I have great news for WD My Passport Wireless (non-Pro model) owners!
Based on my now obsolete HOWTO thread for installing Plex Media Server on the WD My Passport Wireless (non-Pro model), I built an unofficial installer package which makes the installation of Plex Media Server a breeze on the "old" WD My Passport Wireless portable hard drive.
This self-extracting installer package will automate all steps of my now obsolete HOWTO to install Plex Media Server on the WD My Passport Wireless. The package does all kinds of error checking and will perform a new PMS install or upgrade an existing PMS install to the latest version and detect broken installs and fix them. I've also thrown in an uninstaller script to completely remove PMS from the WD MPW and restore the device to its factory settings without deleting your media files and Plex Media Server database.
Download my unofficial installer package
This package contains a public release of the Plex Media Server. I will not publish installers based on Plex Pass / Beta releases.
- Download my unofficial installer package from the above download link
- Connect to your WD My Passport Wireless WiFi network
- Open the WD My Passport Wireless web interface in a web browser at http://192.168.60.1
- Navigate to the Admin tab and enable the SSH and FTP access options. You may also switch the Battery Optimization scheme to Performance in the Hardware tab and turn off the Twonky Media Server by disabling the DLNA Streaming option on the Media tab of the web interface. If you don't, my installer package will take care of all that anyway.
- Copy the installer package to your WD My Passport Wireless public folder either by opening a network connection to your device or by connecting the device to your computer via USB. Leave the installer package in the root directory of your drive, do not copy it into a subfolder!
- SSH into your WD My Passport Wireless with a SSH client, for instance "Terminal" on OSX or "PuTTY" on Windows. Enter
ssh firstname.lastname@example.org the SSH client, then enter the password:
welc0me(yes, that's a zero, not an capital "O").
- Navigate to the root directory of the hard drive by entering
cd /DataVolumein the SSH client.
- Make sure that the installer package is located in the root directory by entering
lsin the SSH client. The package should be listed under the name
- Run the installer package by entering
./PlexMediaServer-126.96.36.19954-WDMPW.runin the SSH client and let it perform its magic. This will take a few minutes.
- Done! I highly recommend restarting the My Passport Wireless now.
You may now reach and configure your shiny new Plex Media Server by entering http://192.168.60.1:32400/web in any web browser on your local network.
Upgrading an existing Plex Media Server installation
If you have already installed Plex Media Server with an older version of my installer package or if you're one of the few brave who installed PMS by following my now obsolete HOWTO, you may also use my unofficial installer package to upgrade your Plex Media Server installation to the latest version. The installer script will detect that PMS is already installed and perform a safe and clean upgrade.
Uninstalling Plex Media Server
I have included an uninstaller script in the package. This script will perform a clean uninstall and restore your WD My Passport Wireless to its factory settings without deleting your media files and Plex Media Server database. It provides an option to remove the Plex Media Server database as well. Your media files will remain untouched on your hard disk.
To uninstall Plex Media Server:
- Copy the uninstaller script to the root folder of your hard disk:
cp -f /DataVolume/Plex\ Media\ Server/Application/WDMPW_SCRIPTS/uninstall.sh /DataVolume/
- Run the uninstaller:
- Remove the uninstaller script:
sudo rm uninstall.sh
- Eventually remove the remaining installer directory:
sudo rm -R plexmediaserver-installer