How to Create Your Own “Home Media Streaming Server” Using Plex with FreeNAS – Part 3

10. Now, it’s time to define a Share, choose Sharing from left side. Here we need to choose the common sharing method let we choose CIFS sharing it can be accessible from every operating system environments.

To create a CIFS (samba) sharing click on Add windows CIFS Share. In popup window give the name for share as “tecmint_broadcast” and choose the tecmedia data-set from the browse. We need to allow anonymous users to access the media files in our dataset Choose “Allow Guest Access” and click OK to save the configuration.

Add Windows Share
Add Windows Share
Allow Guest Access to Share
Allow Guest Access to Share

12. After saving above configuration, it will prompt you to enable service choose YES to enable the samba share.

Enable Service
Enable Service
Enabled Samba Share
Enabled Samba Share

Step 3: Enabling Plex Media Plugins

13. To enable plugins, choose Plugins Menu from the top. By default it will list the available plugins. Choose plexmediaserver and click on install. While prompt for confirmation click on Ok to install the Plugins. The plugin installation will take some time as it downloads all plugins needed for FreeNAS.

Enable Plex Media Plugins
Enable Plex Media Plugins
Install Plex Media Plugins
Install Plex Media Plugins

The above step will download all the packages which included in the default repository. If you wish to download only specific plugin, you can use wget. For example, here is a sample transmission plugin download using wget command from the FreeNAS Plugin Repo.

# wget --progress=dot http://download.freenas.org/plugins/9/x64/transmission-2.82-amd64.pbi

After downloading the package we can install it from the Plugins TAB by uploading the downloaded plugin. This way you can install as many as plugins or all plugins locally with the help of the following command.

# wget -r --progress=dot http://download.freenas.org/plugins/9/x64/

Step 4: Adding Storage for Jails

14. Choose Jails Menu and select the added jails from the list, as we have added plexmediaserver choose it and add the storage for our jails. While selecting the jails we can see the menu in the bottom.

Add Storage Jails
Add Storage Jails

15. Click on Add Storage and choose the source as our dataset “tecmedia” choose the destination as media by default. Click OK to add the storage.

Add Storage Dataset
Add Storage Dataset

16. Next, we need to enable the plex media plugin, select Plugins and choose the Installed Plugins menu. Now under Service Status, we can see it’s in OFF status, Click on it to ON the plex media server.

Enable Plex Media Plugin
Enable Plex Media Plugin

17. Click the Plugins in left side pane and choose PlexMediaServer, then check the “Disable remote Security” and click on OK to save the changes made.

Enable Plex Media Access
Enable Plex Media Access

Again Select the PlexmediaServer and Click on “here” It will redirect to Plex media setup screen.

Access Plex Media Setup
Access Plex Media Setup

Step 5: Plex Media Server UI Setup

18. From the Plex Media setup screen, you need to accept the Licence agreement.

Plex Media License Agree
Plex Media License Agree

19. Click on + sign to add the media library.

Add Media Library Plex Media
Add Media Library Plex Media

20. Here I’m choosing Movies and click next to give a name for my Library.

Select Movies
Select Movies
Name Media Library
Name Media Library
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10 thoughts on “How to Create Your Own “Home Media Streaming Server” Using Plex with FreeNAS – Part 3”

  1. Wozza, i had that same problem. It’s very simple. If you click on plexmedia and it asks you something about security you followed the steps on page 2. When u did that the service automatically turned off again. So u need to again turn the plugin on. Then it will work! Awesome tutorial, set it all up in my house. Thanks!

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  2. Followed to the letter, but does not work. Fresh install of FreeNAS 9.10, but when you click on the link to go to the Plex Media setup screen, just comes up with “Page not found”. Can’t see why :(

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    • Turn the service Plex on again. It automatically turned off when u clicked ok and then tried to click on ‘here’ for plex media. Check the plugin, its turned off.

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