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 Responses

  1. Panpan says:

    Hi, please help me at Plex plugin part.. it’s not working for me :( I’m almost there :'(

  2. Robert says:

    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!

  3. Wozza says:

    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 :(

    • Robert says:

      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.

  4. Ivan says:

    I don’t get it how this is a streaming server. This is just a storage solution.

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