Posted 18 December 2011 - 08:27 PM
First thing, to really take advantage of Plex, you need to set up a plex media server. This can be on a desktop at home or something similar, something that you generally want to keep on 24/7 as it will serve your media to all your plex devices. Go to plexapp.com, click on the icons at the bottom for windows or mac, whichever type of computer you have. Click the "Download Plex Media Server" button on the computer you want to set up the server on, install the software, select the folders where your media content is: videos, music, tv shows, home movies, photos etc... Let it run and it will automatically find album artwork, dvd covers and meta data content as well as organize and sort the media.
Now, your best bet after the server is setup is to go to my.plexapp.com and set up an account. Go back to your server, open the Media Manager (right click the tray icon, click "Media Manager"), at the top click on Preferences, click the myPlex tab and enter your username and password. Once configured and you have the Green light in the media manager, go back to the my.plexapp.com page and now click on the "Servers" tab at the top. You should see your computer listed that you just set up and it should say "Connected" if you click on it.
Now, all you need to do is... on your TV, Smartphone, laptop or desktop, whatever... Install the application, and in the settings, log into your myPlex account with the same username and password that you setup initially, and it will automatically connect to your media server that you have running and configured as your server. From here, you can add channels or videos to your queue, access all your media from within your home network of if your on a phone or your laptop away from your house, you can access your media library remotely. Having the PMS (Plex Media Server) allows you to access any of your media locally or remotely, and any channels or videos you add to your queue will be synchronized to all of your devices automatically. So, you can start watching a movie on your server from your iPhone say, and go into your living room and start where you left off watching it on yout TV. Or, add a youTube video to your queue from your laptop and it will show up on your TV, or desktop, or phone...
Really is a great service and I don't know what I would do without it! Hope you enjoy it as much as I have.