# The Ultimate Home Entertainment Experience: Setting Up Your Own Plex Server

# Introduction

In today's digital age, home entertainment has evolved far beyond cable TV and DVDs. With the advent of streaming services and digital media collections, it's now possible to curate and enjoy your favorite movies, TV shows, music, and more right from the comfort of your own home. One of the most powerful tools to enhance your home entertainment experience is setting up a Plex server. In this article, we'll explore what Plex is, why you should have one at home, and how to get started on your journey to creating the ultimate home entertainment hub.

# What is Plex ?

Plex is a media server software that allows you to organize, manage, and stream your media content, including movies, TV shows, music, photos, and more. It's an incredibly versatile and user-friendly platform that gives you the ability to access your content from virtually any device with an internet connection. Whether you have an extensive digital media collection or are just starting to build one, Plex can turn your home into an all-in-one media center.

# Why You Should Have a Plex Server at Home

  1. Centralized Media Library : Plex helps you consolidate all your media files in one location, making it easy to find and access your content. No more hunting through different folders or searching for lost DVDs.
  2. Access from Anywhere : With a Plex server, you can access your media library from any device with the Plex app, including smartphones, tablets, computers, and even smart TVs. This means you can enjoy your favorite content whether you're at home or on the go.
  3. User-Friendly Interface : Plex offers an intuitive and aesthetically pleasing user interface that makes it easy for you and your family to browse and enjoy your content.
  4. Media Management : Plex automatically fetches metadata for your media, such as movie posters, cast information, and episode descriptions. It also allows you to create playlists, add ratings, and even share your library with friends and family.

# Setting Up Your Plex Server

First, you'll need a computer to act as your server. The server's specifications depend on the number of users and the quality of your media. A dedicated server or a NAS (Network Attached Storage) device is often recommended for optimal performance.

For the server, you can use an old pc laying around or buy one or rent a server to a company. Servers as such are often called seedbox.

Some seedbox recommandations :

Websites Price/tb
Seedbox.fr 🇫🇷 4,69 €/1tb
ultra.cc 🇳🇱 13.95$/3tb
whatbox.ca 🇨🇦 14 €/2tb

# Seedbox

Those Apps are usually already available and installed.

  1. Radarr
  2. Sonarr
  3. Jackett
  4. Plex
  5. Transmission/Deluge
  6. Flaresolverr (optionnal)
  7. Nextcloud/Filebrowser (optionnal)

# Home Server

OS : TrueNAS, Unraid, Linux, Windows Server

VPN (Bye bye Hadopi) : NordVPN, OpenVPN, Wireguard, ProtonVPN

  1. Radarr
  2. Sonarr
  3. Jackett
  4. Plex
  5. Transmission/Deluge
  6. Flaresolver (optionnal)
  7. Filebrowser or Nextcloud (optionnal)

And you might want to setup an smb share to access/upload files to your server from your pc.

# Method 1

To add new content, simply select it and move it to the corresponding folder on your hard disk. In other words, if you have a video that you'd like to have on the TV from Plex, access the path you selected for videos/movies when creating the server and paste it there.

Something very interesting about using this service is that, if the title you add to it is sufficiently well-known, Plex has a content analyzer with which it will automatically place coverage and certain data on these videos.

# Method 2

  • Downloading a .torrent file
  • Add it to your bittorrent client (select your folder, and add it)
  • It will download it if there is peers available.

Peers : people that have already download the file

Websites Recommandations:


# Method 3

  • Use Radarr or Sonarr to select the movie and it will download it if it's available on your trackers
  • Use NZB360 on your phone to use those easily

French Trackers : ABN, sharewood, yggtorrent

# Conclusion

A Plex server at home is the perfect solution for anyone looking to create the ultimate home entertainment experience. With the ability to centralize your media, access it from anywhere, and customize your setup, Plex turns your home into a personal streaming service. So, why wait? Dive into the world of Plex and take your home entertainment to the next level today. Your couch will thank you!