".
  2. Click on "Install" and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.
  3. Once installed, open the Plex Media Server application.
  4. Create a Plex account or sign in if you already have one.
  5. Follow the prompts to set up your media library. This involves selecting the folders on your NAS that contain your media files.
  6. Once your media library is set up, Plex will start scanning and organizing your media files.
  7. 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:

  1. Install the Plex app on the device you want to use for streaming.
  2. Launch the Plex app and sign in with your Plex account.
  3. You should see your Synology NAS listed as a media server in the app. Select it.
  4. Browse your media library and select the media you want to stream.
  5. 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.

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