Many of us have Netflix and Amazon Prime Subscriptions. But have you ever thought how these big companies manage to present this data to us in such organized way? Well, today I’m going to show the way by which you can also do the same with your media files. If not videos, then this method will be applicable to Music, photos etc. Basically, you are going to make a Home Media Server
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HOME SERVER AND HOME MEDIA SERVER
Before we get started, you should know the difference between the Home Server and the Home Media Server. Home server is a simple server which is used to share files of all formats. However, a media server is just for media files like videos, music, images etc. Plex is an application that broadcasts your media files to all the users of a network but in an attractive way. For better understanding, let’s take an example of Netflix. When you open Netflix app on your device, you see an interactive interface where you have recommended movies, latest releases etc. Plex will do the exact same job. Now that you know what is Plex, let’s get started.
Step 1:- Choose a PC you want to change into a server
This is the step of your building process. I would recommend you to choose a PC that you no longer use. However, if you still choose to use or daily PC, do note that doing this may destroy PC’s internals because some hardware’s are not intended for passing voltage for a longer time. It means that they do need some rest. On the other hand, if you use an extra PC that is lying somewhere in your home, you will be free from the thought of damaging it because you no longer use it. As simple as that. Anyways.
Step 2:- Make sure your PC has Windows Installed
Plex is available on all the Operating Systems. However, this guide is for Windows. If you want, we will publish a guide for installing Plex on other Operating Systems too. Just head to our contact page and write to us. Let’s carry on. If your PC is running Windows, then congratulations, you are one step closer to your dream.
Step 3:- Setting Up Plex
This is the easiest and the last part of our guide. In this step, you will be installing and setting up Plex to make your server live. To do this, head to Plex site and hit Sign Up option on the top right corner. If you already have a Plex account, you can log in.
Once you have made your account, you will be asked to upgrade to Premium. You can do that if you want but it will fine if you will not pay. However, a Premium account offers many extra features but a normal person would not be affected by their absence. Alright, now download the Plex app for your PC and then start adding your media.
Now you can stream all the files that you have added to all the devices. Also, you can stream these media files from anywhere condition being that your Server PC is turned on and is connected to the internet. Plex streaming app is available on almost all the devices so compatibility will never be an issue with it.
WHY PLEX ONLY?
This must be the question in the minds of some people. However, The Extent will always answer them. Plex is one of the best apps out there to serve you for this purpose. I am saying this because of my experience with Plex. I never had security issues with this one. If you are one those people who are worried about the security of their content, then I would say that it will be safe. I am not giving you any kind of guarantee, I am just sharing my experience. You know what, let’s talk about the security in detail.
Even though your media is being accessed by you over the internet but it is kept secure from the hackers and other Plex users. We have talked about the similarities between Plex and Netflix, I also want to say that Plex uses almost the same security as Netflix. To access your files, you have to enter a username which is unique to all and a password which you set. Also, all your files are hosted on your PC so you cannot blame The Extent or Plex for a vulnerability that was there on your PC.
In order to protect your PC from virus, I would recommend you to regularly update your PC and invest in an antivirus.
There are many people who usually don’t have an extra PC. If you are one of those, then this bonus tip can make your process easy. Netgear launched a wireless router that packs an inbuilt support for the Plex. All you need to do is setup your router and connect your storage with all the media files to the USB port. That’s it. The name of this awesome sounding router is Netgear Nighthawk X10.
We have been using this router for a long time now and for us, streaming from Plex has never been a problem. Additionally, the router also provides you the best performance while online gaming and 4K Video streaming. With all these upsides, this router also has a downside. The only downside that I could find after using this router for so long is that it is heavily priced starting of $463.
Anyways, this is how you are gonna make your home media server to make your life even better. If you have any queries, do comment them below or head to our forums.