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How to Install Plex on a Synology NAS with DSM 7

7 février 2022 à 01:11

A Guide to Installing Plex Media Server on your Synology NAS with the DSM 7

If you have been looking at buying a NAS drive for Plex to use as your own private Netflix, then there is a very good chance that you have heard the name ‘Synology’. They are the brand that produces some of the most user-friendly, yet powerfully efficient (yes, that is a thing!) servers in the market in 2022 and are often a highly recommended choice for setting up a slick, polished media streaming solution that uses YOUR movies/boxsets. Last year, Synology updated its system software and services platform, Diskstation Manager, from version 6.2 to 7.0 and improved a number of the system’s abilities and processes. However, the process for installing Plex media server on your Synology NAS changed, with DSM changing access privileges and defaults for 3rd party programs in order to ensure their solutions were as secure as possible. If you are running a Synology NAS drive with DSM 6.2 and are wondering how to install Plex Media Server, it is still remarkably straight forward and a full video walkthrough guide on this can be found HERE. However, those of you who have the most recent DSM7 upgrade (with DSM 7.01 and 7.1 already rolling out over 2022 gradually) will have found that the process for installing Plex has changed noticeably. So, today I wanted to walk you through, step by step, how to install Plex on a DSM 7 Synology NAS from beginning to end and ensure you get it right, first time. Alternatively, there is a video at the bottom of the page that will walk you through even quicker. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy this guide.

Plex Installation Guide on the DSM 7.0

Installing Plex on a NAS with DSM 7.0 is actually VERY similar to that of installing it on a DSM 6.2 Synology NAS, however, there are a few small changes in the process which allow Plex Media Server to access the correct directories. Previously these steps might be needed by most people but were not directed by the application especially clearly, so having these steps integrated into the formal setup is actually quite a smart idea by Synology. Let’s begin:

Step 1 – Head To The App Center

Step 2 – Go to the Beta Section

Step 3 – Find Plex Media Server and select Join Beta

Step 4 – Install Beta Application (speed depends on Internet Connection)

Step 5 – Select the location of where the Log Files will be installed – Can be left blank and it will save to the default directory

Step 6 – (This is the NEW bit) Give the Plex Media Server Application Permission to access the media directories. Head to the Control Panel

Step 7 – Then ‘Shared Folders’

Step 8 – Select the Folder where your Media is located in. In my case it is DS220PLUSSHARE – But it will be different on your own NAS device and based on your own storage setup

Step 9 – Select EDIT (at the top)

Step 10 – Then select the Permissions Tab

Step 11 – If Plex has created a local User (likely in DSM 6.2 . DSM 6 7.0 migration setups), make sure that the PLEX user account still has Read and/or Read/Write Access in the tick box list

Step 12 – Then (IMPORTANT) Select the drop-down menu at the top and switch to ‘System Internal’

Step 13 – Scroll down to the ‘Plex’ entry and give it Read and Write Access, then save the changes

Step 14 – Head back into the App Center window and click OK on the Plex Media App install setup window

Step 15 – The Plex Media APP should be installed and you can go ahead and click OPEN in the App Center window OR open it from the main Synology App dashboard

Step 16 – As this is a reinstallation of Plex Media Server on a NAS system as far as the Plex NAS app is concerned, the system may require PLEX to ‘claim’ the NAS once again, just head into the individual Server Settings and an option to CLAIM the server will appear in orange

Step 17 – Whether this is your first Plex Installation OR a DSM migration, you will likely need to establish the pathways for each multimedia file type.

Step 18 – Just head upto the ADD LIBRARY option and a popup will appear that allows you to select each Media Type

Step 19 – Then browse the directories (that you gave the Plex Media Application permission to access) and add the media that is appropriate

Step 20 – Now the Plex Media Server Application will scrape all the metadata from the site librarys (rotten tomatoes, IMDB, etc) and fill out all the slick PLEX GUI for your connected clients to enjoy.

And there you have it. Plex is now installed on your DSM 7 equipped NAS System. Here is a video that will guide you through the process if you prefer visuals over text!

Want to learn more about DSM 7.1 and what Synology plan for 2022? Watch my article below that covers the highlights:

 

If you are looking for the driver fix for the Synology NAS and Plex installation with J4025 and J4125 processors, you can find the video walkthrough and step by step guide below:

 

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Plex Netgear NAS Performance List

14 janvier 2022 à 02:00

What is the Best Netgear NAS for a Plex Media Server?

Plex has fast become the most popular media server software for home users in 2021/2022. With a slick user interface, smart organization, relevant media images and descriptions sourced from many online sources applied automatically and clever show recommendations and watched records, it is easy to see why Plex challenges many of the online streaming platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Instant and Hulu. Another attractive feature of Plex is that the software is available free (or a more feature-rich paid version), whereas online streaming sources have monthly subscriptions, do not let you play your own content and change/rotate available media content on a monthly basis. With Plex, you play the media that you own and it is organized in an attractive and easy way. However in order to take advantage of Plex, you need a device for your media and the Plex media server to live, and this is where the money part comes. The best means with which to host a plex media server is a Network Attached Storage device (or NAS server). One of the biggest NAS server providers in the world right now is Netgear and they have a large range of NAS devices that support Plex in many, many ways (transcoding, smooth running, 4K, etc). However which Netgear NAS should you buy for your Plex media server, what is transcoding on a Netgear Plex media server like and what is the best Netgear NAS for a Plex Media Server (PMS)?

What is Software Transcoding on a Netgear Plex Media Server?

When media lives on your Netgear NAS, often the device a that you are playing back your plex media (Smart TV, iPhone, Laptop, iPod) onto cannot support the media file type, the resolution or audio codec. In this case, the Plex Media Server on your Netgear NAS will try to change the file to a more suitable version, on the fly, to ensure you can enjoy your media in the best way. This is known as transcoding and though the Plex application is actioning this with the software, the actual work is being done by the Netgear NAS CPU. Software transcoding takes a heavy toll on the CPU and you will need a relatively powerful processor in order to support this feature. Typically the CPU will need to be:

  • In Intel or AMD Based Based CPU that is 64bit (x86) in Architecture
  • Higher than 1.6Ghz in Frequency
  • More than 2 Cores

It is important to highlight that transcoding for Plex on a Netgear NAS only really needs more power in the case of converting/changing video files. Audio and Image files will not require much support from the NAS.

Choosing the Right Netgear NAS for a Plex Media Server

When it comes to choosing the right Netgear NAS for your Plex Media Server, below I have broken down the entire currently available NAS you can buy. I have broken them down into the following areas:

Model ID – This is the Name of the Netgear NAS Device

CPU – This is the central processor of the Netgear NAS server and this will be what decides the performance of your Plex Media Server

SD 480p / 576p –Most likely the lowest point at which you will need transcoding of a video media file, 480p was used for many early Plasma televisions, whereas 576p is considered Standard Definition in many countries worldwide

HD 720p – Otherwise known as ‘HD Ready’ or ‘Standard HD’, it is generally considered the lowest starting point for watching HD media and starts at 1280×720

HD 1080p – Widely regarded at ‘Full-HD’, it arrives at 1920×1080. Most media listed at high definition in 2021/2022 will be 1080P

4K SDR 2160p – 4K SDR is the entry point into 4K Media. An SDR 2160p supported TV has around 4,000 lines of resolution (the lines across the screen that form the rows of pixels) but is not capable of completely showing the depth and richness of colours spectrum and contrast of 4K HDR. It is by no means a compromise and still an excellent picture, but rather this is due to the physical differences in the construction of the screen and not just how the images are processed, just like the differences between and SD and HDTV.

4K UHD HDR 2160p – The current top end of 4K Media file formats in popular commercial media. A 4K HDR TV has the same 4000 lines of resolution as those that support 4K SDR 2160p, but is physically capable of rendering an image with increased contrast and richer colours\separation thanks to the physical build superiority.

Be sure to check the kind of media you own (or plan on streaming from your Netgear NAS), as well as the devices you will be playing back on for a better idea of what kind of plex media transcoding support you will need from your NAS server from Netgear. Be sure to check the supported file types (most common modern files types you find for 1080p and 4K are .MKV .MP4 .MOV and .AVI).Below is the entire current Netgear NASrange and how well they perform in the Plex Media Server Application with a single Stream.

Guide for the Chart Below

Software Transcode = Uses the NAS software and CPU Power to alter a file to a more suitable Plex Playback type

Hardware – Accelerated Transcoding – Uses Embedded Graphics that are Integrated into the CPU to Alter a file to a more suitable version for Plex Playback

RED BOX – Recommended Synology NAS for Plex Media Server. Could be based on Performance, Price or Value between both

Use the FREE ADVICE Button to contact me directly for a recommendation on the Best Plex NAS for your Setup/Budget. Please bear in mind that this is a one-man operation, so my reply might take a little bit of time, but it will be impartial, honest and have your best interests at heart.

 

Software Transcoding Hardware – Accelerated Transcoding
Model CPU Model SD
480p / 576p
HD
720p
HD
1080p
4K
SDR 2160p
SD
480p / 576p
HD
720p
HD
1080p
H.264
2160p
HEVC SDR
2160p
RN102 ARMv7 (Armada 370) 1.2GHz No No No No No No No No No
RN104 ARMv7 (Armada 370) 1.2GHz No No No No No No No No No
RN202 ARMv7 (Cortex A15) 1.2GHz Yes Yes Some No No No No No No
RN204 ARMv7 (Cortex A15) 1.2GHz Yes Yes Some No No No No No No
RN212 ARMv7 (Cortex A15) 1.4Ghz Yes Yes Some No No No No No No
RN214 ARMv7 (Cortex A15) 1.4Ghz Yes Yes Some No No No No No No
RN312 x86 (Atom D2701) 2.13GHz Yes Some No No No No No No No
RN314 x86 (Atom D2701) 2.13GHz Yes Some No No No No No No No
RN316 x86 (Atom D2701) 2.13GHz Yes Some No No No No No No No
RN428 x64 (Atom C3000) 2.4Ghz Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No
RN516 x64 (Core i3-3220) 3.3GHz Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No
RN526X x64 (Xeon D-1508) 2.2Ghz Yes Yes Yes Some No No No No No
RN626X x64 (Xeon D-1521) 2.4Ghz Yes Yes Yes Some No No No No No
RN2120 ARMv7 (Armada XP) 1.2GHz No No No No No No No No No
RN3220 x64 (Core i3-3220 v2) 3.3GHz Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No
RN3312 x64 (Xeon E3-1225 v5) 3.3Ghz Yes Yes Yes Some Yes Yes Yes H.264 Only Decode Only
RN4220s x64 (Xeon E3-1225 v2) 3.2GHz Yes Yes Yes Some No No No No No
RN4220x x64 (Xeon E3-1225 v2) 3.2GHz Yes Yes Yes Some No No No No No
RN4312S x64 (Xeon E3-1245 v5) 3.5Ghz Yes Yes Yes Some Yes Yes Yes H.264 Only No
RN4312X x64 (Xeon E3-1245 v5) 3.5Ghz Yes Yes Yes Some Yes Yes Yes H.264 Only No

What is Accelerated Transcoding with Plex on my NAS?

Some Netgear NAS arrive with a CPU that has improved rendering or graphical embedding enabled. This means that is Plex can utilize this hardware for transcoding, it will require much, much less of the CPU processing power to transcode a video file. In order to take advantage of Plex hardware transcoding on your Netgear NAS, you will need to first check which NAS supports the transcoding to the extent you need by checking below. Next, you will need to upgrade your Plex Membership from the free version to the paid ‘Plex Pass’ subscription, as the option of Accelerated Transcoding with Netgear NAS hardware is not included in the plex free subscription. How to Enable Hardware Acceleration with Plex Media Server on a Netgear NAS

To use Hardware Transcoding on your Netgear NAS in a Plex Media Server, you need to enable it using the Plex Web access (head over to your Plex User interface on your browser.

  1. Open the Plex Web app.
  2. Navigate to Settings > Server > Transcoder to access the server settings.
  3. Turn on Show Advanced in the upper-right corner to expose advanced settings.
  4. Turn on Use hardware acceleration when available.
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  5. Click Save Changes at the bottom.

The changes should take place straight away and there is no need to reboot your Netgear NAS. Be sure to have updated to the latest version of the Plex Media Server application on your NAS and that Hardware Transcoding is listed as supported in the list above.


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