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Plex on NAS

cybersco50cybersco50 Posts: 8Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

Hi, Is it possible someone who has gotten Plex to work on a Synology NAS working, might slap together a checklist as to how they achieved this magic? Specifically, getting Plex to recognize the network folders where your media is stored. I have tried the various suggestions posted on these forums, and have been totally frustrated by lack of success. Obviously, I am missing some key step in the process, but which one? Thanks to anyone kind enough to take a few minutes and possibly enlighten this novice user?
Thanks.....Cybersco

Answers

  • ProfitCProfitC Posts: 12Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass
    edited April 30

    Assuming all your folders are setup on Synology (unless you know how to give yourself read/write permissions)
    1) Mount MediaCenter (Synology Nas) to PC for easy editing
    https://support.plex.tv/articles/201122318-mounting-network-resources/
    https://www.synology.com/en-us/knowledgebase/DSM/help/DSM/Tutorial/store_with_windows
    2) Install Plex (correct NAS version....manually works best for me)
    https://www.plex.tv/downloads/
    3) organize media folders/filenames on NAS you wish to use for Plex
    https://support.plex.tv/articles/200288586-installation/
    https://support.plex.tv/articles/categories/media-preparation/naming-your-movie-media-files/
    4) add folders
    https://support.plex.tv/articles/200288926-creating-libraries/
    5) Agents
    https://support.plex.tv/articles/200241558-agents/

    Feedback:
    Key parts: Since plex likes to be controlled by web and you will most likely do so from a laptop or pc, Mounting/mapping your network drive (synology nas) is extremely helpful for adding folders without having to memorize the network location; (//volume1/video/...etc)

    I will include examples.
    Video (folder)
    I made sub directories: Movies, TV Shows, Music Videos, Home Videos & Children Movies, Children TV Shows
    On my PC, I mounted/mapped the main video folder and gave it letter V. So it looks like: Video (\MediaCenter) (V:)
    I did the same concept for letter M: Music and P: Photos.

    When you go inside Plex to add folders (step 3), browse for the locations.
    For example: /volume1/video/Movies
    Volume1 is your Synology drive (think of the root folder in MediaCenter), where video is the default video folder Synology wanted, and the movie folder is the subcategory to store your movie media. Inside that folder should be individual movie folders containing the movie file and poster file (optional).

    Plex Media Server - Synology DS215+
    Storage/NAS - Dual 4TB in Raid 1
    LiveTV DVR - HDHomeRun Prime with Fios/ Hauppauge WinTV DualHD USB TV Tuner (works with NVidia shield)
    Clients - Apple TV 4 / Nvidia Shield (2017) 16GB / HTPC/Game Desktop / Apple TV 3

  • cybersco50cybersco50 Posts: 8Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    Thanks, ProfitC. There must be something I did during setup that makes my system totally whacked from the way all of you did the setup routine. My media folder never shows up in the "Browse Media folders" menu, and if I attempt to do the UNC type-in routine, it just says "nothing in your movies library" message. So anyway, I may as well return the unit, as this was my main use of installing the unit in the first place. Thanks for trying!

  • cybersco50cybersco50 Posts: 8Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    Hey ProfitC, Just one last dying question. SHould the path be \DiskStation\music.....
    or //DiskStation/music/...... ? I have tried every combination of possible paths, and Plex just says "nope, nothing here". Yet the somewhat inadequate DS apps for video and audio find them without even trying. This is like trying to understand Einstein's math equations to me, eg. unfathomable.

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