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How to: setting up a Plex environment

Plex:

  1. Plex is a media center software solution that mainly consists of two pieces: an open source front end and a closed source server portion called a plex media server.
  2. It is actually the fork of the open source project, XBMC, which started as the Xbox media center thereby allowing to stream media from the console.
  3. The plex media center only can be installed on windows or OS X.
  4. It also supplies an app for IOS, Android and windows phone7/8.
  5. It also allows you to access the media via a web client, which means that you can stream to any computer.

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Getting started:

A computer system with minimum of 2GB of memory and a decent processor such as Intel core 2 and higher are preferred along with home networks. Media can be used in a common format like MP3 for audio; MPEG-4 for video, only then you can stream more devices. A store drives to enjoy your media anywhere. We can use Ubuntu 12.10 and you can download it normally.

Installing plex media server:

  1. Click on Linux and download Ubuntu depending on the version, which you prefer.
  2. You can also choose the Ubuntu software center for direct download.
  3. To install via software center click download and select “open with Ubuntu software center and then click ok.
  4. Click on the install button once the software center opens up.
  5. Enter your password and click authenticate.
  6. The progress indicator will show you that the flex is being installed.
  7. After it has completed installation, press the finally installed option.

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Setting up a plex media server:

Open your browser and navigate to localhost: 32400/manage index.html. You will be greeted with the screen and with an end user license agreement. After accepting the EULA click the agree button. You will be asked to enter the friend’s name enter it and click next. Then plex will ask you to create a media library and it divides our media into various sections.

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