- What is an IP address?
- How to set a static IP address on Windows 7, Vista and Windows XP
- How to set a static IP address on OS X
Troubleshooting Network Connection Issues
Planning your Plex installation
Plex lets you easily create a media sharing network in your home. There are several ways that you could configure your network depending on how many Plex Playback Clients you want and where you store the media files.
Stand-alone configuration - single Plex Media Server on Mac, PC or Linux with local storage
The simplest Plex setup is a single computer running the Plex Media Server and Plex Media Center (the playback client for Mac and PC) with local file storage. You’ll still enjoy all the features of Plex - even be able to stream to Plex Mobile Clients or Plex-enabled Devices. Storage can be a NAS, DAS, internal or external hard drives. It’s also easy to add other Plex clients later on - just connect them to the network and you have an instant media center.
Single Plex Media Server with one or more Plex Clients
You may have a Windows PC, Mac or Linux computer that acts as a file server on your home network. You can install Plex Media Server on that machine and then connect Plex Playback Clients to that Media Server. There are numerous Plex Clients available both from Plex and third parties. A typical installation might be a Windows PC with the Plex Media Server installed, a Mac Mini connected to the main big screen, a Roku running the Plex Channel on a TV in another room and various mobile devices.
Ad-hoc configuration - Media distributed over several machines
If you have an area where several people have their own collection of media and don’t want to put it in a central place (like a share house or dorm), install and add media to each Plex machine. All other Plex clients in the area will be able to share your content. In this ad-hoc configuration, you don’t need to worry about any additional network settings. The Plex Media Server on each machine will seamlessly stream content to other clients. Remember, if you’re connecting via a wireless network, streaming HD video will consume most of the available bandwidth!
Please Note There are currently no access controls in Plex. This means that any other Plex client on your local network will be able to view your media. If you want to stop this from happening, you should connect only to your own private network. Future releases of Plex will introduce access controls.