How can I use Plex on my Synology NAS for media playback?

You can use Plex on your Synology NAS for media playback by following these steps:

1. Install Plex Media Server on your Synology NAS

To begin, you need to install Plex Media Server on your Synology NAS. Here's how:

  1. Log in to your Synology NAS web interface.
  2. Open the Package Center and search for "Plex Media Server."
  3. Click on the "Install" button to start the installation.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions and wait for the installation to complete.

2. Set up Plex Media Server

Once Plex Media Server is installed, you need to set it up to organize and stream your media files. Here's what you should do:

  1. Launch Plex Media Server from the main menu of your Synology NAS.
  2. Sign in or create a new Plex account if you don't have one already.
  3. Go through the initial setup process, where you'll be prompted to add libraries of your media files such as movies, TV shows, music, and photos.
  4. Select the appropriate folders on your NAS to add to each library.
  5. Configure advanced settings like media agents, language preferences, and customizing the appearance of the Plex interface.
  6. Wait for Plex to scan and organize your media library. This may take some time depending on the size of your files.

3. Install Plex client apps

To access and play your media files from your Synology NAS, you need to install Plex client apps on your devices. This can be done on your computer, smart TV, mobile phone, or any other device you want to use for media playback. Here's how:

  1. Go to the Plex website or respective app stores for your devices.
  2. Download and install the Plex app on your desired devices.
  3. Launch the Plex app and sign in to your Plex account.

4. Stream and enjoy your media

Once you have Plex Media Server set up and Plex client apps installed, you can start streaming and enjoying your media files. Here's how:

  1. Open the Plex app on your device.
  2. Select the Plex Media Server installed on your Synology NAS.
  3. Browse through your media libraries and select the file you want to play.
  4. Choose the device or TV where you want to stream the media.
  5. Sit back and enjoy your media playback!

Remember to keep your Synology NAS and Plex Media Server up to date for the best performance and access to the latest features.

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