Plex Media Server on NB2800

This article describes how to install a Plex Media Server on a NB2800 router.

Plex is a freemium server/client-based media platform. It connects metadata to your files and lets you show your media on a huge variety of client devices. Also, you can activate the built-in DLNA server as a second way to stream your media files.


All preparations made are described in this article: How to set up a NB2800 File Server

If you need instructions on how to set up a LXC Container on NB2800 Routers, you can refer to this page:

The first thing you need to do is to install two programs which are needed for the installation to work properly. Enter

apt-get update
apt-get install gnupg2 apt-transport-https

Install Plex Media Server

Before the installation of Plex can start, you need to add the repositorys, from where Plex Media Server is loaded, to the system. For this, enter

wget -O - | apt-key add -
echo "deb jessie main" | tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/pms.list

Now that the system has the source from where it can load the Plex Media Server, you have to update the systems package lists:

apt-get update

Now you can install the Plex Media Server:

apt-get install plexmediaserver

Setup Plex Media Server

To get access to the Plex Media Server, open your web browser and go to http://IP-address-of-your-container:32400/web .

Now you can start to setup th Plex Media Server. On the first page, you can login to an existing Plex account or create a new one. If you want to continue without using an account, click on “What's this?” in the lower right corner.

On the next screen, click on “Skip and accept limited functionality” under the main window.

Click on “Got it!”

Here, you can give your Plex Media Server a name that is displayed to the clients. If not, the servers host name will be used.

In this screen you can add folders with different media types to be managed by Plex. You can also add folders later.

Click on “Done” and setup is completed.

Now you are directed to the Dashboard. From here on you can configure your Plex Media Server to your needs.

Plex Media Server temporarily transcodes all media to a format that the client can play directly. This can cause to high CPU load on the NB2800, exspecially when there are more clients to be served at a time. If you want to lower the load of your server, you can adjust transcoding settings to your needs. For that, go to Settings → Server → click on “Show Advanced” → Transcoder.