How do I connect the Plex Channel on Roku to Plex Media Server running on my computer
In order for your Roku to properly connect to Plex Media Server, your computer needs to be on and Plex Media Server needs to be running on your computer.
1. Auto Discovery and Connection
When you launch the Plex Channel on your Roku it will automatically discover and attempt to connect to your Plex Media Server running on your home network. If the connection is successful you will see the library sections you setup in Plex Media Manager as well as any Plex Channels you have added.
For this to work correctly, the computer that you installed Plex Media Server on needs to be running and Plex Media Server has to be running on that computer. Also, the computer and the Roku need to be connected to the same network. You can check this by comparing the IP addresses of the computer and the Roku. Standard internal home IP addresses usually look something like 192.168.1.1. The third set of numbers, in this case the bold 1 - 192.168.1.1, is what determines the network the device is on. So for instance, if your computer has an IP address of 192.168.1.3 and your iOS device has an IP address of 192.168.2.2 then you can see that they are on separate networks because the third set of number on each IP address do not match. Please refer to our Networking Guide if this is happening to you.
2. Manually Add the Plex Server
If auto discovery doesn't connect to your Roku to your Media Server, then you can try manually adding the IP address of the computer running Plex Media Server. If you are going to manually add the IP address, then you want to make sure your computer has a static IP address. By default, when a computer is turned on it will use the first IP address that is available on the network. When you set a static IP address you tell the computer to always use the same IP address. This is very important if you are going to manually add your Plex Media Server to the app. Please refer to our Networking Guide if you're not sure how to set a static IP address.
To add your Media Server manually follow these steps: 1. Go to the Settings section in the Plex Channel.
2. Select Plex Media Servers
3. Select Add Server Manually
4. On the next screen enter just the IP Address of the computer running Plex Media Server and select done
3. What is the myPlex Pin for?
The myPlex pin creates a secure connection between the myPlex servers and your Roku. It does not play a part in establishing a connection between Plex Media Server running on your computer and your Roku. Click here for more information about using the myPlex Pin.